A Prayer for my Children to Be Upheld by Your Word
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:9-11
Lord, my greatest desire for my children is they would seek after you with all their heart, mind and strength. Would you give them a desire to spend time in your word, and to live in obedience as the overflow of their love for you? I know if left alone we will only do what is right in our own eyes. The self says to do what makes us happy without regard to others, or to your law. But, Lord, would you hide your word in their hearts? May that the still small voice of the Spirit be the louder voice in their heads that leads them to make good decisions.
A Prayer for my Family to Focus on Heavenly Treasures
“I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!” Psalm 119:19
Lord God, I know this is not our home, but it is so hard to grasp that reality when all we see is here and now. It is easy then to live as if this is it, seeking after the treasures of this world. For my kids (and me), Lord, those treasures often come in the package of appearance and performance. They want to be noticed and accepted. More than that, they want to be exalted and glorified. We all do. We want be kings and queens of our mini-kingdoms. Would you help my children see that life is not found in the praise of man, or in this selfie world? Would you remind them of your truths about a hope and future - an inheritance - stored up in heaven waiting for them? Cause them to cast their eyes upon that reality so they would hold loosely to what is temporary and invest in what matters to you, Lord.
A Prayer for my Children to Listen and Believe Your Voice of Truth
“Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.” Psalm 119:24
You, Lord, are our Counselor, Comforter and Keeper. Right at our fingertips, we have access to you through your word. This is amazing and yet so often we turn to everything but you for wisdom and counsel. So, would you help my children think of you first, and go to you with all things? Would you bend their ears to your truth and renew their minds by it? Would you fill them with wisdom and truth, guide their decisions, and guard their minds from the enemy. Satan would love nothing more than for them to forget the gospel and fall prey to lies about who they are. But, O Lord, I pray your voice would always be louder and they would never forget that you call them Beloved.
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