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Prayer for our Kids Day 21 – Responsibility

“Grant that my children may learn responsibility, ‘for each one should carry his own load’” (Galatians 6:5).

responsibilityResponsibility is so important for our kids to learn, especially in this day and age where our society tends to place blame on anyone and everyone except for themselves. I read once in a parenting book about how they stressed to their kids that if you do not pick up after yourself that you are leaving your mess as a burden to someone else. They elaborated much more on it than this, but it stuck with me. It’s easy as parents to want to do things for our kids, we can do it better or faster and then we don’t have to listen to them whine about it. And although we, as their parents, might be okay with these behaviors, it’s important to remember that we were establishing their foundation that they will carry into the rest of their lives. We are then teaching them that it is okay to burden their teacher, friend, or eventually spouse with their irresponsibility.

Personally, I want to remind myself that, even if it’s harder on me and harder in that moment, that it’s more important for them to learn responsibility now and be able to bless others rather than burden them.

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Prayer for our Kids day 20 – Compassion

compassion“Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion” (Colossians 3:12).

There are some words that evoke strong emotions within us and for some reason the word compassion brings forth feelings of comfort and warmth within me.

The dictionary describes compassion as, “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” Compassion is a strong word; you can not feel compassion lightly for someone. The definition really drives that idea home by explaining that the feelings of sympathy are accompanied by a desire to “alleviate the suffering.” Personally, the whole definition is filled with powerful words: deep sympathy, misfortune, alleviate, and suffering.

Compassion is shown in the parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15). The father in the story was filled with “love and compassion” for his son upon his return home. The son’s actions did not matter anymore; he had forgiven him and was just happy he had returned. Just as the father in this story was filled with love and compassion towards his son, our heavenly father has both love and compassion for us.

There are two verses from Micah that speak of Father’s amazing display of compassion towards his people:

“Where is another God like you,
who pardons the guilt of the remnant,
overlooking the sins of his special people?
You will not stay angry with your people forever,
because you delight in showing unfailing love.
 Once again you will have compassion on us.
You will trample our sins under your feet
and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” (Micah 7:18-19)

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Prayer for our Kids day 19 – Humility

“God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all” (Titus 3:2).

“Show true humility toward all.” Think about that for a minute. What does that look like, true humility to everyone? We live in a very proud nation. We’re proud to be Americans, proud to live in such a beautiful state as Colorado, proud of our families, our pets, jobs, kids, sports teams just to name a few. But, are we living how we were called?

humilityHere are a few more things to think about from the Bible on humility:

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor” (Proverbs 29:23).

“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:12-14).

Pride leads to humiliation and disgrace. Humility brings honor, wisdom and good works.

I’ve always said that it’s important to take pride in your hard work for example, but I can’t find that anywhere in the Bible. Instead we are told to “work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). I think I’m going to have to re-evaluate my entire life view after writing this.

What does it really look like to live in humility?

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Prayer for our Kids Day 18 – Perseverance

“Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them persevereespecially to run their race with perseverance” (Hebrews 12:1).

I remember as a kid, my mom would talk to me about the importance of persevering through life’s challenges. At the time I had no idea the lessons she was trying to teach me.  It is always so much easier to just give up or quit when the going gets tough, but it’s a lot harder to grow when you don’t fight through those times.

It’s hard to see our kids struggle. It hurts to see them hurting. Ultimately we want them to grow though. Encouraging or sometimes even making them stick through a situation is what is needed for them to grow and be a stronger person. I don’t know of any parent who would say they don’t want their kids to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritual each and every day.

Learning how to persevere through tough situations at a young age is hugely beneficial. So many circumstances in life require us to stay strong and keep working at it. Imagine not having to focus on learning the skill of perseverance. Instead we learn to work on staying positive and maybe even enjoying those hard times. Let’s pray and allow Father to work in our kids and ourselves while we all fight the good fight together.

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Prayer for our Kids Day 17 – JOY

joy

“May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6).

After having my daughter, I went through a short phase of very mild post-partum depression. It was a time of many transitions and I was learning to adjust to many new things. In that time I remember not feeling happy. Once I was able to realize that it was actually depression, I was able to start making the necessary changes to get in a better place. However, I remember reading something about how we all want to have joy but tend to expect it just happen– that one day we will wake up and have joy from there on out. It does not work that way though. Joy is something learned. I had never thought of it like that before so I started praying. I prayed that I would not just “feel happy” like I wanted but that I would experience joy every day. It has been a journey ever since then but Father has been answering my prayer.

Just like Father heard me that day and since then, he hears us now. When we pray over our kids, he hears us and will answer us. Mark 11:24 says, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe you have received it, it will be yours.” I want my kids to be filled with joy and not happiness; therefore I am going to pray for them to have joy because I know my prayers will be heard. John 11:41a says, “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me.” What a beautiful confirmation from Jesus that our Father hears us. Since Father always hear us, then lets pray this verse from 1 Thessalonians with a steadfast heart and trust in our Father to work in our children.

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