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Prayer For Our Children – March 2020
Last month we discussed teaching our children about the sovereignty of God and the peace that comes from knowing that God is in control. As we encourage our children to read the Bible they will find stories of men and women who seek God. An example of trying is Peter as he learned firsthand the importance of focusing on Jesus literally but for us it is also appropriately figuratively. Peter is walking toward Jesus on the water but letting the wind distract him he takes his eyes off Jesus and begins to sink. He lost focus! We teach our children to focus on school, athletics, music, etc. but do we teach them to focus on God? When our focus is on Him our problems become smaller as He becomes bigger. We don’t hear the wind as much and we walk in faith more and rest in assurance He is there to save us. Encouraging our children to read the Bible and pray daily help them to see who God is and how amazing He is. They will learn to keep their eyes on Him and not the pull of the world.
Matthew 14:27-3127But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gift of our children, a wonderful gift you have given us! Help them to read the Bible and pray to You daily so that they will focus more on You and less on the distractions of the world. We thank you for Your plans for our children and ask Your blessing on them for a bright future. Thy will be done in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Praying For Our Adult Children – March 2020
Praying for Our Adult children is in the Bible we see God’s sovereignty depicted through His words and actions demonstrating His love for us. This faith in God sustains us through trials and adversity just as depicted in the poem “Footprints”. God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Joseph and his trials is an example as he reminded his brothers that the evil they intended for him was turned into good by God. As we encourage our children to depend on God’s direction and wisdom, they can become less anxious and more secure in knowing that God is in control of their lives. Through prayer and reading the scripture our children will learn to trust in God’s sovereignty. They will understand that just as the tree that Zacchaeus climbed was planted many years in advance so that he could seek Jesus on that fateful day, our sovereign God is in control and will guide them as they rely on Him in the days ahead.
Prayer For Our Children – February 2020
As I watched the birds feeding during the recent snowstorm I paused to reflect on the sovereignty
of God. I am sure that these birds did not spend time worrying about where they would find food
during the storm and Jesus expressed this same thought to his disciples that birds do not store
food. He was reminding them that they should put their trust in God since He takes care of the
birds so would He not take care of them. Jesus wanted them to overcome worry by seeking the
Kingdom of God and doing God’s will. We must teach our children that God is sovereign and that
when they put Him first in their lives they should not worry about the future because He will
fulfill what is best for them. In setting the example to trust and obey, we can provide our children
with a strong foundation to build their faith upon.
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the
Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your
mind and with all your strength.’
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the gift of our children, a wonderful gift you have given us! Help them to seek
your Kingdom and follow your will. We pray that they will put you first in their lives. We thank
you for Your plans for our children and ask Your blessing on them for a bright future. Thy will be
done in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Praying for Our Adult Children – February 2020
Worry is a skill that unfortunately seems to be honed as our children age as adults. It seems as
adulthood exerts a greater influence on our children they lose sight of the foundation that was laid
for them. The world causes them to doubt and fear if they have enough or are they good enough.
These worries of the world and desires for other things can choke the word in their lives and
prevent them from bearing lasting fruit. When our children turn from the lures of the world to
God, they rediscover the power that enables them to live in God’s will, overcome worry, and bear
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a
tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the gift of our adult children; a gift that we have been blessed to receive. Help
them to rediscover Your sovereignty and will so that they live a life that will bear fruit and
overcome worry. Most of all we want them to experience more of You each day to become more
Christ-like. Thy will be done in Jesus’ Name, Amen.