Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LESSON 3, WEEK 12–Asking God to Raise Up Godly Mates for Our Grandchildren



Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. I Peter 5:7 TLB

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

I have always been fascinated by the thought that while I was growing up, my husband was in a different locality growing up. The way God orchestrated the events that brought us together amazes me. I believe God is Sovereign and therefore believe He brought us together. I don’t know if anyone prayed for us to find a godly mate, but I like to believe someone did.

When my children were quite small, I remember looking at them and knowing that someday they would grow up and leave the nest. I began right then and there praying for God to raise up a godly mate for them.Through the years, I have continued praying that prayer for my grandchildren and for my great-grandchildren. I know that God has honored those prayers.

But you may be saying, I did that too, but we’ve had divorce. How can that be when I prayed? This is a deep question with an answer so unfathomable that only God can explain it. Personally, I feel it has something to do with free will—both partners have been given such a will. What was meant to be, can fall by the wayside, when a partner fails to follow God’s chosen path. Here, I’m going to say, I don’t know the answer, but God is good and we can trust Him. I feel that it is important to pray and leave the outcome and the questions for God and God alone.

So why would God care who we married? First, He wants us to live in peace and to be serving Him. That’s why we are told in 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? God knows when we are in disagreement over the most important issue in life there will be discord, and a pull in two direction. Make no mistake, God is wise.

Secondly, everything that affects us is important to Him. Scriptures tell us that even the hairs of our head our numbered. God loves you and wants the best for you. 

I’ve only named a couple of reason, but I’m convinced there are many others—too many to discuss here. But I urge you, grandparents, make prayer for your children and grandchildren’s godly mates to be a top priority. You’ll be glad you did.

What Did I Learn

God _____________about us. Even the hairs of our head are numbered.

God wants us to _________in peace.

Scriptures tell us to not be ____________yoked.

The reason for that is__________________________________________. 

Some questions are so unfathomable that we have to trust ____________.

It is i________________ to pray for God to raise up g____________

m___________for our grandchildren.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will choose to pray that God raise up a godly mate for each of my grandchildren.

Dear God, I bring my grandchildren before you today and ask that You draw them close to You and that they would have a personal relationship with You. Lord, somewhere in this world is their future spouse, please be drawing them to You also. When the time is right, bring them together in their season.

Then father, for those grandchildren whose marriages have failed, bring a time of healing. And when that healing has taken place, bring the godly mate that You have hand selected to walk beside them into their lives.

Thank You for hearing my prayer and answering it. Thank You that I can trust You, even when I don’t understand what has happened, for You do. Amen and Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, March 29, 2017 




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

LESSON 2, WEEK 12–Praying for God’s Plans to be Fulfilled in Family Members’ Lives

Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 TLB

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

I come from a line of strong-willed individuals and so did my husband. It only stands to reason that we have produced strong-willed children and grandchildren. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Strong-willed people are determined and do not give up easily. The problem exists when they are so strong-willed that they forage ahead without asking God about His will. This is why it’s important to ask God that His will be done in our lives and our family’s.

I’m now in the winter of my life, and as I look back, I can see where I ran ahead of God and took a detour. I’m happy to say, He did let me take that willful detour, but He brought me back to His plan every time.

God has a plan for each family member’s life. You can partner with God in seeing that they don’t miss the mark by praying for them. The very first thing we want to pray is that they will have a personal relationship with God. So always we need to pray for their salvation and walk.

Secondly, we need to pray that they will surrender their will to God’s will. When we are young, we always want to do it our way. Even when we’re old, we tend to do our thing, then remember we should have asked God

I also like to pray that God will make His will abundantly clear in my own life and the lives of my children and grandchildren. And, that we will be tuned in enough to hear and see His will for our lives. Ah, we have come full-circle—the relationship. If we walk with God, we will most likely hear and see the way He directs us.

What Did I Learn

Each family member needs to have a p __________  r ________________with the Triune God.

The need to  s______________their will to God’s will.
We need to so in tune that we will h_____________ and s__________ God’s will for us.

We also need to remember to ask God what _______   __________is for our lives.


I Will Apply What I Have Learned

I will pray for my children and grandchildren’s personal walk with you.

I will pray that You would guide them and cause them to hear and see Your will for their lives.

I will pray that they surrender their will to Yours.

