The world is a dangerous place; but God is good and able. This is “why” every parent must pray. The second question arises: “How should every parent pray?” A few years ago someone shared with me the “adverbs of prayer.” Remember your grammar? I can’t remember the source of this, but it’s good. My apologies if it was you.
Desperately – We’re helpless and at the end of our resources. We need God.
Presumptuously – We presume on God’s goodness believing he hears and answers.
Boldly – We have the right to approach God directly. He honors importunity.
Specifically – God says “ask and you will receive.” We put God on the line.
Expectantly – We believe his promises seeing what is before we receive it.
Corporately – Agreement is a condition of answered prayer. We secure right relationships in order to pray purely.
Playfully – There has to be joy along the way…
Violently – Sometimes we have to fight. A mother bear fights for her own.
Tenaciously – Resistance can lead to persistence. When things don’t happen instantly, we must keep going.
Thankfully – Faith says “thank you” before resultsmaterializes. Gratitude is the surest form of trust.
Restfully – In the end, we leave all in God’s hands and we rest.