We shouldn’t have to be reminded but prayer is important. It starts with our individual communion with God but then expands to intercession for others. I recently read the story of George McCluskey and his prayers for his family. When McCluskey married and started a family, he decided to invest one hour a day in prayer, because he wanted his kids to follow Christ. As the family expanded, so did his prayers to include grandchildren and great grandchildren. Every day between 11 a.m. and noon he prayed for the next three generations.
His two daughters were saved and married men who went into full-time ministry. The families grew to include four girls and one boy. Each of the girls married a minister, and the boy became a pastor. The first two children born to this generation were boys. Upon graduation from high school, the two cousins chose the same college and became roommates. During their sophomore year, one boy decided to go into the ministry. The other didn’t. Instead, he decided to pursue his interest in psychology. Although this was seemingly a departure from the family legacy, this young man eventually founded a ministry called ‘Focus on the Family’, which has blessed millions of people. His name, of course, is James Dobson. Prayer changes families!