Posts Tagged ‘praying with our children’

Prayer Rocks!!! (And Big News.)

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Dads, Encouragement, Family Devo Tips, Grandparents, Ideas, leaving a legacy, Moms, Prayers, Praying Together

Can you name three specific prayer requests God has answered this past month that your family has been praying for?  How about 10 over the past year?    It is hard to remember, right?

What if every Christian home had a memorial of God’s answered prayers, reminding them year after year of His faithfulness?

In Joshua 4, after God miraculously provided a way across the Jordan River, He instructed Joshua to build a rock monument.  Why?  God said, “that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord… So, these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Read the whole account in Joshua 3:1-4:7.)

We have been writing prayer requests on rocks for years.  When we pray as a family, we each grab a rock and pray for that person or issue.  When God answers that prayer, we place it in our memorial as a visual reminder of His faithfulness.  We call it Prayer Rocks!


We have shared the idea of Prayer Rocks with many families and to tell even more families, we have enlisted the help of Evergreen Media Productions to produce a video to inspire parents/grandparents to lead their children to seek God as they pray with expectation! (Filming date: March 3-6)

Prayer Rocks is a movement that any family, in any country, of any language, can implement to help raise children who know God is at work!!

We have a matching donor up to $10,000!!  Every dollar given will double our goal of $20k!  We are partnering with many ministries for its distribution, so millions of families will be changed for generations!  Pray with us for the process, funding, and the global impact! 

Click here to join the movement!  

Helping you have Homes Devoted,


Shrimp & Ketchup

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Dads, Faith Conversations, Family Devotions, Moms, Praying Together

Over lunch with a radio talk show host last week, I was enlightened.  I ordered fish tacos and he ordered fried shrimp.  When our meals arrived, he did something strange; he moved his little dish of cocktail sauce out of his plate and squirted some ketchup in its place!  Who does that?

I had to ask.

He said when he was a child, that’s the way him mom served shrimp.  Since that’s the way he was brought up, that’s the way he eats them now.

I laughed.

He looked at me with a question mark on his face.

I chuckled because, it was a great example of the influence of the home.  What we do at home will shape our children’s spiritual lives even as it shapes our taste buds.

We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.

He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,

so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.

Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
Psalm 78:4-7

I have to remind myself that what I’m doing now with our children is not only impacting them; it’s also impacting their children, too.   We are influencing our grandchildren; future generations.  Our children can pass the love and trust of the Lord onto their children and their children’s children.

Whatever we choose to dip our shrimp into doesn’t matter, but the way we spend our time connecting our children’s hearts towards God’s can have an eternal difference.  The habits we instill in our children while they are at home will carry on long after we are gone.

Pray together as a family.  Read the Word together and tell your children the “praiseworthy deeds of the Lord…Then they [will] put their trust in God and [will] not forget his deeds but [will] keep his commands.”


Discussion Questions for parents and small groups:

When do you share with your children the “praiseworthy deeds of the Lord?”

How are you developing spiritual habits in your home?

What is a habit you are going to start?

When is the best time to pray together as a family?

Find someone to share this with, so they can ask you about it.


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