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Today’s Prayer in on HEART CHANGE…
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
The most foundational thing we can ask God for in the lives of our children is HEART CHANGE. The Bible says that what is in the heart eventually comes out. If we have bad stuff in our heart, then bad stuff comes out! And if we have good stuff in our heart, then good will come out.
I’ve heard this illustration twice within the last week, so I think God might be trying to tell me something. I hope it’s meaningful to you as well.
I’m going through Priscilla Shirer’s JONAH Bible study this summer with a group of ladies from our Sunday School class. On the video last week, she had a girl hold a glass of water. Then, Priscilla started shaking the girl’s arm, and the water started spilling out everywhere.
Then she asked, “why do you think the water came out of the glass?”
We could say that the water came out of the glass because Priscilla shook her arm. But then she said, could it be that the water came out of the glass because there was water IN the glass? If the glass were empty, then nothing would come out of it when shaken!
So it is with our hearts! Life has a funny way of ramming up against us & shaking us up! People pull out in front of you & go slow when you are in a hurry. Your child spills milk all over the table right before you need to leave for work. Your little one wakes you up in the middle of the night because he had an accident all over his bed. (This has happened too many times lately!) Your children decide to annoy each other in front of everyone at church. (Need I go on???)
We get “shaken” up every day…probably many times every day! But our response to the “shakes” comes from what is in our glass…or our hearts! If we have bad stuff in our heart, then bad stuff comes out! And if we have good stuff in our heart, then good will come out.
So…what comes out of your heart when you are “shaken?” Our response matters to God and it matters to the people watching and learning from us along the way.
Today’s verses are:
Praying for heart change,
(Adapted from Brooke McGlothlin’s Warrior Prayers Leader Guide:)