Father God, I lift up my family to you and ask that Your work in my children and grandchildren’s lives. I pray that they will hunger for Your Word and a personal relationship with You. I pray that we all will remember to ask Your will before pursuing our will. I also ask that You open our ears and our eyes to discern Your will. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, March 28, 2017 







Monday, March 27, 2017

WEEK 12: Praying for Your Children & Grandchildren LESSON 1, WEEK 12–Praying for the Daily Needs & Protection of Our Family



Scripture for the week: I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

In Matthew 13, Jesus teaches with the parable on the wheat and the tares. We learn that the choice seed (the wheat) represents God’s people whom God has planted in the world, and the thistle (the tares), are the people who belong to Satan. Jesus tells his disciples they are to wait until the harvest to get rid of the tares.

What does all this have to do with praying for your family? A lot. Every day, they get up and go out to face a great big world that has both the wheat and the tares growing in it. They need prayer to not get involved with the tares. They need prayer in order to be a witness and to stand for God. They need prayer to make godly decisions.

It is my hope that you are already standing in the gap for your family. But if not, now is the time to start. The method is up to you, but I’m going to share some of my own thoughts and some that have been shared with me.

One lady shared how she got a loose-leaf notebook and posted pictures of family members on each page. She said it helped her to stay focused.
On the left, she listed the prayer request and on the right she listed the answer. This sounds like a great idea and I’ve always wanted to try it, but I’m not that organized. I do well to get their names listed in my prayer journal. All too often they’re written on my heart and that’s as far as I get.

During my prayer time, after a time of praise, thanksgiving, and confession, I start by lifting up each member of my family and asking God to protect us from evil in this world and the unseen world. I also request protection upon our lives as we go about our day. I then continue by asking God to make our marriages sweet and raise up godly mates for the unmarried grandchildren. I then list my request for each family member’s personal needs as I know them and are led by the Holy Spirit to pray.

At time, I may pray a particular verse of Scripture over a child or grandchild. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

However you want to do, God treasures you—standing in the gap for your family. That’s the important part.

What Did I Learn

It is important to stand in the _________ for our family because in the

world, the ________ and the __________are growing together until the

harvest.


The method is not as important as the fact that we ___________ for our family.

I Will Apply What I Have Learned


____I have been praying for my family, but I will be more intentional about it.

____I haven’t been praying, but see the importance of praying for them. I will begin right now.


Dear God, Guide me as I lift up my family before You and ask that You be at work in their lives. Remind me to always take the time to do this, for I will do nothing or give them anything greater than the gift of prayer. When I enter into the throne room and lift them up before You—well, they are basking in Your glory. Thank You for hearing my requests. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

©Janet Teitsort, March 27, 2017 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

LESSON 5, WEEK 11 –Review of Lessons 1-4


Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 NIV


*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

Who can understand all the mysteries of prayer? I can’t and you can’t. Yet, we are called to a personal relationship through prayer. We read the stories in the Bible and see how vital prayer is to our connecting with God.
I hope as we’ve studied this week, you have grown  in your personal relationship with God. I also hope you have seen how important it is that we share our call to prayer with our grandchildren.


Review of Lessons 1 -2

I am called to pray and maintain a relationship with ____________.

It is possible to know God as the great I AM, and also have a personal relationship with Him.

God called Abraham His friend, so it is possible I can have a __________________with Him too.

Sharing verses on _____________prayer is another way to share and explore the subject of prayer.

 In lesson two, we learned that prayer is not to be taken _________________.

Praying is a privilege that Jesus paid for with__________   ___________.

Many family ______________________are solved through ______________.


Review of Lessons 3-4


In lesson three we learned the importance of planting ______________ seeds in their lives.

One way to do that is to offer to _____________with them over a problem they have.

We also learned that sharing and letting our _________know that we have a prayer life is important in our prayer witness.

Keeping a prayer journal is a way to grow our _______________.

It is important to share how God has interceded in my life through _______________________.

As a grandparent, I need to encourage my grandchildren to keep a prayer journal and write their spiritual _________________.


