If you are a parent who is struggling to connect with your children, Natalie Jones has but one suggestion for you—more prayer.
The founder of Parent Compass, a Christian life and family show you can view on the internet, Jones says that parents whose relationship with their children can be described as "rocky" should increase their amount of prayer to get closer to their children and enjoy the relationships they are looking for. It's as simple as that.
"Ask more of God. I don't think any of us are doing that to the level that God wants us to," Jones told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network. "God tells us to ask for more of Him. The number of verses in the Bible are incredible.
"In fact, it says, 'you have not because you ask not'—James 4:2. So what do you get when you ask for God?" she asks. "You get more of the Holy Spirit. That's in Luke. And what do you get when you get the Holy Spirit? You get the fruits of the Spirit: love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, self-control, faithfulness and patience.
"You also get power from the Holy Spirit," she continues. "So ask for more God; He is waiting for you. Christ came to heal the brokenhearted. If you ask for more of God, He wants to take that brokenness that we all feel to a great extent, and He wants to, as only He can do it, make it into love, peace and joy."
Pastors, associate pastors and everyone in ministry, listen to this. Understand that as the home goes, so goes the church. Hopefully, the church is making an influence on the home. The home is the center of where God wants us to live it and to walk it and to be real. Jones says we must be a different-maker in the home before we can expect to affect the world.
Jones says the episodes of Parent Compass reflect these values.
"Parent Compass is made to be a tool for churches and leaders," Jones says. "It promotes churches wonderfully, and you see how God has worked in these families' lives. Three of them said specifically that we started going to church, and the show lays out how it made the difference."
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