At the end of June, I went away for a "Daddy Retreat
" and asked you to "join me in the 'pause' to ask God what he wants us to be praying for." I planned to "run, kayak, sleep, read, and pray," and that is just what I did. Sometimes when I was running, sometimes when I was reading, and sometimes when I meant to be sleeping, I found myself praying, and found that over the three days God has given me at least three things to pray for.
The first thing to pray for is my family. In 2020 nearly all the prayer requests on this blog have been for our family so far, so why yet another one? I love to read fiction by Randy Alcorn, and during this retreat I read about two thirds of his novelization of the movie "Courageous". I was surprised that even when the movie comes first, the book can still be better! The movie made me laugh and cry when I first saw it, and the book made me laugh and cry, too. It also prompted me again to think about eternity and about my role as a father.
When I have heaven's resources just an ask away, why don't I pray blessings over my children more often!?!? I found myself delighting in lifting my family up to God one by one, and I want this to become a habit. Please pray that it will become a habit, and if you choose to do so, make a habit of praying for our children, too!
[Note: Although the retreat happened in June and this three part blog series was originally written in July, the resulting prayer requests are still as relevant in October as ever!]