“Smokey” John Reaves ran profitable night clubs and a successful BBQ joint that opened its doors in 1976 in Dallas.
Smokey had an older man invest time in him as a mentor for a number of years and it reaped great benefits. His advice for dads is to challenge us on how to pray for our family.
Don’t pray that God will deliver them from their circumstances or make their life better. Instead, thank God, praise Him for their circumstances, that He has allowed them to be in their situation, so that they will have a profound testimony of God’s grace that carried them through whatever they were/are facing.
Not a praying type? That’s O.K. God hears our groans and murmurs and even if you’re angry, let God know that. Sometimes getting angry can be a good form of prayer.
At one point in his life, Smokey John felt called to shut down his profitable night clubs and trust in the Lord to provide. Since then, God has not only blessed John financially, but has opened doors for him to point many men to the Lord. His testimony of God’s grace is amazing.
Trust the Lord
So, what is your family experiencing right now? Do you trust the Lord enough to, by faith, praise Him in all circumstances? Seriously! Smokey will tell you that it will change your perspective on prayer and His sufficiency when you see Him doing what only He can do. It is a ‘trust factor’! But you cannot do this alone. You need mentors in your life. Your family needs you to mentor them as you are being mentored.