Thursday, August 19, 2010

True Womanhood: Part 8

True Woman This is the eighth installment of a series of posts I will be writing on the book Voices of the True Woman Movement: A Call to the Counter-Revolution by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  I received a complimentary copy from Revive Our Hearts ministry just for sharing my thoughts on each chapter.

Chapter 8: "Leaving a Lasting Legacy Through Prayer" by Fern Nichols

Are you a woman of prayer?  Fern Nichols shares how a true woman will leave a legacy of prayer long after she's gone.  Prayer is something that remains because its power will continue affecting generations to come.

Your greatest spiritual investment is praying for your children and grandchildren, that they will know the will of God and be obedient to Him.  If you don't have children, you may have nieces, nephews, children in Sunday school class or other children within your church that can be lifted in prayer.

Imagine the impact you could have in their lives as you spend a little time each day praying for their futures.  I've thought about this much with my own nieces and nephews, in particular.  They are facing a broken home, and I don't know how much I'll be within their sphere of influence in the coming months.  It's disheartening to me, but only to the extent that I believe that I must physically do something for them.  When I decide to believe God when He says prayer is powerful and He calls me to persistently approach His throne of grace, I no longer need to worry about those kids.

It brings me tremendous hope and encouragement when I consider what God could do in their lives if only I'd pray.  You see, I'm insufficient in myself to take care of them anyway, so why not fully rely on God's sufficiency for their needs?  He can answer my prayers exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think.

Fern speaks of the Lord's model prayer,

"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).  Jesus is asking us to call on His name, participating with Him in seeing His will accomplished in our place and time.  He wants us to take Him up on this incredibly powerful opportunity!.... Long after we're gone and our lives are but a memory, God will still be responding to the faithful, fervent prayers we've offered on behalf of our dear ones.

I'm not sure I had ever given much thought to the lasting effect of prayer, even after I've passed away.  What an incredible thought.  I desire to leave a legacy of prayer.

A true woman prays.  How is your prayer life?

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