Dear God, Thank You for allowing me to come to you in prayer. How wonderful it is that You want to maintain a relationship with me. May I never come to You in prayer that I don’t think how much it cost Jesus.  You have revealed to me how important our relationship is. I will be blessed to worship You as God Almighty, the great I AM and also call You friend. Amen and Amen

©Janet Teitsort, March 25, 2017 


Thursday, March 23, 2017

LESSON 4, WEEK 11–Growing the Faith



Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that  if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

Every life is a story. I am a writer. I like stories. For example, I read the story of Noah and I’m in awe that this guy had faith enough to build a boat when rain had not fallen upon the earth. Then there is Abraham who God called to pick up and move. I read about his life and I see that even though he had faith in the beginning, that faith grew and grew. There are others, too. Moses, Joseph, the prophets, Paul, and the disciples--the list is endless.The Bible is full of stories, both good and bad. God didn’t hold back. He told it all, so that we would feel comfortable in our stories.

Our stories.  You do have one--you know, a life story about where you were born and where you live, what job you do, and woven in along with that story is your spiritual journey. Why am I bringing all this up? It’s because your story is what you can use to teach your grandchildren that God answers prayer.

I hope you already have, but if you haven’t, it’s not too late to start, Keep a prayer journal and record how God answers your prayers. Then when the time is right, share it with them. You can use other people’s stories to share about faith, too. Don’t miss any opportunity to share with your grandkids. You’ll be blessed and so will they.

What Did I Learn

It’s important to keep a prayer journal . It will help my
____________to grow and also allow my ________________
To grow in the faith.

It is important to share my _______________with my grandchildren.

They will grow in ______________as they see how my story unfolded.


I Will Apply What I Have Learned

·       I will keep a prayer journal for the purpose of growing faith.
·       I will encourage my grandchildren to start a prayer journal.


Father God, I have a story with You as the author. Encourage me in keeping my prayer journal so I can realize what a great and Mighty God You are. Give me favor with my grandchildren when I suggest keeping a prayer journal. Cause them to decide to follow my decision to grow our faith. In the Name of our Lord and Savior, I pray. Amen


©Janet Teitsort, March 23, 2017 



LESSON 3, WEEK 11–Planting Prayer Seeds in Our Grandchildren’s Life



Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that  if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever
we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14 NIV

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

I was talking on the phone with my friend, sharing something I was concerned about, when she suddenly stopped me and said, “Let’s pray about it right now.” Wow! Sometimes we talk about praying, but never really get around to doing it. Her response made a lifelong impression on me

Grandparents, this is where you can plant prayer seeds with your grandchildren. Here is where you can say, “Thanks for sharing your
concern over _________with me, but let’s pray about it right now.
Can you imagine the impact that will have on your grandchild and
what it will teach them? It will teach them to turn to prayer the very first thing and not wait until after the fact.

Another way to plant prayer seeds is to share verses on prayer with your grandchildren. This week’s verse is a good one, but be ready to have an answer for their counter: “But, so and so prayed for their mom to be healed from cancer and she died.” How do you answer such a but . . .?

I’ve always been told God answers in one of three ways: yes, no, or not now. That made sense, but didn’t comfort me too much, especially when the answer was no, or not now. I began to look deeper and I think it comes to an issue of trust.

We don’t know why God makes the decisions He does, but we do know this: God loves us. After all, He sent His Only Son to die for us so that we might have life. So the thoughts I made Him mad, or He doesn’t like me, have to be pitched out the window. Not true!

The next thing we know is God is good, all the time. If God is good, He won’t make a bad decision. We have to trust that He is a loving, wise, and good God who sees the whole of eternity. Paul said in Corinthians 13:12 (ESV) “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Trust is allowing Him to be God.  I’m not saying it is easy, but we can trust even when we’re hurting. It’s important to share this with your grandchildren, when the questions on prayer surface.


What Did I Learn

I learned it is important to __________  _____________ seeds.

One way to do it is to _______ with our grandchild when they share a particular problem with us.

It is important to help them understand that when God answers no or not now, we need to trust that He ______us, and He is _________, plus He
has a reason for His answer.


I Will Apply What I Have Learned

·       I will look for opportunities to plant prayer seeds.
·       I will share verses on prayer with my grandchildren.
·       I will encourage them to think about what they know about God: He is love and He is good.

Dear God, I see the importance of planting prayer seeds in my grandchildren. Help me to discern those teachable moments. Give me words and help me to speak, encouraging them to trust in You. In Jesus Name. Amen



©Janet Teitsort, March 23, 2017  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LESSON 2, WEEK 11–What Prayer Warriors Know



Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14-15 NIV


*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

Does your family know you pray? If not, why not? I know the Bible teaches we are not to be showy about prayer, but when we let our family know that prayer is our first thought, then that is a witness. They need to know that every day we seek God’s guidance for our lives and those we love. Establish your place of prayer and don’t be ashamed to request that you not be disturbed except for emergencies.

