4 Heartfelt Prayers for my Children’s Protection

Meg Buchermother embracing daughter in happy hug, prayers for children's protectionSunday, September 27, 2020

“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings…” Hebrews 10:22

Parenting often drives us to our knees in prayer. When it seems impossible to control another human being that’s because it is. Exhaustion over the things the world has already thrown at our children drives us to the end of ourselves. We, too, are only human, in constant need of our great God. He hears every prayer and knows every heart. Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do with our children and on their behalf. “Believers are granted confident, faith-assured access to the throne of God through Jesus-“ wrote Chad Ashby for desiringGod, “assured access to the throne of God through Jesus- which means we are able to come to God on behalf of others.

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A Prayer for My Children’s Safety

Father, 

This world is a terrifying place to raise a child. Help us to see the world through Your eyes and surrender our fears and anxieties to You daily. When we worry about our children’s safety at school, their friends’ houses, walking home, at their extracurricular activities, and once they’re out into the world to live their own adult lives … remind us of Your love for them and care for them. Please, Jesus, walk with them through every fire they face and protect them from harm and danger. Keep them physically safe, Lord. Protect them from the dangers of this world, from ill-intended people and those who wish to harm them or take advantage of them. Divinely intervene, Lord, when they are in harm’s way. 

Protect our children from the dangers they cannot see coming and those they willingly walk into. Bless the homes they visit and live in when they leave ours. Keep those structures sound and safe from fire, flood, wind, and intruders. As they sleep, in our home or if they are grown and on their own, keep any and all evil at bay. Guard their minds against nightmares and disturbing dreams. Give them a peaceful and restful sleep nightly. Though our human bodies need sleep and have limits, we know You are limitless. May Your army of angels guard our children while they are awake and while they sleep.

For our children’s safety, we pray.

In Jesus’ Name, 

Amen.

A Prayer for My Children’s Wellness

Father, 

We praise You for our health. For, if we have awakened to breathe today, You have a purpose for us. This is a day You have made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it. We give thanks to You! The Author of all life, our Healer, Abba Father. Thank You for the advances in modern medicine and holistic healthcare. Thank you for the entire community of caregivers that provide diagnosis, treatment, and healing for our ailments, both short and long term. Bless and equip the doctors who care for our children with wisdom to diagnose and treat symptoms.

We confess the worry we have over our children’s health. We are acutely aware of the fragility of life and the disease and sickness in the world. Only You know the number of our days Father and those of our children. But we ask you to protect their wellness. Bless our children and keep them healthy. Heal their bodies from the illness and ailment only You can see. Protect them from invisible viruses and strengthen their immune systems to ward off strains of the flu, colds, and allergies. When their bones break and muscles tear and strain, bless them with hasty healing, and patience during the process. 

Bless and guard the health of their minds, Father. Protect their mental health and give children who are old enough the courage to ask for help when they know something is not right. Give them the wisdom and perspective, sometimes beyond their years, to talk to us, a school nurse, or doctor about what doesn’t feel right. May we as parents have the wisdom, insight, observance, and knowledge to see signs our children might be suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses, and seek treatment for them at the first signs. Bless the counselors and mental health professionals that care for our children. Strengthen them, as they counsel and comfort us. Thank You for the gifts of first responders, counselors, and medical professionals, Lord. 

In Jesus’ Name, 

Amen.

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A Prayer for My Children’s Spiritual Growth

Father, 

Author of all life, we know each human being has a purpose to serve for Your Kingdom. We are all created in Your image, and as Your children, we long for Your presence. As our children grow, we pray they find their way to Your feet, Father. Through Jesus, we pray they live life to the fullest, the way You intend for them to. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, who remains with us always, because of the sacrifice of Your Son, Christ Jesus. Thank You for the opportunity everyone has to come to You through Christ. We pray for our children to have their lives transformed by You; Jesus, help them accept You as Lord of their lives and follow You throughout their days all the way home to heaven

Bless our children with a sensitivity to Your Spirit, God, and hearts softened to hear You speak into their lives. Let them see Your evidence in creation and allow them to know that behind every sunrise and sunset their Author and Creator smiles back at them. May they know Your comfort; we are thankful that You are close to the brokenhearted, that you hear every prayer and know their hearts even better than they, for You knit them in the womb. Father, may our children know You, accept You, and follow You all the days of their lives. Bless their lives with good, godly friends, who follow Christ. May their significant others and spouses be kind and follow Jesus. Let their lives shine with Your radiant love, Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name, 

Amen.

Does the Bible Tell Us How to Protect Our Children?

