October 18, 2016

Clinging to What???

Our lives have been a little shaken-up lately. I am learning though, through those "when it rains it pours seasons", to just hold on to the truth that God is bigger than all my problems- can I get an "AMEN"?! One of our recent trials included our son breaking his arm and then after casting, falling and further injuring it, resulting in a surgery this week to correct it. Although 3/4 of our kids were born early and had adventurous starts in life, this was the first surgery or major injury we have encountered. Twelve years essentially trauma free is a pretty good run, don't you think? Even though the events happened fairly quickly, there was plenty of time for this mama to stew and worry. As a healthcare provider myself, I knew exactly what to expect, but did that stop my mama-brain from going over all the "what-ifs"? Of course not! I instantly became an irrational worrier. I found myself clinging to the only thing I knew to be true...God's word. As I have aged and became more of a "wise" parent (read: old lady), I am learning so much about the importance of seeking truth in His word. I mentioned in my last post about a sweet lady in my bible study who gave us each a copy of Parent-Prayers and let me just tell you...the timing could not have been anymore perfect! Not only was I able to find some peace for myself, but my son was feeling very anxious as well, so we read a few scriptures together and prayed about it the night before. I am so proud of him, he was so brave!
These prayers are so quick, but so relevant. You can keep the "children" in the prayer or insert your child's name, either way, there is sure to be more than a handful of them you can use each day.
Here they are:
Parent-Prayers Armed with Scripture
Father, foster saving faith in each of my children and cause them to confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe with their hearts that you raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9) Cause them to know they are saved by grace and not by their own works. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Lord, contend with the enemy who contends with us and save my children. (Isaiah 49:25b)
Lord, I pray that all of my children shall be taught by You and great shall be the peace of my children. (Isaiah 54:13)
Father, just as You have loved Your own Son, You love my children. Please cause them to abide in Your love. (John 15:9)
Lord, ignite my children to love you with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Grant them hearts to love others as much as they love themselves. (Mark 12:30-31)
Cause this truth to take up active residence in their bones, Lord: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
Lord, You are for my children and not against them. (Romans 8:31) Make them more than conquerors through you who love them. (Romans 8:37)
Lord, make my children strong and courageous. Cause them not to be driven by fear or dismay. Be outrageously obvious in Your presence with them wherever they go. (Joshua 1:9)
Lord, hem my children in. You are behind them and You are in front of them. Hold them tightly in your hand. (Psalm 139:5)
Lord, my children cannot exceed the bounds of where Your Spirit is willing to go. They cannot flee from your presence. Whether they ascend to the heights or sink to the depths, they are in your hands. Be the light in their darkness. (Psalm 139:7-11)
When my children walk in the midst of trouble, Lord, preserve their lives. Stretch out Your hand against the wrath of their enemies, and deliver them with Your right hand. (Psalm 138:7)
Lord, You will fulfill Your purpose for my children. Your steadfast love endures forever. You will not forsake the work of Your hands. (Psalm 138:8)
Lord, let it be said that my children are blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as You chose them in You before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and blameless before you…In you they have redemption through Christ’s blood, the forgiveness of their trespasses, according to the riches of Your grace. (Ephesians 1:3-4, 7)
Lord, stir up kindness and tenderheartedness in my children. Cause them to be forgiving people as they have been forgiven. (Ephesians 4:32)
Lord, let no one deceive my children in any way. (2 Thessalonians 2:3a)
Lord, when my children are held captive, cause them to come to their senses and escape the devil’s trap where they have been captured to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:26)
Lord, according to the example of Christ, increase my children in wisdom and raise them up in favor with You and with man. (Luke 2:52)
You, O Lord, are a shield around my children. You are their glory and the lifter of their heads. (Psalm 3:3)
When my children are afraid, help them to put their trust in You. (Psalm 56:3)
Keep the steps of my children steady according to Your promise, Lord. Let no sin get dominion over them. (Psalm 119:133)
Father, be glorified in my children by causing their lives to bear much fruit and by proving them to be Christ’s disciples. (John 15:8)
Cause my children to know the truth and the truth will set them free. (John 8:32)
God, you are able to make all grace abound to my children, so that in all things at all times and in all ways, they may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Lord, make my children generous people who find tremendous happiness in giving. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Grant my children supernatural love for the Scripture and make them men and women of God who are competent and equipped for every good work. (2Timothy 3:16-17)
God, help my children to see honor and dignity in their sexuality. (1 Thessalonians 4:4)
Empower them to resist sexual immorality. (1 Corinthians 6:18)
Cause the love of my children to abound more and more with knowledge and insight so that they can approve what is best. (Philippians 1:9-10)
Cause my children to be strong in You, Lord, and in the strength of Your might. (Ephesians 6:10)
Lord, Jesus came that my children may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Father, empower my children to forget the past and press forward to what lies ahead of them in Christ. (Philippians 3:13)
Father, help my children to do all things without grumbling or questioning, that they may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation among whom they will shine as lights in the world. Cause them to hold fast to the word of life. (Philippians 2:14-16)
Lord, bring my children out into a broad place. Rescue them because you delight in them. (Psalm 18:19)
Father, in Jesus’ name, I pray fervently that no weapon forged against my children will ever succeed in doing them harm. (Isaiah 54:17)
Lord, I pray that my children will stop doubting Christ and believe. (John 20:27) Help their unbelief. (Mark 9:24)
God, equip my children with divine power to destroy strongholds and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)
Lord, activate the mind of Christ in my children. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
Lord, when my children are weak, cause the power of Christ to rest upon them. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Lord, deliver my children from jealousy and selfishness. (James 3:13-16)
Father, make my children worthy of your calling and fulfill their every resolve for good and every work of faith by Your power so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in them. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
Lord, foster trust in my children toward You and move them by Your Spirit to pour out their hearts to You because You are a refuge for them. (Psalm 62:8)
Lord, cause my children and me to believe with all our hearts that, when we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all our unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Grant my children the privilege to know You as the Lord, the compassionate and gracious One who is slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness. (Exodus 34:6)
God, guard my children against being weak-willed and susceptible to emotional predators. (2 Timothy 3:5-6)
Father, deliver my children from strife and pride and make them wise to take advice. (Proverbs 13:10)
Help my children not have lips of fools. (Proverbs 18:6)
Lord, cause my children to be skilled in their work. (Proverbs 22:29)
God, give my children learning and skill in literature and wisdom. (Daniel 1:17)
Lord, whether my children turn to the right or to the left, grant them ears to hear a voice behind them saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
Lord, even if my children wander far away and squander what You’ve entrusted to them,  draw them home, act on Your great compassion, run to them, embrace and kiss them, and welcome them home. (Luke 15:13, 20)
Deliver my children from anxiety, Lord, and teach them how to pray. (Philippians 4:6)
Fill my children with the knowledge of Your will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that they may walk in a manner worthy of You, Lord, fully pleasing to You, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)
Make my children thankful people. (Colossians 3:15b)
Help my children not grow weary in a good work. Stir up trust within them to know, that, in due season, they will reap if they do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Develop such delight in my children toward You that You can lavishly give them desires of their hearts.  (Psalm 37:4)
Heal my child’s broken heart, Lord, and bind up her/his wounds. (Psalm 147:3)
Cause my children to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)

Raise my children up mighty in faith, fully convinced that You are well able to do what You have promised. (Romans 4:20-21)


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