“May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Let’s pray that we will open our hearts to Father and allow Him to penetrate our hearts with his love and hope.
It is kind of surprising how many Christians feel hopeless or at least act hopeless. Our Father is the God of the universe, the creator of us, the Lord of heaven and earth! We are guaranteed eternity with him. We, of all people, should be full of hope! Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” How amazing is that?! Father has promised to always be with us! Let’s pray for our children to be filled with this truth, and to live in His hope. Let’s pray for us, as their parents, to live in this promise and be filled with hope that they see the example in our lives as well.
Whether we like it or not, our kids look up to us and use us a measure of good and bad behavior. I want to start by believing both Romans 15:13 and Joshua 1:9 and allowing these truths to fill my heart and be an example to my children. Then, let’s come together and pray for our children to believe in the truth of Scripture, that they may see the hope they have in Father also. If they believe this awesome truth then hope will fill them, overflow from them, and influence those around them.
The power of influence is an incredible thing. One person may not be able to change everyone, but they can certainly change a lot. It’s easy to get discouraged and to feel hopeless, we live in a world full of disappointments. But our God is constant, never changing and always there. My prayer is the Christians around the world will remember this truth and Romans 15:13 will be a prophesy fulfilled.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald
Posted in 31Ways to Pray
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Target: Future Hope
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
Founding Father Quote: “The Lord will not cast off His people; neither will He forsake His inheritance. Great events are most certainly in the womb of futurity.” -Abigail Adams
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your Word says that Your desire for us is peace and not evil, to give us a future and a hope. Without You we have no hope. But through the blood of Jesus Christ we have been redeemed and are a people with a rich inheritance, if we will only acknowledge the One true God. America has all but kicked You out. We ask You to forgive us for that, and to restore us once again to a nation that honors You. Your Word says, “Hope thou in God.” We place our lives, our country, our children, all that we are in Your capable hands, acknowledging that we are a weak people. In You, our weaknesses, You are made strong. We ask that You outstretch Your mighty arm and cover us with Your righteousness. May the bright hope for tomorrow grant us peace for today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Good Monday Friends~
I hope your weekend was what you needed. Happy Presidents Day! What a great country we live in. Please continue to pray for all that happens in our nation as we continue to shine brightly in our generation.
We have turned a corner in our OT literature and are now at the threshold of the major and minor oracles used by Father to ongoingly proclaim His words. Isaiah is so well placed, because there is so much material that goes both the direction of judgment and hope. Some of the other prophets can lean the judgment way a bit too much leaving little room for our contemporary readers to be encouraged. Isaiah is so chock full of encouraging scripture. As I read today, so many of them really spoke to me. Continue reading
I just finished this book. “Heaven is for Real” A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo (2010). At four years old, Colton Burpo experienced a ruptured appendix. After an emergency appendectomy, he lived to return to the normal life of any growing child. What followed was not expected, cannot be imagined, or dreamed.