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

This world forces us to be astute in the everyday measures we take to assure our children’s safety. But the world has proven to throw us many situations that remain out of our control no matter how prepared and devout we are: school shootings, kidnappings, illnesses that attack youth, and human trafficking. Children suffer at the hands of the world’s cruelty, every day. It’s our job as parents to make them aware of the things that could harm them. We wouldn’t let them touch a hot stove, walk into traffic, or jump off a table without at least hollering a warning. It’s our duty as parents to speak life into our children. Remember, God doesn’t need our help. He allows us to participate in the great joys of it.

The Bible instructs us to lead our children to the Father’s feet. He is their Defender and Protector, as He is, ours. We can do this by praying with our children, and by teaching them to pray. We can teach them who God is and how He loves them. They can learn to listen for His voice through His Word as we read Scripture with them. Paul wrote, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” (Colossians 3:20-21 ESV) When my children look at me with a quizzical brow when debating where my wisdom comes from, I remind them of what they see me doing each morning. “Reading your Bible,” they’ll say. All wisdom comes from God.

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How to Trust God with Your Children

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

We can lead our children to God’s feet, by teaching them how to pray and reading Scripture with them. But we must not try to control them; we need to trust God’s sovereignty over our lives and our children’s. Our duty as parents never ceases, it matures. “Parenting that is ‘of the Lord’ is dependent on grace,” wrote Elyse Fitzpatrick, “Because salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9 NKJV), we know that we are incapable of transforming our children’s hearts or making them believe.”

Our children are made in God’s image, just as we are. He has good plans for their lives, as He does for ours. “If our children are doing well spiritually, they are not out of the woods,” wrote Jon Bloom, “If they are not doing well, their story is not over.” Our mistakes will not necessarily become their mistakes, if we are humble enough to talk to them about them, age appropriately. They can learn from the answered prayers and stories of grace and healing in our lives. How we live our lives and love the people in them, creates an example for our children about the love of Christ. Despite all our examples, we must remember that only God can move another human heart. We can trust God and pray continually … about everything!

No parent is perfect, and our children must be taught to seek God on their own. “The relationship between parent and child is centered on their common devotion to the Lord,” the IVP New Testament Commentary explains. This is how we trust God with our children, by recognizing how infinitely He cares for us and provides wisdom daily and by slowly stepping back out of the intense and hands-on years of their lives and realizing He’s already doing that for them, too. As our children get older, our wisdom will always be needed, but we begin to journey together in a different way, able to talk about our faith together. No one walk with the Lord is the same. As a parent, we have to give our babies back to God every day, lest we take control over what we think their lives should look like, opposed to the unimaginably good plans God has for them.

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Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer, and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,”  is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.

9 Encouraging Reasons You Should Pray the Scriptures

Pamela Palmer | Authorpraying hands on open bibleMonday, September , 2020 

The Bible describes itself as a lamp for our feet and a light for our path ahead (see Psalm 119:105). That is powerful imagery used to describe how the Scriptures bring light to our dark circumstances, guide our steps, and show us the right way in which we should go to stay in sync with God’s good will.

When we read the Bible, we do not read it for entertainment or something to be taken lightly, but rather for instruction, wisdom, and truth because it is relevant to our lives. Here are nine reasons we should pray the Scriptures.

What Does It Mean to Pray the Scriptures?

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).

This verse in the book of Joshua gives instruction to pray God’s word and helps us understand what it means to pray the Scriptures. God’s word needs to be on our lips. It needs to be in our minds and hearts, and we should pray it and reflect on it daily. To pray the Scriptures means to add verses to our prayers, or to pray a passage or verse to the Lord. We find another example of praying the Scriptures when Jonah prayed to the Lord.

“He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore, in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness’” (Jonah 4:2).

When Jonah prayed, “You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger,” we find that same phrase in earlier instances of Scripture (see Exodus 34:6). Jonah likely knew that Scripture and used it in his prayer to God. This gives us a neat glimpse into what it means in practice to pray the Scriptures.

Why Is Prayer so Important?

Throughout Scripture, we learn of God’s people praying habitually and fervently. Jesus made prayer a spiritual habit. Hannah prayed and cried out to God when she desired to have a child. Moses prayed to God when he needed guidance and help. Paul prayed when he cast out demons. Esther prayed that God would save her people.

Prayer is a spiritual discipline that is vital to the vibrancy of our faith and the relationship we have with Jesus. Prayer is how we talk to God, hear from God, and make our praises and requests known to God. God is just a prayer away (see Deuteronomy 4:7), and it is clear and consistent throughout Scripture that believers should make prayer a high priority.

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9 Reasons We Should Pray the Scriptures

1. Scripture is full of promises from God to believers.

Promises about who God is, what is to come, and the promised blessings of living for him rather than indulging the flesh are seen throughout Scripture. We should pray for these promises to manifest in our lives, declare them in prayer, and ask for them to come to fruition.

