Praying for Your Child… It Makes a Difference!

Melody Merritt

Melody Merritt

James 5:16b,
“The prayer of a righteous person [mother] has great power as it is working.”

If you’re a mom, what do you tend to spend more time doing:  reading parenting books or praying for your children and the challenges they face?  

There are many great books on parenting.  For every challenge, I guarantee you, there’s a book that addresses that issue!  With each book, blog, and chat forum, we get different ideas, methods, and advice that always seems to change.  What works this week will most likely be replaced next week by a quicker, easier, healthier method. 

While parenting resources are wonderful, beneficial and effective, God has given us the two most important tools for raising Godly children. 

  1. The first tool: God’s Word.  His Word never changes and it always works.    
  • The Bible is useful for teaching, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • The Bible reveals God’s will for our life. (Romans 12:2)
  • The Bible draws us closer to intimacy with God. (Colossians 2:6-7)

2.   The second most powerful tool: prayer.  All too often, prayer seems to be the last tool we use after the book or a friend’s advice doesn’t work.   Prayer is simply communication with the God who created you and your child.  We can pray about everything!

  • Prayer changes everything. (Matthew 21:22)
  • Prayer puts you in alignment with God will. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Prayer gives God room to work. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Maybe your child is having a hard time in school.  Pray that they will choose godly friends and be kept from harmful friendships.  Pray that they will be firm in their convictions and able to withstand peer pressure.  Pray God’s Word over your child and the circumstances in their lives.

Is your preschooler having a behavioral problem?  Pray for changes in their heart and for your patience.

Making a lasting impactful difference in your child’s life begins with us, as their Moms.   Prayer is a mighty tool in the hands of a godly mother.  God hears every prayer.

Workshop:  Praying for your Children

Tuesday, October 24
10:00 – 11:30am

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8 Insights into the Mind of your Husband

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Genesis 2:24, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united to his wife and they will become one flesh.

Our Luncheon last Friday was rich with insight into the way a man thinks.  Literally, had our time not been cut short, we could have gleaned for at least another hour.    A big thank you to John Mark Harrison and Barry Carroll!   They shared from the heart and had the courage to speak into areas of great vulnerability.  We are grateful for your advice and the wiser for it. 

Here are a few highlights:

  1. The best time to talk to your guy: 
  • The word count thing is a reality!  (Men speak 7000 words a/day.  Women speak 20,000) The time to talk to him is not when he’s walking in the house from work.  Choose a time when he’s decompressed from stress at work.
  • Be aware that men actually have a “nothing box.”  If you look at him and he’s dazing off into space and you ask him, “what are you thinking about,” and he says nothing, he means it.   He’s thinking about nothing.  It’s the nothing box!

2.  When your husband is an unbeliever, the best thing to do:

  • Without question, the most effective thing to do is to pray.  Pray for him.  Do not give up.
  • Love him and respect him with your words and behavior.

3.  Sex

  • It’s important to a man.  When a woman deprives her husband, it communicates disrespect or that she does not love him.
  • We are spirit beings created for intimacy with God.  It’s a mistake to expect your spouse to fill an intimacy need that only your Creator is capable of filling.
  • Make sure you’re not depriving your relationship with God.  Your husband will never fill you the way a relationship with God with fill you. 
  • Spend time with Jesus in the Word.

4.  Men do not like:

  • Being on the receiving end of a critical spirit.  Being critical is a respect killer.
  • Instead of being critical, think of three things he’s done right and that you’re grateful.  Think on those things.  Thank God for those things.
  • Blanket statements.  Such as, “You always…”  Do not do this.  It’s very disrespectful  Men hate it.
  • Being corrected in public by their wives.  This is very disrespectful.

5.  Men like it when:

  • You have an interest in their interests – such as golf or football, etc. 
  • When you compliment him.
  • When you encourage them in what they’re doing well – instead of what they’re not doing well.  You don’t have to tell a man what he’s not doing well.  He already knows it.  A man can be his own worst enemy.

