“Help my children to live lives that overflow with thankfulness, giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Colossians 2:7; Ephesians 5:20).
The thing that continues to stand out to me as I read over those verses is the importance of giving thanks in ALL circumstances and most importantly being thankful to Father. Always being thankful is a pretty hard thing to do. At times I’ve caught myself thinking I was doing a pretty good job at it, but then when I sit back to really look at my life I usually see that I, I fact, am most grateful when things in life are good. Even if I am generally thankful in harder times, that thanksgiving is usually followed by requests. Is that true gratitude if I’m not content in the situation, but asking for Father to help change the circumstances? I don’t think it is. My prayer today is that we will be prayerful about a true heart change, that will allow Father to work in us and that we will truly be thankful in whatever situation we face.
Father does ask anything of us that he hasn’t gone before us and done first. I feel like we should have the same expectations for our kids. We can’t expect them to be thankful if we are not being an example of it first. While we’re praying for our kids let’s be more prayerfully conscience of our actions as we live out a Godly example for them.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald
“Father, I pray that my children may develop self-discipline, that they may live a disciplined life, doing what is right and just and fair’” (Proverbs 1:3; 1 Corinthians 9:27).
Self-discipline is a funny thing. It can be really easy or really hard. If it’s something personal that we are working towards and something that we really want, practicing self-discipline is usually fairly easy. On the contrary, being self-disciplined in an area that isn’t as important to us can be so difficult. For example, I’m training for a half marathon. I have to run on a regular basis and over the past 3 months I’ve done a fairly good job of getting out and reaching my goals. However, I don’t generally like to cook; I know it means a lot to my family for me to make dinner every day, but I could eat quesadillas or spaghetti every night. Because making dinner isn’t something that I care as much about, I’ve been pretty inconsistent with actually cooking over the past 3 months.
My prayer is that my kids would be self-disciplined in all areas of their life and that even if they’re practicing discipline for the benefit of others they will be consistent. Also, that while they are being self-disciplined they will have a servants heart and work as if for Father and with an attitude of thanksgiving and joy.
I can’t think of much that is more convicting than realizing how I want my kids to grow up and then reflecting on whether I am setting that example for them. Is my life a reflection of the behavior I am expecting out of them?
I’m going to end today with 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 in The Message, “I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
“Lord, please instill in my children a soul that follows hard after You; a heart that clings passionately to You” (Psalms 63:8).
I almost feel like we should have prayed this first and then continued to pray it along with each other day’s topic. To have a heart that clings passionately to Father, in my opinion, is the root of all Godly behavior. Is there anything more important than having passion for Father? Everything else in our lives will fall into place when we have passion for Him first. We will genuinely seek His will and search His Word, we will have a desire to act lovingly towards all, and have a heart for His kingdom. If we are passionate about our creator everything else follows naturally.
I want to continue to pray each of these attributes over my kids for the rest of their lives and eventually my grand children’s lives, but praying for a passion for Father will be something I try to pray every day from this day forward. I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than seeing their passion for Father affect every aspect of their life in ways that only Father can.
May our children’s passion for Him not be wavering, but may it be consistent and may they cling to Him and all His truth, love, grace, and mercy.
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
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