“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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“Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, as they are working for the Lord, not for men’” (Colossians 3:23).
We all want our kids to work hard. We all want them to do a thorough job on their chores and not just shove the contents of their room into their closets, but to actually put them away. What about their attitude along with their work ethic though?
Anyone can work hard; the attitude that accompanies hard work is what sets them apart in the job they’ve performed. Praying for our kids to have willingness along with the ability to work hard is so important. Every kid can clean their room and do a good job at it, but it’s the attitude that goes along with their work that makes a difference.
This thought leads me to believe that the prayer for a servant’s heart goes hand in hand with today’s willingness and ability to work hard. A child with a servant’s heart who is willing and able to work is going to be noticed in their work. Those attributes together stand out.
As I write these thoughts out, I like to think about people that are an example of these attributes and it’s quite powerful. Each day I am blown away but what this all looks like as it is lived out. Let’s pray for our babies and pray hard. Father made them wonderfully and they need to be blessed by prayer in their lives.
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
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Tagged 31 Days of Prayer for our Children, 31 Ways to Pray for your Kids, Colossians 3:23, CRBC, diligence, Father, good attitude, Jesus, prayer, Rachel Theobald, work hard, working hard
“I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them” (Luke 17:5-6; Hebrews 11:1-40).
I feel kind of lost for words right now after reading Hebrews 11. There are so many amazing stories covered in one chapter. Of all the verses, thirty-nine really stands out, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” There are so many individuals listed in this chapter, it’s crazy to think that none of them saw Father’s whole plan come to pass. Yet, they had faith that His promises to them would be fulfilled.
It’s interesting to look through each person mentioned in Hebrews 11 and think about how different things would be if they had not had faith in Father’s plan. It makes me realize the importance of having faith myself.
God has amazing things in store, not only for our lives, but in the lives of those around us. It’s easy to get discouraged when we do not see the results, but so much more important to have faith that Father is working in amazing ways.
I believe we are raising a generation of world changers, our kids have to be led by example though. They are blessed by Father and destined to do great things. My prayer is for me to have faith first and then for my children to see that and learn from it.
In googling a list of who was young in the Bible, this article popped up. At first glance, when reading the preamble, the thought occurred to me, “Wow, Ms. Beard has really nailed the condition of our contemporary culture.” Then when reading further into the article, it occurred to me that the language and vocabulary did not fit our culture.
In perusing the site just a bit further, it was discovered that the article was written in January 1917! Maybe things do not change as much as we think they do.
The article is just at 96 years old. Frederica Beard postulates that one of reasons young people do not read is because they see the Bible as mere precepts and not as story. In reading through the Bible in 90 Days, gobbling up so much material at a time, the idea that the Bible is story sure resonates.
* The Bible was not intended to be a sound bite.
* The Bible is not a selection of verses used out of context in a verbal battle.
*The Bible is not a sleep aid.
*The Bible is not a list of moral code.
The Bible is varied literary genre about Father’s interaction with humans. That interaction belongs in story. It belongs in humanizing the Bible. It is a real book– about real people– dealing with real life issues, problems, and challenges.
If you have the time to read the article, it is worth both the time and the fun. You will engage a writer from a divergent east coast perspective, yet more familiar than might be presumed.
Many of my articles come from the perspective of pastors. That will not change in the future. I am an advocate of pastors and I desire God’s best for them. I have no plans to change my advocacy role.
As a change of pace, however, I recently asked a few hundred laypersons to write down what they desired of a pastor. Their responses were open-ended, and there was no limitation on the number of items they could list. Though my approach was not scientific, these laypersons did represent over sixty churches.
Here are their top ten responses in order of frequency. Since many of them gave one or more sentences as a response, I can provide a representative comment by each of the responses.
The list of ten items is found here.
I’d love to hear if this resonates or if there are other thoughts.