“Leaving a Legacy of Prayer” by Rachel Gates.
I have never been more aware of the impact of every choice I make than since I became a mother. What I do, my daughters will copy. We can make a difference daily, in seemingly mundane moments, that impacts eternity. Every prayer prayed, every act of obedience, and every step of faith builds a legacy of prayer and faithfulness. We may not see the immediate impact in our children, but we are planting seeds that will grow roots that will nourish a faith-filled life.
I want to leave a legacy of prayer and faith for my daughters, and so we live intentionally. Deuteronomy 6 is a truth I’ve been taught and I treasure: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength . . . You shall teach [these words] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
We will teach them diligently, speak of them endlessly, from morning prayer to bedtime devotions and moments in the middle because we are building a legacy. We are intentional because it is our responsibility; when our children ask us, we must be ready to give them an answer and reason for the hope we have, so they can share the same hope.
I am indelibly impacted by the faith of my parents and grandparents and countless others. The legacy they leave has been an example and source of strength for me. A legacy of prayer and faithfulness may feel intangible, but the impact left is very real.
Whether you continue to build on the legacy generations before you began to build or you are the first woman of God in your family leaving a legacy of prayer, you are leaving a priceless treasure that will impact the next generation! When we strive to live a life led by the Spirit, of godliness and faithfulness, marked with prayer, we are actively giving our children the greatest treasure: Jesus. We are showing them by the way that we live that we believe what we say.
It is important to live a life of faith for our children, to trust Jesus so that our children witness it and embrace a genuine faith for themselves. Let’s leave legacies of prayer, faithfulness, and godliness and give our children the greatest gift: Jesus!
(Info from: UPCI Ladies Ministries – Ladies Prayer Intl May 2023 Newsletter – firstname.lastname@example.org)