Prayer warriors know that prayer time is not to be taken lightly. It’s serious business—the most important thing you do! He is God Almighty and He deserves our full attention. No one rushes the Father, He wants your heart calm and your ear listening. As His Spirit fills you, it prays within you in groans you don’t even understand. And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26 TLB) Isn’t that wonderful? The Holy
Spirit is interceding with us.

Prayer warriors know that prayer is a privilege. This is a magnificent privilege that Jesus paid for with His life—His blood on our behalf. Think about that for a minute. We are told the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom at the moment of Christ’s death. Therefore we can pray directly to God.

Praying parent and grandparent warriors know that many family problems are solved in prayer. Pray and trust, pray and trust becomes our mantra for problem solving. God has the answers, we only need to bring
Requests to him.

What Did I Learn

Prayer can be a ____________to our family.

Teaching respect for ______ time, lets them know you value the time spent in prayer.

Prayer is the most _______________thing I do.

The Holy Spirit prays_____________us.

Prayer is a ______________________paid for by Jesus’ __________  __  ____ Cross.


I Will Apply What I Have Learned


I will set aside a time and place for  ________________.

I will teach my family to respect my ___________  __________.

I will consider prayer a privilege and honor it.

I will bring my problems and the problems of my family before the Lord
And trust Him for the answers.

Father God, Thank You for the privilege of prayer. It is a time of sharing with you, the Most High. Help me to realize that it is the most important thing I do. Let me bring all of my joys and my heartaches to share with you. In Jesus Name, Amen.


©Janet Teitsort, March 22, 2017 



Sunday, March 19, 2017

WEEK 11: GRANDPARENTS TEACH ABOUT PRAYER LESSON 1, WEEK 11–Called to Pray



Scripture for the week:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God;
That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we
know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 NIV

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore be earnest, thoughtful men of prayer. 1 Peter 4:7 TLB

*Before you begin, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you study His Word.

Think On These Things:

There are various levels of friendship. We have friends who are acquaintances, those who we know fairly well, and those who are kindred spirits. What makes the difference? Mostly it has to do with the quantity and quality of time that we spend with them. But add to that the very important element of  having rapport with them—the same heart-felt opinions and feelings about life—and you’ve made a life-long friend.
When we meet a kindred spirit, then we feel unconditional love and acceptance.

When we received God’s Spirit calling to us to accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and we answer yes, then we become kindred spirits with God.
We feel accepted and loved unconditionally. It is  the type of 1st love that the Bible refers to in Revelation 2:4.

But let me ask you, What makes a relationship grow? The answer is continuous interaction. Despite what modern psychologist have tried to tell us, it take both quantity and quality time spent together.

The same is true in our relationship with God. We need to spend time in prayer and in His Word daily, or we may lose the fervor of that 1st love.
What is prayer but a sharing with our Heavenly Father. It is a friendship
with our God that is like none other. We are called to pray and follow Him.

James, the brother of Christ, tells us in James 2:23 (TLB) that "'Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.' He was even called the friend of God.'" God can be your Almighty God, Jehovah, the great I AM, and still allow you to have a friendship with HIM. We can understand this as we grow in understanding. But for now, Grandparents, know that you are called to pray for your personal needs, the needs of others, and most importantly the needs of your grandchildren.

What Did I Learn

I learned that we are called to ______ so that we can interact and grow our relationship with _______/

It is possible to hold God in high e_______ and still know Him personally as a ___________.

If Abraham had a ___________with God, I can _____.


I Will Apply What I Have Learned

Because God has called me to prayer, I will spend time talking and most importantly listening to Him. I will ask for spiritual ears to hear him.

I will honor and respect Him by praising the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit.

I will confess my sins before Him and ask for daily cleansing.

I will daily bring my petitions before Him.

I will pray, believing that He will answer.

Father God, as I come before You today, I ask for spiritual understanding of what prayer will do for our relationship.
Help me see that prayer, along with Bible study will keep that 1st love alive. Give me spiritual ears to hear You and discern what You are teaching me. I pray this in the Name of the perfect Lamb of God. Amen and Amen


©Janet Teitsort, March 19, 2017