Saturday, June 11, 2011

21 Days of Prayer Challenge - Day 4 - Avoiding Foolishness

Today, I would like to share the complete encouragement section from the Leader's Guide as written by Brooke.  I think she really says it better than I could:

Encouragement from Brooke
In their book, Instructing a Child's Heart, Tedd and Margy Tripp have this to say about foolishness:
"The Bible's definition of foolishness is concise. The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.''
(Psalm 14:1). If there is no God, I am autonomous - a law unto myself. There is no consideration in
life more profound than, 'What will please me?' Children don't say those words, but such foolish
thoughts are the underlying justifications for hundred of impulses every day. It is expressed in all
the acts of disobedience, selfishness, willful temper, and compulsive self-love." (p 112)
He sits across from me with his head down, this little love of mine who steals my heart and breaks it all at the same time. I ask him for the fourth time that day to tell me how many kinds of men there are in this world. Hisanswer?
The foolish man, who says in his heart there is no God, and acts like a law unto himself.
The wise man, who fears God and obeys Him.
Foolish choices bring unpleasant consequences. But the wise man has security in loving God and all the power of heaven on his side. And I ask him again to tell me what kind of man he wants to be. His answer?
The wise man.

I know there will come a day when my little love will have to own this faith, but I believe with all my heart that teaching both of my sons to think in biblical terms now will help them choose in biblical terms later."

So, today's challenge is to read through 10 prayers from the chapter on Avoiding Foolishness.  Again, you can look back at older posts by clicking HERE
Here are a few more ideas of ways to get time to pray:
1. Take time to actually knee beside your bed and prayer through the lists for your boys.  Whether this be first thing in the morning, just before bed, or while your boys are napping.
2. Related to that - knee at each of your boys' beds, and pray the prayers for them right there.  Don't be afraid to let them see you pray for them either :-) 

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