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Prayer for our Kids Day 13 – Purity

purity“Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let their purity of heart be
shown in their actions” (Psalm 51:10).

Purity is such an important issue as our kids grow. As a nation we are bombarded with images and ideas that encourage us to ignore pure
thoughts and give in to sin. Living a pure life will mean less heart ache, better and truer relationships and friendships. It will allow them to be closer to Father with less “gunk” filling their hearts.

A pure mind and heart will be shown through their actions. Ezekiel
17:8 is says, “It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so
that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid
vine.” If their hearts are getting filled with spiritual truths and
they are guarding their hearts and minds they will bear good fruit.
Let’s work on being more mindful in what we watch, say, wear, and
listen to in front of our kids to make sure that we are leading them
as a strong, pure example.

I love how each day, the previous days topic is needed to support the
current day’s topic. Our kids need courage in order to love out a life
of purity. They need courage to stand up to their peers. We really are
building a great foundation for our kids this month. Each spiritual
truth prayed over them stacks on top of the last and is building in
them in strength to live out each of these principles.

Guest post- Rachel Theobald

Prayer for our Kids Day 12 – Courage

courage

“May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

There are so many Bible stories that come to mind when I hear the word “courage.” The life of David stands out in particular. As a young boy he fought off wild animals to protect his sheep, he fought in wars, fled for his life from Saul, and one of my favorites is when he fought Goliath.

He was not old or big enough at the time to be fighting with his brothers in the war, yet he single handedly killed a giant. The odds were against him on so many levels. Yet, he knew that Father was there with him, and would help him win. That was just one battle out of so many where David chose to allow Father to work through him to accomplish so much.

An old saying goes– “Real men love Jesus.” Let’s be real men/women and love Father so much and open our hearts up to His work in our lives. Let’s pray for courage that can only come from Him, courage for our kids to stand up among their peers, to be bold, and speak truth and life into dark places.

My prayer is for Castle Rock to be changed because the youth of our town are standing up for truth. That we can, with courage, take the truth of Father’s love to every person we meet, whether that be here locally or nationwide. That we will make disciples everywhere we go. We all believe, now let’s be an example ourselves and pray for our kids to be even stronger than we are and change this world for Jesus.

Guest post- Rachel Theobald

B90X- Enjoy Father’s Story

silver amulet of priestly blessingNumbers may as well have been entitled “Rebellion and Grumblings.”

Over and over again, the contrast between Father’s faithfulness and Israel’s faithlessness erupt.

Think of all the stories where the people’s rebellion brought difficulty and  discipline to the newly emancipated slaves:
*Mariam and Aaron’s defiance of Moses leadership.  Mariam’s ensuing leprosy.
*Fussing about Moses and Aaron being in charge and the staff that budded.
*Mannah provided every morning. Because of complaining.
*Quail coming out their noses. See above reason.
*Unbelieving spies not trusting God and 40 years of needless wandering.
*Not having water to drink and Moses struggle with people, caused Moses to sin against God.
*Korahs rebellion.
*Phinehas running a spear through a man and foreign woman for having sex in the camp.  Incidently, a plague did stop after that.
*Balaks hiring of Balaam to curse the Israelites and not able to.

Our friends test God at every level, even while God is providing for their needs.

How often is my ‘grumble-ometer’ totally pegged on overload and Father continues to show himself faithful?  Numbers 14:18-19 says, “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love, and forgiving sin.”

The words we use either bless folks or curse them.  We have learned that it is better to bless, to encourage, to pray for, to forgive, to love, to bring life, and to see success in our selves, relationships, families, and town.  The above picture shows some of our churches favorite scripture.  It is a small silver scroll found in 1979 in the desert of  Israel.  Marked as the most significant archaeological find ever, it dates back to the 7th century BCE.  The paleo-Hebrew scrawl says, “May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, May the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace”  Numbers 6:22-24 affectionately called the Priestly Blessing or Aaronic Blessing.

Praying for our children- Faithfulness

faithfulnessPrayer for our Kids day 11 – Faithfulness

“Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts” (Proverbs 3:3).

 

Can I just say how much I love this verse? I’m so thankful to be reading it and praying it over my kids all day today! Okay, now on to today’s topic, faithfulness…

Is it fair to assume we all want our children to grow up and be good students, to be in healthy relationships with their friends and spouses, hard workers, etc.?  One of the biggest keys to this success is their ability to practice faithfulness.

It’s amazing how many areas of our life we are required to practice faithfulness and from such a young age. As kids, we have to be faithful in doing our chores and faithful to our friends. Then as we grow and start school we have to be faithful in doing our homework. Eventually we all get jobs and are faithful to our boss and in fulfilling our job duties. We enter into relationships and have to be faithful to our boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife. The list goes on and on.

I think faithfulness is something that can be over-looked, but it is so important in so many avenues of our lives. And honestly, we should be praying for areas in our own lives, not just our children’s, to practice better faithfulness. I think we will be amazed at the changes we see taking place when we do.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

Praying for our Kids

Prayer for our Kids days 9 & 10 –respect

Respect (for self, others, and authority) -“Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands” (1 Peter 2:17a).

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Strong, Biblical Self-Esteem - “Help my children to develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are ‘[YOUR] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus’” (Ephesians 2:10).

Well, it’s happened.  Against my best intentions, I got a day behind. I thought about making two posts or just skipping yesterday, but then after seeing today’s topic decided to combine them.

Self-esteem is something I have always prayed my kids would have. So much good or bad can come out of having good or poor self-esteem. We all see the effects of both on a daily basis. However, I love the focus in Ephesians on our children gaining their self-esteem “in the realization that they are ‘GOD’S workmanship’”. I’ve always wanted my kids to be strong, but strong in their identity as Father’s… I couldn’t ask for more for them!

Respect – something we all want, but it can be hard to give when it doesn’t feel deserved. That’s not what we were called to do though. We weren’t called to give respect once the other person has earned it. 1 Peter says that we are to “show proper respect to EVERYONE”.

Can you imagine what people of integrity our children would be if they respected everyone while having their self-esteem rooted in Father? What a powerful witness. Let’s take this opportunity to bless our children, cover them in prayer and know that they are the start of a new generation. A generation of world-changers in the name of our Heavenly Father!

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald