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A Boy’s Prayer for His Dad

My blessings to all the wonderful Dads on their special day! We need each one of you. Your family needs you.

Here is a story I wrote five years ago. I’m sharing it again to remind us of one of Jesus’ many promises:

“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something
and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”

Matthew 18:19, NCV

Hopefully this story will inspire you and your family, to take hold of Jesus’ promise and agree in prayer. I know by personal experience how wonderful this promise is. I have practiced ir many time.

To print the story: 32 Alex’s Prayer

Alex was worried. When his father came home from work each day they usually played ball. He was always cheerful and jovial, and sometimes he told jokes as the family sat around the dinner table. But lately he came home from work in a bad mood and didn’t want to play with Alex and his sister and brothers. All he did after dinner was watch television.

“Mom, what did I do to Dad? He doesn’t want to play with me anymore,” Alex asked his mom.

“Son, you haven’t done anything,” she replied with some concern.

“Well, why is Dad not happy and cheerful like before?”

“He’s worried, Son. His boss is treating him very badly. The boss can’t fire him but he’s making life miserable for your dad. I think his boss is hoping he’ll get tired of it and look for another job.”

“I’ll pray for Dad,” said Alex.

ALEX PRAYED EVERY NIGHT

The days passed. Alex prayed every night for a solution to his father’s problem. One Sunday, in his Bible class, the teacher talked about prayer and a promise that Jesus made. Jesus said if two or more people agree about anything they ask, our Heavenly Father hears and answers.

Alex thought for several days about what the teacher had said. He decided to talk to his mom about the problem his dad had at work. He asked, “Mom, can’t you and I pray the way Jesus told us to?”

“What do you mean, Son? What is concerning you that you want to pray about?” asked his mother.

“Well, Jesus said that two or more people can agree and pray together about anything. Could we pray about Dad’s job? Marsha and John and Jamie can pray too!”

THEY ALL AGREED

And that’s just what they did. Every afternoon when Alex and Marsha arrived home from school, mom met everyone in the family room and they prayed for Dad. Jamie was small and was just learning to talk, so all he said was, “My Dada.” But he prayed with his hands together and his eyes shut. John prayed earnestly, “Dear God, help my dad to be happy in his work.” Alex and Marsha agreed with him.

Monday through Friday they all prayed together. Since Dad was home on Saturday and Sunday, each one prayed individually. Alex did not let a day pass without praying.

 A BIG SURPRISE

One day there was a big surprise at dinner time! Dad told a joke that made everyone laugh. Jamie was too young to understand the joke, but he laughed anyway because he saw the others laughing. “Ha, ha, ha!” he said.

Another day, Dad came home from work and wanted play ball with Alex. And boy did shoot some great hoops!

Gradually he returned to the cheerful and jovial father he had been before. It was a great joy for Alex and his siblings to have a happy dad again!

“Dad, you’re back to your old self. What happened?” Alex asked one day.

“Forgive me, Son, for making you sad,” Dad replied. “We have a new boss at work now. The former boss treated me very bad and made me cranky. This boss treats me well and I am happy again.”

“Dad, we have prayed for you,” said Alex. “All during the week we met with mom to pray. Jamie could only say, ‘My Dada’, but I think God understood his prayer too.”

“Thank you so much, Son. It’s a good thing my family knows how to pray!”

“We did what Jesus said. We agreed in prayer for you to be happy in your work. We wanted to have a dad who was happy at work AND at home.”

DAD ASKED FORGIVENESS

That evening, at dinner time, dad apologized to his family for making them so sad and worried. “I will take you for ice cream,” de said. You deserve that and much more for putting up with me when I was in a bad mood AND for praying for me.”

“Hurray!” they shouted.

After helping mom clean the table and wash the dishes, the family left for the ice cream shop. Marsha took Jamie’s hand so he wouldn’t run into the street. Alex and John hooked arms. Mom and Dad were happily holding hands as they all walked together.

Alex thanked God for answering their prayers. More than anything he gave God thanks for giving him such a wonderful dad, even though he had been in a bad mood for a while.

