Every morning before our kids leave the house we hold hands and pray. It's a great way to start the day for all of us. As a mom it gives me hope as I watch them leave because it's just a great reminder that they are in God's hands. In all that they hear and encounter each day God is with them. We've had our share of wonderful days and days where we cry because life sometimes hurts. Giving them to God each day gives me peace.

Prayer is a huge part of the Christian life, yet sometimes it's a hard topic because doesn't seem like we never pray enough. In Philippians 1:19-26 Paul is still in prison, and he talks about what gives him his strength. First, Paul says that the prayers of others gives him courage and hope. Secondly, the Holy Spirit gives him help. It's easy to forget, but the Spirit of God dwells inside of us as believers. It's real power and strength. The Holy Spirit is our counselor. The Spirit helps us understand the Bible. He intercedes for us when we pray. (The Spirit was also the decorator at thought!)

When someone says they are praying for you, does it give you hope? Prayer is powerful. Let your prayers and the prayers of others truly give you hope. Prayer is real. Who are you praying for? Have you told them lately?

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