“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.” Psalm 78-4-8

In Chronicles, it is said that Asaph was a descendant of Gershom the son of Levi and he is identified as a member of the Levites. He is also known as one of the three Levites commissioned by David to oversee singing in the house of Yahweh.  He wrote many of the Psalms and in this one he is showing how important it is to pass our faith in God down to the next generation, that they might pass it on in turn to their families.  I am sure that Asaph spent many hours in prayer for his children and those that would come after them.e who

In the book of Nehemiah, we can see how those prayers were still being answered many years later.  Nehemiah 11:17 reads: “And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer:” Mattaniah is also mentioned in other verses in Nehemiah.  So, we see a man, several generations removed from Asaph, still following in his footsteps in prayer and worship in the Temple.

We never know how far our prayers will reach.  No doubt most of us can look back and remember parents, grandparents and even farther back who loved God and spent time in prayer for their families.  God heard every one of those prayers, stored them up and there are people serving the Lord today because of them.

Our prayers do not die with us, they will continue until the end of time.  That is why we need to take our children and our grandchildren to the Lord in prayer every day.  We pray that the Lord will be with them and with the generations to come.

Also, there may be some young people in your church, who do not have parents and grandparents praying for them.  We can become a spiritual parent to them and take them to the Lord in prayer, that God will keep them and bless them, and bless the families that they will have.

We will never know who prayed for us, maybe many generations ago.  We cannot comprehend how far our prayers will reach in the future.  But we need to be faithful in praying and leave the results with God.

Prayer:  Jesus, we bring our families to you today.  Protect them, bless them and guide them into a relationship with you that they can pass on to the next generation and the next and the next.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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  • “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1 KJV)

    God used visions and dreams in the Bible to reveal His plan, to further His plan, to put His people in places of influence, and to provide information that was unavailable elsewhere. In fact, the Book of Acts tells us that the Holy Spirit induces dreams.  Acts 2:17-18 describes entire households who prophesy, see visions and dream.

    Our families were designed to dream! Taking time to evaluate, plan and develop a vision for our family will help us prioritize so we can design our home with purpose.

    What do we want to be focused on right now as a family? What do we want to do in the future? What legacy do we want to continue and leave behind?

    The Bible is filled with principles like these that provide us with a blueprint for designing our dream home:

    • Designed to Surrender.

      God is the Master Architect of the family. In our homes, Jesus Christ must not only be present, but He must be preeminent. We want our children to understand that God is the greatest reality of life, not just in church on Sunday, but that we value His presence and His purpose every day, in every way (Deuteronomy 6:5).

    As a family, explore ways to invest the talent and treasure God has entrusted to you – volunteering; going on a missions trip; sponsoring a project; or developing your skills to honor God.
    • Designed to Support.

      God commands us to build our homes on Godly character and sound doctrine (Proverbs 4:1–2, Deuteronomy 6:4-9)The Bible instructs parents concerning children that we are to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Spiritual nurturing maintains the environment where our children learn to understand the ways and the Word of God. This is how “the Lord builds the house.”

    What special qualities or talents do you see in your children that you want to nurture? Are there some character traits you would like to see your children develop or strengthen?  What needs do you see in your children’s behavior, faith, or education that you can help cultivate?
    • Designed to Serve.

      Families were designed to represent Jesus Christ. The Bible says, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).

    When God gives us a dream for our family, it will always be connected to His master plan – the building of His family “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9 AMP). God will not give us a self-serving dream separate from what He wants to do in the world. His plan is to use our family for His dream!

    Does your family have a vision that will affect the present AND the eternal? Are you teaching your children that they have a God-ordained destiny (Jeremiah 29:11)? Are you adding fuel to their dreams or snuffing them out (Genesis 37:10)?

    Ask God to give you His vision for your family so that you can be part of the most important dream of all.  Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3 KJV). This is our ultimate dream home “whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10)!

    Reposted with permission from Reflections.

    Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago there was a King and Queen who ruled over a distant land. Each day the queen would ask a magic mirror, “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?” One morning, her magic mirror replied, “You, my queen, are fair; it’s true, but Snow White is even fairer than you.” Rage filled the Queen’s heart and she conspired to kill Snow White on account of her beauty.

    Image and beauty governed this Queen’s life and it led to her demise. This fairy tale explains the realistic struggles of a heart that is encumbered with insecurities and envy.

    A Reflective Image

    “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him: male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27

    It’s peculiar to think that we have never seen ourselves face to face, a mirror simply gives us a reflective image of our external physicalities. However, in the quest for holiness, it is imperative to ask ourselves, “Whose image am I reflecting?”

    It’s difficult to not mirror your accomplishments, success, athleticism, marriage, and parenting skills with someone else. Social media platforms such as Instagram can be a thief of joy because you see the highlights of people’s lives instead of their day-to-day struggles. It can seem like we are not a good wife because someone else cooks a culinary masterpiece for their husband every night and the fanciest meal we may prepare is spaghetti. Can I get an amen?

    Don’t get distracted by the mirror of the world, because you display the image of God. Mirror your life with Him and all the pressures you feel will fade overtime. Resting in God’s expectations for your life is so much easier than trying to live up to the expectations you place on yourself by comparing your victories and defeats with other people. So, today, mirror your life with the Word of God and rest in the design He has for your ministry, your family, and your future.

    Prayer: Lord, show me what it means to be Your image. There are days that are difficult for me to feel joy, but help me to find peace and purpose in Your presence. I desire to reflect Your glory.