When Families Pray: The Power of Praying Together

When Families Pray: The Power of Praying Together

by Cheri Fuller
     
 

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It is a parent's greatest responsibility. Yet in this era of high-speed communication, few of them know how to connect their own families with God. Cheri Fuller shows how to discover the essence of prayer and experience the joy of communing with the Savior, as a family, for life. Thought-provoking questions will help parents and their kids see God in a new light.

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It is a parent's greatest responsibility. Yet in this era of high-speed communication, few of them know how to connect their own families with God. Cheri Fuller shows how to discover the essence of prayer and experience the joy of communing with the Savior, as a family, for life. Thought-provoking questions will help parents and their kids see God in a new light. Scripture, present-day stories of answered prayer, and inspirational quotes will encourage families to begin a refreshing and rewarding lifelong walk with God.


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ISBN-13:
9780307769497
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
728,803
File size:
717 KB

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When Families Pray


By CHERI FULLER

Multnomah Publishers

Copyright © 1999 Cheri Fuller
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1576738884


Chapter One

Daddy Loves Me

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How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 JOHN 3:1

Traveling for work can be a lonely thing when you have to leave your family behind. When Bill travels, he knows what it's like to come "home" to a hotel room instead of to his wife and children. His family misses him, too, and often he finds a little note or card in his luggage from his wife or one of his kids.

A couple of years ago, Bill was away on a trip and came across a note that his son, Alex, had smuggled into his luggage. Bill smiled as he read the crooked writing: "Alex loves Dad." What a great reminder of his loved ones at home! But then Bill noticed something else written on the paper. Turning it upside down, he read, "Dad loves Alex." His heart leaped! Bill was happy to read that Alex loved him, but to read that Alex knew his dad loved him ... that was priceless!

God created us to give and receive love, not just with each other but with Him as well. He's our loving Father, and in many ways He constantly tells us, "You are My child. I was delighted when you were born, and I love you still." God loves hearing that we love Him, but how His heart must jump when He knows that we really get it,that we understand, receive, and delight in His love.

When we understand the Father-love of God, we naturally desire to spend time talking with Him. Prayer is no longer a duty; it becomes a delight! We recognize God not as an unapproachable entity, but as the loving Father who invites us to come straight to Him and tell Him what our day was like, what we'll face tomorrow, and how we feel about life.

Some of us have earthly fathers who loved us well; others of us have been deeply hurt by our fathers. Either way, God wants us to experience the fullness of a heavenly Father in His steady, consistent love. As Bill says, "On God's daisy there is no 'He loves me not.'"

DISCUSSION OPENERS

1. Complete this sentence: "I know God loves me because ..." Let's create a list of all the ways God shows His love.

2. Think back over the last month. Tell of a time when you really experienced your Father's love. If you have a hard time remembering, ask God to show you glimpses of Himself acting as your heavenly Father.

3. Parents, share with your children the kinds of things you like to hear them tell you. Then, as a family, tell those kinds of things to your heavenly Father.

SCRIPTURES FOR GOING DEEPER

Luke 15:11-31

John 15:9-12

A PRAYER

Father, we love You. Thank You for loving us. We like these times of talking with You and listening to You. When we get busy with our day, please remind us of Your presence. When we want to pull away from You, please remind us that You never pull away from us. When we shy away from Your discipline, please remind us that it's part of Your love. Thank You, Father, that Your love is steady and constant and that You always want to hear from Your children. In Jesus' name, amen.

A PARTING THOUGHT

"Love God and you will always be speaking to Him."

Jean-Nicholas Grou

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A Loving Father

Approaching God as a Father may be easy if you've had a good earthly father. But if your dad was less than what God intended (and to some extent every father is), seeing God as a good and loving Father might be more difficult for you. If you or someone in your family has experienced the absence of a good and loving father, spend some time with the Scriptures for Going Deeper in this devotion. As a family, discuss the characteristics of a good father and how God exhibits those characteristics. Then pray that each of you can know and feel the Father's love. If necessary, ask God to show you how to talk with and/or forgive your earthly father.



Excerpted from When Families Pray by CHERI FULLER Copyright © 1999 by Cheri Fuller
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Meet the Author

Cheri Fuller is an inspirational speaker and the award-winning author of twenty-eight books. She is also a contributing editor for Today's Christian Woman and founder of Families Pray USA. Her Web sites, syndicated Internet columns, magazine articles, and books provide encouragement and hope to women and families worldwide. Parents of three children, Cheri and her husband, Holmes, live in Oklahoma City.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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