“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
“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.
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“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.
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Tagged do not be discouraged, Father, Holy Spirit, hope, hopeless, Jesus, Joshua 1:9, parents, pray, prayer, Rachel Theobald, Romans 15:13
I was checking out some fellow friends blogs and came across a good entry. I enjoyed it so much and found it valuable to all of you, so here it is:
My friend Zac Hicks saw this list and made reference to his source. The original post has details to each line item. See if practicing this has any benefits in your relationships with your children. Continue reading