Several of Alex’s friends have no dad. Alex prayed for them to understand that God is their Heavenly Father who cares about them deeply and wants to take care of them forever.

Never forget Jesus’ promise:

“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something
and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 18:19, NCV

Love and blessings!

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Author: kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.

Earnest and Powerful Prayer

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:16b-18

Elijah was no super hero. He was like us; but he believed in the God who does wonders. He prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it did not rain. Again he prayed, that it would rain, and it rained! That is the theme of today’s story.

When Israel was in crisis, due to the influence of the evil Queen Jezebel, who had brought the country to worship Baal and Asherah, God raised up a bold prophet. It’s no small thing to do what Elijah did–to go to the king and say that there will be no rain, unless by his word. That required fervent prayer!

Elijah prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it stopped raining for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and it rained! Before that rain, there was the experience we had in last week’s story, when God sent fire from heaven.

An interesting detail, which we illustrated in the picture that goes with the story, is when Elijah ran before King Ahab’s chariot, all the way from Mount Carmel to Jezreel. In my calculations it was more than 20 miles. What amazing strength God gave his servant! Ahab traveled in his chariot, but Elijah ran in front of him, and arrived in Jezreel before the king!

God has not changed. The Lord is the same yesterday and today, and forever. The God of Elijah is your God. The God of Elijah is my God. The God of Elijah will work with us as we trust in Him.

What is your need today? Pray earnestly!

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2,3

Pray for God’s Kingdom to come! Pray for His will to be done!

Believe Jesus’ promise, that we can ask and receive.

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13,14

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete… In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. John 16: 23,24,26

Read the story #9: The Prophet that Prayed for Rain

Elijah warns the King that it will not rain

Ravens bring bread and meat to Elijah

A widow feeds Elijah

Elijah prays for rain

Running in front of the King

 

 

God Relocates Rats and Other Stories

My mother was a brave woman. In her late twenties she obeyed God’s call to leave Sweden together with Dad (and me) and be a missionary in southern Chile. My testimony story is about what happened in our first home in Chile, when rats had her so worried she could not sleep at night.

The big house where we rented a couple of rooms was made of wood, with wooden boards inside and out. At night the rats ran up and down inside the walls and the ceiling. Mom was very worried about me and my sister, afraid that rats might bite us.

One day, when Mom was sitting writing a letter to my grandmother, a huge rat was looking through a hole in the wall!

k017bWhen the rat problem was almost unbearable, Mom decided to ask God for help. One night she woke up Dad and asked him to help her pray. It was midnight and he was sleepy. “If you have the faith for it, you pray,” he said, and went back to sleep. Mom applied her faith, and tearfully cried out to God, asking for his help. When she finished praying there was complete silence. God had immediately done away with the rats in answer to her prayer! They never bothered us again!

Where did they go? After that night, the neighbors complained that they had twice as many rats! God relocated the rats because a young missionary had faith in her great and powerful God who answers prayer.

Find this under Testimony stories.

I have also added several new stories under Any-time stories.

Thanks for sharing these stories with the children in your life!

A Prayer Chain for Leo

dialisis colorLeo was a very sick boy. He had to have dialysis treatments several times a a week and his condition was so bad he could any minute die of a heart attack. Leo was put on a prayer chain. As it turned out, thousand of people were praying for him. God answered prayer and Leo was healed.

This is a beautiful Thanksgiving story to read to your children and grandchildren. It’s also perfect to use in your Children’s Ministry. Find it under Stories for Children.

Answer to the activity:

40 Answers

Prayer ChainPrayer chain for your classroom. Cut strips of paper long enough to fold over and make a chain link. First write the children’s prayer requests on each strip of paper. Then start a chain of the requests, linking them together. Every week you can add to the chain, as new needs are mentioned. Continue to pray each week for each request. When you have answers, put them in chains and form another chain. Hang the chains in a visible place. If you share the room with others, store them in a box and take them out for each class period. After a time (3 to 6 months) start a new chain, or do something different to encourage prayer. Emphasize the need to thank God for answered prayers.

