John Page: Creating a Roadmap for Success
A farmer in Texas was born during the first year of the Civil War. When an evangelist came through town, he led the farmer to the Lord, and later the man became a minister. His passion was to win people to Christ—especially his own family. He began praying specifically for the spiritual welfare of his family, not only for his two daughters, but for future generations. He did this for one hour every day during the last few decades of his life.
“I’m in fourth generation, and every single one of them was either a minister or was married to one. I am the first one in four generations that wasn’t called into the [pastoral] ministry,” Christian author and psychologist Dr. James Dobson laughs. “That’s the legacy that I was given.” Toward the end of his life, Dr. Dobson’s great-grandfather made an announcement that God had promised him that every member of four generations would be Christians.
The best way to grow our families spiritually is to pray diligently and consistently for them. We need to be very specific in our prayers. We need to intercede for the battles that our family members are going through, we need to pray for every aspect of our children’s lives (friends, safety, school, career, future spouse, etc.) and we need to pray that God will reveal Himself to them daily. I have been claiming the scripture promises in Matthew 21:22, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer,” and Hebrews 2:13, “I will put my trust in Him.”