Thursday, April 7, 2011

Warrior Prayers and Puzzle Pieces

This week, Jeff and I prayed over our boys for obedience, submission to authority, integrity, avoiding foolishness, and pride. (We pray in the evenings, so we'll hit purity tonight.)

The first thing we learned was how much we need prayer for those things ourselves. Ummm... yeah.

The second thing we learned was how funny God's sense of humor is... the boys had specific issues pertaining to each area we prayed for. Or at least God heightened our awareness of those things.

The third thing we learned is that our God sees what we need beforehand and provides in advance. Okay, well, we knew that already, but each time we see it in action, we are in awe all over again.

My awe is even expressed outwardly! (This is funny if you know Jeff. He epitomizes the phrase "Strong Silent Type.")

Okay, so here's what happened.

I had lunch with a friend last week and asked her about a prayer request she'd given at Bible study pertaining to one of her children's upcoming appointments. She described a scenario that popped my eyes wide open with the "me too" factor.

After doing a little research, Jeff and I were completely convinced our sweet son fit the same scenario. We've spent the past several days marveling (me outwardly, Jeff inwardly) about all the puzzle pieces suddenly fitting perfectly into place. Impatience is replaced with compassion, confusion is replaced with knowledge, fear is replaced with peace. Our son makes perfect sense to us now, and so do the last nine years.

We haven't worked out all the details yet of where to go from here, but how perfect is the coupling of this completed puzzle with a month of specific prayer for our boys! How beautiful that our discovery is saturated with more angles of prayer than we would ever have come up with on our own.

"The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." ~James 5:16b