Failure to Thrive

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Failure to Thrive

While working at a small clinic years ago in pediatrics, I witnessed many things.  One case that haunted me was a small three-month old baby I weighed and measured one morning.   The baby had stopped eating, the back of its head was flat, and his weight was considerably lower than the last visit.  I remember so much loose skin.  The child showed no interaction with life. The teen mother said, “He’s a good baby, never cries and lays in his bed all day without fussing!”  The doctor’s examination found nothing wrong, but the baby was admitted to the hospital.  He was diagnosed with “failure to thrive.”

The baby had lost his will to live due to neglect.  There is so much more that could be said about this story, but simply put… lack of being physically held, talked to, and loved…his desire to thrive or live had left him.

Spiritually speaking this is a condition all too common.

I want to focus today on thriving and prayer.  At the beginning of my Christian life, it was an area I was up and down, until God began to send some prayer warriors in my life that I became friends with.

If you already have an active, thriving prayer life, you are certainly experiencing many blessings and headed in the right direction to grow abundantly.

What is So Important About Prayer?

We know prayer is talking to God, but it is so much more!

Prayer is a subject so talked about, taught about, and written about.  Prayer is life- changing.

Prayer is the greatest weapon we have against the enemy.

Prayer is our greatest source of strength and power to live out our faith in victory!

Prayer is communicating with the One, True, and Living God; the Ruler of the Universe, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, Our Creator; the one who cares about every detail of our lives, and loves us more than we could ever fathom!

If we as Christians truly believe this to be truth, our lives should be engulfed with prayer for a world that is so in need, and we should be running to God with everything.  Most of all, we should be bathing the lives of our children in prayer and teaching them how to pray.

Without daily, consistent, active prayer, your spiritual life will experience “failure to thrive” and loss of effectiveness.

I love this quote!

Prayer quote

How do we get started?  Think about all the needs in your family, your neighbors, your community, and social media.  Begin capturing the needs and taking them to God in prayer. There is no lack of needs.

Pray, Pray, Pray!  The more you pray the stronger your relationship with God will grow.  Focus on others.

Something that helped me when I started getting completely serious about prayer, I read 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

“Pray without ceasing.”

Does that mean pray constantly?  Well, sort of.

  • Pray without ceasing, means having a presence of prayer over our lives.
  • Praying about literally anything and everything.
  • The more intentional we are about paying attention and praying about everything, the possibilities are unlimited!
  • The more consistent we pray for people and love them as Jesus loves them, the prayers and God’s power  will begin to flow.

God has great things ahead for those who love him!  I would love to hear back from some of you who are following. What are some awesome things happening in your prayer life?






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  1. Thank you for linking up with Susannah and I!!!

    Your words on prayer were timed perfectly! There were several other posts dedicated to prayer and together you all reminded me of God’s plan for it. 🙂 May we pursue God and take our call to pray very seriously!

  2. I could not agree more. I recall recently my daughter and I were walking in the mall. I told her we knew it was forecasted rain, but we both forgot our umbrella’s in the car. So I prayed by the time we walked at least one lap in the mall that it stopped raining so we could get our umbrella’s. Sure enough it stopped raining. We got our umbrella’s. After we got out umbrella’s and went back walking in the Mall the rain started back very heavy. My daughter was amazed. I told her, “Ask God and you shall receive.”



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