2. Scripture is God-inspired.

(See 2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is inspired by God and therefore full of truth and wisdom that we can meditate on and pray over our hearts and circumstances. It is trustworthy and can lead us in the right way as we seek God’s will and his help through prayer.

3. Scripture teaches us how to pray.

We find many examples of how to pray to God. Jesus taught his followers how to pray, the Psalms are full of prayers, and we find other noteworthy prayers throughout God’s word, such as King Jehoshaphat’s prayer when he learned the enemy was marching toward him for battle. 

4. Scripture helps us understand our experiences.

We may not always know the reason we go through certain situations or face difficult trials, but when we look to Scripture, we gain insight into God’s loving presence with us in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, praying Scripture helps us navigate confusing, tragic, or disheartening situations. 

5. Scripture is truth.

(See John 17:17). Praying Scriptures will help us pray truth over our problems and will provide us ample trustworthy proclamations about God to adore and worship in our prayers. 

6. Scripture gives us the words when we do not have them.

We may not know what to pray when we are suffering, or unsure, or feeling overwhelmed. Biblical accounts around these and many other conditions provide us the words to pray when we would not otherwise know how or what to pray and ask of God.

7. Scripture is powerful.

(See Hebrews 4:12). The Bible declares itself to be sharper than a double-edged sword, which judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. The often bold and faithful words within Scripture are exactly the powerful words that our prayers need to be filled with to align with God’s holy and righteous ways.

8. Scripture helps us pray for God’s will.

When we are not sure which choice to make, or which path to follow, praying Scripture will help us align with God’s good and perfect plans. When we are uncertain, we can look to Scripture to discern and pray what God’s will is while learning to hear his will clearly.

9. Scripture ministers to us.

When we pray Scripture, we allow God’s comfort, truth, and love to penetrate our hearts. When we reflect on Scripture and let it become the very words we think, pray, and believe, truly, we allow the Bible to minister to us and give us relief and help in whatever we face each day.

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Where Should I Start?

Just like Daniel and Jesus, make a commitment to pray every day. Prayer can and should become part of our routines and rhythms throughout the day. Work prayer into your habits and keep it at the top of your priorities.

As you desire to pray Scripture, the Psalms are a wonderful place to start. Pray one Psalm each day when you spend time with God. Let the words of the Psalm become your own words and prayer of your heart. Say the Psalm to Jesus as if you were sitting right there with him, talking to him and praying to him.

The Psalms give us the words to pray when we are anxious, fearful, overjoyed, worshipping God for who he is, praising him for what he’s done, or needing wisdom because of their relevance to the different situations we face in life. Once you find familiarly and comfort in praying through the Psalms, you will begin finding other passages and verses in books of the Bible that you can pray because they align with what is on your heart or what you are going through.

A Crucial Spiritual Discipline

The significance of prayer cannot be conveyed often enough. All throughout the Bible, we read of God’s people praying and making prayer a daily spiritual habit. The cruciality of this type of spiritual discipline applies to believers today, as well. Jesus left us a beautiful example of the importance of prayer when we read of the many times he would separate himself from others to spend time with the Father in prayer.

Praying the Scriptures will help you learn God’s word better and apply it to your life. When you do this consistently, praying Scripture will impact your relationship with God positively and deepen your faith. https://www.youtube.com/embed/yS-pxP4kiMA

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Pamela Palmer is a writer, chaplain, and the founder of upheldlife.com, the platform on which she produces weekly devotionals and faith resource articles to inspire keeping faith at the center of it all. She lives and thrives on Jesus, coffee, and music. She is in pastoral ministry and gets to share in the emotional and spiritual lives of many people, being a small piece of each journey. Pamela married the perfect man for her and they have two beautiful kiddos. She has been published on herviewfromhome.com and you can follow her at upheldlife.com, or on Facebook.com/upheldlife.

Treasures of the Word – September 28

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September 28

WRITING:

“All things were given to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him ” (Matthew 11:27).

BIBLICAL TREASURE:

When God condescended to make himself known to us, the Bible calls this act “revelation.” The Infinite revealing itself to the finite. Now who is the agent of this revelation? The Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and seeks the deep things of God. You and I cannot know God, apart from what the Holy Spirit reveals to us about Him.

In Isaiah 55: 9 we read: ” As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Even on the human level, the only way to know each other is when we personally “reveal” each other. And the only way for man to know God is for God to reveal himself to him. Praise God that he chose to do that!

ACTION POINT:

How well do you know God? How well do you want to  know him? One way to find out is by adding the time periods you spend getting to know it. How does that compare to the amount of time you can spend trying to get to know your boyfriend or girlfriend, or on hobbies, or learning how to play a game? Friend (a), where is your passion?


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