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Prayer for our Kids Day 28 – Self-Discipline

self discipline“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.”

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Prayer for our Kids Day 27 – Passion for God

“Lord, please instill in my children a soul that follows hard after You; a heart that clings passionately to You” (Psalms 63:8).

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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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Prayer for our Kids Day 26 – Willingness and Ability to Work Hard

“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 jobWillingness 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.

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Prayer for our Kids Day 25 – Hope

“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).

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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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Prayer for our Kids Day 21 – Contentment

“Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, ‘through Him who gives them strength’” (Philippians 4:12-13).

contentmentContentment is definitely not something that our country is generally familiar with. On the contrary, we are surrounded by advertisements trying to get us to buy a newer version of what we already have. Being content with our life or belongings is not popular to say the least.

This verse from Philippians adds so much power to this prayer because being content is hard to do, but being thankful and appreciate for what Father has blessed us with is possible through His strength.

I want my kids to always desire to push themselves to be better, but I want them to be thankful for all that they have. We are a tremendously blessed nation and I want them to see that.

A popular saying right now is, “first world problems”, meaning we complain about things that people in third world countries don’t even know exist. Let’s be thankful for all the wonderful things Father has blessed us with and prayerfully encourage our kids to do the same.

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