In the context of archery, a bow is an elastic launching device able to shoot long-shafted projectiles. In the days of the Old Testament, bow and arrows were used for hunting animals to catch your next meal as well as a military regiment, used to defend and protect countries. When you apply this concept to prayer, praying is a valuable spiritual weapon. Proactive prayers serve as a hedge of protection around your children and loved ones. Meanwhile, bowing as you pray sets the tone for God to take your requests seriously, sending your children to new heights.
I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will], Mark 11:23.
Based upon the passage above, it appears that Jesus’ disciples did not understand the power of prayer. Perhaps, many of these godly men got use to praying without experiencing or seeing immediate results. The thought of praying for God’s unlimited power appears to be a foreign concept. UN the passage above, Jesus adds an important element, prayers should be spoken in accordance with God’s will. Thus, prayer shouldn’t be like a grocery list, asking God to gimme this or that. Rather, prayer should be an outpouring of your heart, soul and mind, free from doubt.
For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you, Mark 11:24.
As a parent of two teenagers and one college student, I have reached a point that I no longer have the influence over my children as I once did. Yet, prayer is always available, especially when you feel helpless, unable to alter, correct or guide the steps teenagers take. The older I become, the more I cling to the power of prayer. Inspired by the testimonies of parents whose prayers have transformed their prodigal children, use your daily prayer time as a bow to send your children on to new spiritual heights.
by Jay Mankus