6.  Comments that surprised me the most:

  • Most men carry the weight of providing for their family.  They worry about their jobs and being able to provide.
  • Sometimes they wake up in the middle of the night in fear.
  • There’s an unspoken pressure placed on men by society that translates into, “I’ve got to provide; I’ve got to be confident, successful and competitive.”
  • Men have a very real fear of failure.

7.  One of the greatest things a wife can do:

  • BE SUPPORTIVE and encouraging. 
  • Love him.
  • Tell him thank you often.
  • Tell him you love being married to him.

8.  Final words of wisdom:

  • “Tell him you believe in him.  It’s important for a man to know his wife believes in him.”
  • “I love and adore my wife.  I’d do anything for her.  Why?  Because of the way she treats me.”

Words to the wise…


The Art of Marriage, WorkshopImage may contain: 1 person, food Applying God’s Timeless Principles
Wednesday, October 11th | 12:30 – 1:45

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Depression:  The Signs, the Facts and Solutions
KGM @ Night
Thursday, October 12th | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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God’s Will for your Life

He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out…

His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.

John 10:3, 4

Have you ever been desperate for help when faced with a tough decision?   Have you ever wished that God would pull up a chair and gently share the right way to go?  Or to even just share His thoughts, direction, or guidance?

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The Bible promises that when we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him.  (Jeremiah 29:13)  It’s not just for the really smart, educated preachers and Bible teachers of the world to know God’s will.  But everyday people like you and me can know the will of God for our lives as well.

The Bible says Jesus is described as the Good Shepherd.  And that we, His people, are like sheep.  John tells us that His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.  He even knows our name!  (John 10)

So when it comes to knowing God’s will for our life, we should know:

  1. God wants to make His will known to us.  Jeremiah 3:33, “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
    • But we must be willing to take the time to seek His will.
    • In other words,  open your Bible and seek Him.
  2. God’s voice is personal.  When He speaks, it’s in a language that’s personal to our lives.
  3. God’s will is always Biblical.  He’ll never tell us to do something that contradicts the standards found in His Word.
  4. God’s will is a safe zone.  There’s safety inside the will of God.  I remember one of my favorite Bible teachers once sharing that though she was anxious about her son enrolling in the military, yet she was more fearful of him being out of the will of God.  That if the frontline of battle was the will of God for her son – then the military was the safest place earth for him to be.  (John 10:9-10)
  5. God speaks through runway lights:  His Word; peace; practical circumstances and through Godly counsel.

You and I were created to know God and be in a personal, permanent relationship with Him.  More than anything, He wants us to seek His will for the BIG things as well as the small things in life.

There’s nothing more encouraging, more comforting or empowering – than to know God’s will.

I’m teaching an entire workshop on the will of God – I’ll be expanding on those ‘runway lights.’  Don’t miss it!

Understanding the Will of God | September 28th

The Art of Marriage; Applying God’s Timeless Principles | October 11th

Praying for your Children | October 24th


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Marriage Through His Eyes; How Men Really Think

October 5th

Speakers: John Mark Harrison and Barry Carroll



October KGM @ Night:

Depression; The facts. The signs. Solutions.

October 12th

Speaker: Leisa Leonard, PhD


4 Responses of a Believer to Record Breaking Weather & Current Events

Psalm 135:5, 7,

“I know that the Lord is great… He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; He sends lightening with the rain and brings the wind from His storehouses.”

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The news has been so heavy this past month.  We’ve experienced:

  • A total eclipse over America (in Jewish world, this is a sign…)
  • Record breaking storms:
    • Category 4 storm – Hurricane Harvey
    • Category 5 storm – Hurricane Irma
    • Three more storms:  TS Katia, Hurricane Jose (as of this writing, churning off the Atlantic coast and Hurricane Maria, now a Cat 5.)
  • Two earthquakes – an 8.1 and a 7.1 in Mexico
  • Record breaking wildfires covering the west coast
  • The imminent North Korea threat

ALL IN ONE MONTH!   Not to mention the chaos on our city streets and the post-truth  world we’re living in.   It’s unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed.

