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Prayer that Transforms Hearts to Transform the World

Prayer that Transforms Hearts to Transform the World

If you have difficulty motivating your children to assume responsibility, this article is for you.

Cruel remarks from a best friend had crushed Melissa Ann’s heart. Hurting with her, we wanted to do something special to help heal the pain. We began considering her desire for a horse that had started when we moved to the country.

Because horses require a lot of daily care, we suggested she get up at 5:00 every morning for six weeks to read books about horses (for a minimum of two hours). The books had to be read on the patio table – rain or shine and in extraordinarily cold or hot temperatures because these conditions would be part of the experience of caring for a horse.

So what did she do? Without going into details about that experience, six weeks later, we bought her a bunny.

This child loved to sleep. When she was supposed to be doing schoolwork, her mind and body would flee to another realm of the universe. And don’t get me started on her room. Observing her actions, she could be described as lazy.

Nagging doesn’t help in instances like this. Our children don’t have our life experience. They cannot possibly know that what we’re teaching them now will make their lives easier and more productive when they step out of our nest to take their place in the world.

Nagging doesn’t help—but prayer makes a difference.

I began praying her name – Melissa (honey bee, industrious) Ann (grace). And results didn’t happen overnight. I took her to hear speakers such as Tim Tebow and the Harris brothers who wrote Do Hard Things. I set the example and implemented disciplines. But I continued to wonder if I’d ever see the fruit.

When she wanted to attend Highlands College, a two-year ministry school associated with Church of the Highlands, I was thrilled and nervous. Having homeschooled, I wondered how she would do in such an environment. And so I prayed,

Father God,

please grant her a God-breathed, God-shaped, and God-sized vision

so great that it demands every breath and thought,

Your Power working within her and through her.

She finished Highlands College—never missing a class, even when losing the top of her finger in an accident when we moved. She trained for and ran a half marathon, running in other events. She selected the most difficult mission trip available—Nepal, trekking the Himalayas. And instead of soliciting funds, she chose to work, setting up a childcare business that has become her profession. So let me encourage you.

  • Remain patient.
  • Strive for unity.
  • Remain persistent in example. We’re called to train them to be all God designed them to be, not beat them into a mold.
  • Remain prayerful. This is the transforming power that transforms hearts so our children can transform the world.

By: Connie’s passion is to mobilize women and children to pray. Please visit her website, “My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations”  or connect with her on Facebook at

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  1. Thank you, Connie, for the encouragement to remain patient and persistent in prayer!

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