Prayer by the (Photo) Book

Through diaper dilemmas, defiant moments, classroom theatrics, teenage drivers and other milestones of parenthood, one truth remained when all other theories failed:  prayer changes things.  Hearts soften, wisdom arrives, and circumstances shift when God is at work.

With that kind of track record, why aren’t we spending our days on our knees?  Because we forget, find it hard to focus when we do pray and often can’t get passed the urgent needs to ask God for the deeper desires we have for our families.

If I would find five minutes to sit down to pray, I would start with the current crisis-of-the-day and spin-off to remembering items I needed at the grocery store or calls I needed to make.  Prayer time often ended with a short nap and then a resolution to “pray harder” next time.

What changed all that was a simple notebook and a handful of photos.  I take family pictures, lots of them.  While waiting patiently to land in a photo book, piles of family snapshots gathered in my living room.  Casually leafing through them one day, I began to pray for my family as I saw them in the photos.

Looking at their smiling faces full of life and hope, it was near effortless to ask God to not only bless them but protect them, hold their dreams with them, keep them safe, strengthen their relationship to him, keep them pure of heart and action.  This time it was hard to STOP praying.  The next day I grabbed the photos before I started praying and by the end of the week had designed a system to keep it up.

To be continued Thursday…

Some of the photo albums

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2 Responses to “Prayer by the (Photo) Book”


  1. 1 lauralea suess September 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Wow, you have systems for everything. I love it!

    Lauralea

    On Sep 24, 2012, at 4:06 PM, Hope for the Best wrote:

    WordPress.com Letitia Suk posted: “Through diaper dilemmas, defiant moments, classroom theatrics, teenage drivers and other milestones of parenthood, one truth remained when all other theories failed: prayer changes things. Hearts soften, wisdom arrives, and circumstances shift when Go”


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