Clog Up the Lines
On July 15, 1976 three men forced 26 children and one driver off a school bus into two vans. For 11 hours the kidnappers drove the frightened children around the county, then forced the children and driver into a moving van with a little food, water and a few mattresses. All the children could hear were the horrifying sounds of dirt dumping on top of them. They were being buried alive!
Two of the older boys and the driver stacked the mattresses on top of one another to access an opening in the top of the truck. Over four horrifying hours they dug their way out with their bare hands. The children emerged one by one to find themselves in the center of a rock quarry. A worker quickly found them and the children and parents were soon reunited. But why were they taken to begin with?
The quarry owner’s son and two friends devised this sinister scheme to terrorize the town into paying a five million dollar ransom. The only problem, they could not get through to police to make their demand because frantic parents kept the lines flooded with calls. Their plan was foiled by the cries of loving moms and dads. So, too, are the plans of our enemy as we pray to our Heavenly Father on behalf of our children.
Make no mistake about it, Satan is after our children. There’s nothing in him that says, “Awww they’re kinda cute, I’ll get em’ later.” The media, social networks, movies, T.V., music . . . these voices are so loud and usually negative. Is it possible to block it all?
Nope, but that’s okay. We know how awesome and powerful our God is. Lamentations 2:19 says, “Pour out your hearts like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the lives of your young children.” Let’s foil his plans by clogging up the lines. Pray, pray, pray for our children!
If you’re at all like me, sometimes I hit a wall when it comes to what to pray about. Here are just a few things to get the ball rolling:
- Keep my eyes sharp to recognize threats against my children’s spiritual growth
- Soften my children’s hearts to the needs of others
- Tune my children’s ears to hear and obey God’s voice
- Help my children see Your love through me
- Be with my future son/daughter-in-law as he/she grows
The list goes on and on. Go ahead and pour out your heart to Him.
By: Angel K. Sims
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