Our God of Miracles

Welcome to 2014. I wish you God’s most bountiful blessings. To start on a positive note, the first story we’re publishing this year is a miracle story. It’s a testimony of what happened when Armando, a nurse who visited far-away villages in the Andes Mountains of Peru, came to Sheyla’s village with a “new medicine.”

UN MILAGRO PARA ROSITAHe used to visit the villages offering services with his nursing skills. He brought the “new medicine” to the villages he when he came to know Jesus and received him as his Lord and Savior.

This story is about a village where everybody received Jesus, and about Sheyla, one sick little girl who was healed by God’s power.

Our God is a God of miracles. Whatever your need is, put it before the Lord and wait on his love and power to work in your life.

This year my theme and emphasis will be about the home. Most of all about fixing our eyes on Jesus. He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Nothing compares to the joy and privilege of serving Him! Read Hebrews 12:1-12.

I’m declaring 2014 to be the Year of the Home for the glory of God! Build your life and your home on the firm foundation, which is Jesus!

Fix eyes on Jesus

Welcome to read the story about Sheyla.

A Dream for Christmas

 

ENG Ica Peru

Carlos and the Red Honda 

It was an impossible dream for a poor boy in a poor neighborhood, the son of a “poor” pastor. That is what the kids in the church thought. But Carlos wasn’t dreaming and wishing to receivefrom his “poor” father pastor. He was asking God for his dream motorcycle.

Carlos was made fun of by the kids in his Sunday school class because of his “dream.” But nobody will laugh about it today. Carlos has a Honda motorcycle! Read and share this week’s story about Carlos, who now is a pastor himself. He uses his red bike to do God’s work in the jungles of Peru.

Dream come true

Carlos and the motorcycle he prayed for as a kid

Buena Honda

“Cristo es buena Honda” Carlos has painted on his Honda.
It’s a play on words that means that Jesus is Great!

Dreams do come true! And God answers prayer! Even the prayer of a “poor” boy in a poor neighborhood. I don’t think God cares one bit about those outward conditions. Man looks at the outside; God looks at the heart.

Covering our Children with Prayer

Time for a new school year! Our school children need to be covered with prayer. Just as the cities of old had walls around them for protection against the enemies, may our prayers be a wall of protection for our boys and girls when they tread the “war-zones” of school.  Every child needs to be protected by walls of prayer and a covering of peace. All through the school year we need to provide our children and youth with fervent prayers for their protection.

I have made a heart that will remind us. Print the heart. Have it laminated or cover it with contact paper and put the heart some place where you will see it daily. I put mine on the mirror in the bathroom. When I’m getting ready for the day in the mornings, I cover my grandchildren with prayer.

COR.IN.COProtection for the mind
Let’s pray that they will think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).

Protection for the eyes
There are so many things that call for their attention, so many unworthy things to look at. Let’s pray that they keep their eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).

Protection for the tongue
Let’s pray that the words they speak be pleasing to God (Psalm 19:14). Here is a good prayer for any of us: “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

Protection for the ears
Let’s pray they don’t listen to gossip and idle talk but learn to listen to God’s voice so they can make the right choices (James 1:19-21).

Protection for the hands
It’s easy for children to get into fist-fights. Let’s pray that they use their hands to faithfully do their work and to show kindness to others. This is applicable to all of us: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

Protection for the feet
Let’s pray that they keep their feet from every evil path and obey God’s word, that they don’t listen to misguided advice and go to places that are not pleasing to God (Psalm 119:101, 105).

Protection for the heart
Let’s pray that above all else, they guard their heart, “for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). In the picture above the heart surrounds the mind, the tongue, the eyes, the ears, the hands and the feet. Let’s pray they have a tender heart towards God. Here is a good prayer for the heart:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
(Psalm 139:23,24)

Print this article: Praying for our school children

Print the heart: Praying for our children heart

Print cards: Pray for the kids

Print this pages on both sides, cut them out to make six cards. Have them laminated and use them as book marks. Give them to family and friends.