Today's focus is on The Battle: Heart Change. If you do not see this chapter immediately following the prayers on salvation, check the front of the ebook. As you read, here is some encouragement from Brooke.
"The most foundational thing we can ask God for in the lives of our sons is heart change. The Word says that what's in the heart eventually comes out. Bad stuff in the heart? Bad stuff comes out. Good stuff in the heart? Good stuff comes out.
I heard an illustration of this concept once from a pastor friend. He held up a Styrofoam cup with a little water inside and proceeded to ram his hand against the cup so that the water splattered everywhere. Then he asked this questions:
'Why did water come out of the cup?'
So what do you think? Did the water come out of the cup because he rammed his hand up against it? Certainly a possible answer. But consider this: could it be that the water came out of the cup because there was water IN the cup?
Think about it ... if the cup had been empty when he rammed it, nothing would have come out.
And so it is with our hearts. Life has a funny way of ramming up against us. People pull out in front of you when you're in a hurry. The neighbor's dog won't stop yapping through the night when all you need is a few hours of sleep. Your children pick the day after your favorite relative dies to be little horrors ... somehow sensing that mom is frazzled.
We get hit. Probably every day. But our response to the hits comes from what's in our cup ... or hearts. Bad stuff in the heart? Bad stuff comes out. Good stuff in the heart? Good stuff comes out.
'The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.' - Luke 6:45"
What comes out of YOUR heart when you get hit? Our response matters to God and it matters to the people watching and learning from us along the way.
After reading "The Battle" chapter about Eli and his sons, how does it make you feel to know that godly man, such as Eli, could fail to raise his sons to know and love the Lord? Comment here our on the Facebook group page.
Today, cover your sons with the ten prayers for heart change. I know I need that, too.
We have just one more day on this incredible prayer journey, friends, but it doesn't end there. I continue to pray for perseverance and endurance, and for your hearts to be changed as much as those hearts that you're praying for.