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Our Family Anchor

In Family by Jennifer Jones

Half asleep, I left the comfort of my bed and headed to the kitchen.  Time to make coffee, kneel in morning prayer and start the day.  The sun was an hour from rising and silent darkness engulfed the house. My eyes, blurred with sleep, focused on a blanketed form in the hallway.  Startled, I froze. After a moment I came to my senses. Outside my husband’s prayer closet sat our four year old daughter.  She had her ear pressed to the door, as she listened to her dad pray.   I blinked back tears.  What a comforting memory.  I began whispering thanks to God for my husband and for the example of prayer he was giving our children.  I thanked God for the anchor of prayer in our lives. I thanked God quietly for the privilege of prayer in the midst of an evil and confusing generation.

Communication with God through the discipline of prayer is our family anchor.  Living in a generation shaken by earthquakes of compromise and ungodliness, we need a steadfast faith in God.  Our families are often surrounded by an evil firing squad of immorality.  Weapons are launched daily.  Reading the daily news is like reading the example of Paul’s warning he gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Our ability to stand for righteousness against sin, is essential for our survival.  We cannot survive in this day in which we live without the anchor of prayer.  Daily communication with God our Commander-in-Chief, is necessary for us to “stand in the evil day.” (Ephesians 6:11) As parents we must involve our children in prayer. Prayer must be a priority in our lives.  Our children must be trained to pray.  We must take the time to explain righteousness.  Home Bible studies need to begin in our homes with our children.  Prayer needs to fill our homes and our hearts, for without it we have no anchor. God is our eternal hope, our life, our help, our direction and everything we need in this generation.  Communication with Jesus and worship of Him is our deepest need and our highest calling.  Jesus must be the center of our lives in everything we do.  Before the sun rises and after the sun sets, we must talk with Him.  We must have a close relationship with Jesus, the anchor of our souls.

The final words of the day are spoken over our children as we pray with them and tuck them in bed for the night. “Lord, place your angels around our children, protect them and watch over them through the night.” As I crawl into bed, my final whispers of the day, “Lord, let my children serve you all the days of their lives, please let them be anchored to You, through prayer, through your keeping power. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.”

Hebrews 6:19 “We have an anchor for the soul, steadfast and firm.”

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