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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Have you ever prayed for your great-grandchildren?

This is a story that really inspires me. There are a lot of people who are similar to the way I am. I want to do tremendos things for the Kingdom. I want to be a part of a "movement of God." But sometimes I spend so much "doing" things that I forget to set time aside to discuss things over with my Creator. If you are that way too then I hope this story inspires you as well.

In Point Man, Steve Farrar tells the story of George McCluskey. 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. After a time, he expanded his prayers to include his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every day between 11 a.m. and noon, he prayed for the next three generations.

As the years went by, his two daughters committed their lives to Christ and married men who went into full-time ministry. The two couples produced 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 both 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. He undoubtedly felt some pressure to continue the family legacy, but he chose instead to pursue his interest in psychology. He earned his doctorate and eventually wrote books for parents that became bestsellers.

He started a radio program heard on more than a thousand stations each day. The man's name was James Dobson. "Through his prayers, George McCluskey affected far more than one family."

So I will ask the question again, "When was the last time you prayed for your great-grandchildren?"

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