Are We Passing On the Torch of Faith & Prayer to the Next Generation?

I am preparing to leave for the She Speaks Conference this week. Therefore I’ve decided to re-post one of my most popular posts. This post first appeared on December 12, 2011.

Today I’ve got a lot on my mind. It’s Monday, and as on most Mondays I take time to fast and pray for my children. I started doing this the week after my oldest daughter moved out almost three years ago. It was a very hard time in my life. Having watched my Dad fast and pray all his life, I decided to start this as well. It’s been a learning curve, I must tell you. But the lessons I’ve learned from Mondays are priceless.

The reason I’ve got so much on my mind is because of what I saw and heard at a funeral this past Saturday. Another Saint has gone home. When I listened to the testimonies about Annchen Boge’s life, I couldn’t help but see a lot of similarities to my beloved Oma Sara. Another amazing prayer warrior went home. A comment from her grandson stopped me in my tracks, “My Omi scheduled her day around her prayer time.”

That got me thinking… a lot…

Do I even schedule any prayer time into my day?

How much of a priority is prayer for me?

Yes, Mondays I do pray… But what about Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and all the other days of the week?

A generation that lived and modeled prayer is leaving us. Who is stepping up and filling that gap?

My Oma Sara has prayed for me and my children by name every single day for over 20 years. For over TWENTY YEARS, every single day! I miss that. I miss it terribly. Who is going to fill that gap now?

When we came to say our goodbyes to Oma Sara at the hospital, she was floating in and out of consciousness, and when she was conscious, you know what she said? “Teach your children to pray.” Those were some of her last words. We left her room crying, all the way down to the parking lot. I remember my daughter saying, “Who is going to pray for us now?”

Well, it is up to me and my generation to step it up a notch or more and to get serious about prayer.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded
by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith,
let us strip off every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance the race
God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus,
the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
Hebrews 12:1-2a New Living Translation

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