This is Henry, the summer I remember thinking we have got to start locking the gate. August 2, 2007, was the night he went walking down the street all by himself. I was sitting in the backyard when I noticed my 2 married daughters going for a walk. What they were not aware of was their baby brother following along about 20 feet behind them.
Keeping the gate closed and latched has become an important job over the last 7 years. Our family is growing exponentially, by leaps and bounds. There is always a toddler wanting to follow the older children. Thankfully, there have been teenagers around who can run faster than me.
Beginning next month, the Sheridan Drive Ladies will be starting our fall Bible study. This year we are using the guide, “Gate-Keepers of the Home” by Nancy Campbell. We are beginning Tuesday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m.
In the Bible, gatekeepers were even more important than the ones that keep my babies in the backyard. In fact, they were told to not only guard their homes, but to go out and possess the gates of their enemies.
This is what God said to Abraham up on Mount Moriah: “I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,” Genesis 22:17
Can you imagine the peace of mind we would all have if we locked up the gate from all the bad things that are out in the world? In our family, we often joke about cities that need to be walled up and sealed off to keep all the yuck inside them.
If only we knew the power we possess to do just that. The greatest weapon we, as God’s people, have against any evil power, danger, bad influence, harm or injury is prayer.
It is in Ephesians 6, where God lays out so clearly how we are to fight this war with our true enemy, Satan. There are many weapons we are to yield, both offensively and defensively. But God tells us to be, “praying at all times in the spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” and to “keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” He also says the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. We are to pray. Praying with power means using God’s Word, the Bible, in our prayers.
In our backyard there are many ‘sword’ fights. We have a lot of boys. In our homes, though is where the real battle is held. We are praying mamas. I am a praying grandma. My babies even have praying great-grandmas.
It is not in fear that we pray; it is with hope and peace that God hears. I know He is watching over all these babies in ways beyond my reach. He is in control.