We have big problems.  No one but the Almighty God of the Universe is capable of helping us.   While He can help us, I’m not sure He’s as interested in our comfort as He is with the condition of our hearts.

In the midst of record-breaking environmental chaos,  social and political confusion and instability, I believe there are four responses for us, the church:

  1. To pray for our nation.  For His mercy upon our land; that He would forgive our sins (personally and corporately) and bring healing to our land.
  2. To turn to Him in a deep surrender of faith by adjusting our priorities and purposes.
    • Does God and family come first with you?
    • Have you ever asked God for His purpose for you during this season of life?
  3. To resolve to be pure privately as well as publically.
  4. To share truth with those who are far from God.

Practical ways to share with those who are far from God:

  • Be intentional in starting meaningful conversations at work, with friends and around the dinner table.
  • Connect with people you know in the affected areas.  Reach out to them with words of encouragement either through texts, emails or phone calls.  Ask how you can help.  Ask how you can pray. Tell them you’re thinking about them and care for them.
  • Pray for ways to be the hands and feet of Christ in your corner of the world.  You may not live in the affected areas, but the way you serve others (starting in your home) reveals Jesus to those who need Him.

God is speaking.   And it’s loud.   Are we listening?

He wants us to turn to Him, serve Him and show Him to those around us.   One day Jesus will return.  If His return were today, would He find you faithful?    Many of the things happening in the world around us signal His coming could be sooner than we think.  (Matthew 24; Joel 1)

Pay attention.  Be mindful.  Live intentionally.

  • Our Identity in Christ, September 21st
  • Understanding the Will of God, September 28th
  • The Art of Marriage; Applying God’s Timeless Principles, October 11th
  • Praying for your Children, October 24th

Annoyed with your man?  Come learn why he thinks the way he thinks.

Next Luncheon:  Thursday, October 5th
Marriage Through His Eyes; How Men Really Think

Speakers: John Mark Harrison and Barry Carroll

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6 Ways to Pray for Texas

Psalm 102:1-2

Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.

In the face of historic devastation in the middle of the heart land, Hurricane Harvey has affected one quarter of the population of Texas – 6.8 million people in 18 counties.   30,000 are in shelters.   As of this writing, water is waist deep with 30 inches of rain on the ground –  with 25 inches more rain forecasted to fall.

Half a country away,  I feel helpless to help.

But as I watched Franklin Graham on Fox and Friends this morning, he encouraged viewers to pray.  He said that right now, the greatest way to help, is to pray.

In such overwhelming circumstances, how do you pray?   My team and I came up with six practical ways.

  1. Pray for God to diminish the storm and blow it out of Texas.
  2. Pray for people to make wise choices.
    • That they would be able to get to higher ground.
    • God would protect the elderly, those in distress, and to those who can’t help themselves until help arrives.
    • For God’s Presence, protection and provision in the coming days.
    • Psalm 57:1, “Have mercy on me, O God… I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”
  3. Pray for the police, fire and rescue workers:
    • For their safety.
    • That God would lead them to the people who may be hidden and are in dire need.
    • Let us not forget: they are leaving their families to help others – Pray that God would protect and provide for their loved ones in their absence.
    • Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…”
  4. Pray for wisdom for our government –
    • For local, state and federal decision makers.
      • to know where the greatest needs are
      • to send resources quickly without glitch in getting to the people
      • for this to not become a political battle
  5. Pray for Christian organizations’ provisions to rally and come to the aid where help is needed most.
  6. Pray that God would use this horrible disaster to wake people to the reality of God.
    • That people, not only in Texas, but all over the country would turn to the One True God
    • Repent of their sin and place their faith in Jesus.
    • That God would use this to heal the racial and political divisions and silence the stirrers of such division.

Checkout the Fall Workshops here!

First up:  How to Lead a Bible Study

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Date | September 6 & 7 (Offered twice)
Wednesday 10:00-11:30am / Thursday 6:30 – 8:00pm

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