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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

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“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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Prayer for our Kids Day 15 – Generosity

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“Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for eternity” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).

I’m a mom of two kids. One is three years old and the other is almost one. The paraphrase of the scripture above is real to me because sharing is an issue we deal with almost every moment of every day. However, it’s not only about sharing toys and taking turns, and 1 Timothy drives the true point home, it’s about establishing a firm foundation for eternity.

Being generous sounds easy enough, but what does it truly look like? What if we take a second and examine each area of our lives. Are we generous with our time, for example? Let’s break this down a little. Do we stop to listen to our kids when they have something to say or are we too busy? Do we take a day off of work to enjoy our kid’s company even though it isn’t convenient or conducive to our schedule? Or how are our kids expected to learn generosity if we don’t give money to those who need it, or take a meal to someone who’s recently had a baby?

Our God has an amazing way of giving us opportunities to make the right choice. I was in the middle of writing that last paragraph and down walks Makenzie, who I might add is supposed to be in bed. Dad put her to bed earlier, but she needed “mom in her room”. I caught myself telling her that I couldn’t come, and then remembered what I wrote just two sentences before. Today I am thankful for Father’s grace and forgiveness and the chances he gives me each and every day to make a better choice. He uses things in our day to day lives to encourage us and gives us chances to honor Him. I am thankful for that chance.

Our kids are our mission field. It is our job to disciple them and pray for Father to work in their lives so that they can know Him and spend eternity with Him. If God’s word directs us to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for a firm foundation for eternity, then we need to do it. Let’s be aware of all the moments he gives us to make the right choice, and today let’s choose to be generous.

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Prayer for our Kids Day 14 – Kindness

“Lord, may my children ‘always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else’” (Ephesians 4:32).

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“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” –Romans 2:4

God’s kindness is so powerful that it turns our hearts to repentance. How powerful is Father’s kindness to be able to do that? Now, think about how powerful kindness can be in your life. Kindness on our part as parents can also help lead our kids to right behavior. If we follow Father’s example and show kindness to our kids, they are then learning correct behavior, a spiritual truth about Father, and then their cups will be full and will overflow. They will then start to show kindness without even knowing it. How beautiful of a sight to see our kids when they are kind to their brothers and sisters, to see them caring about their friends at church or in their schools!

Also, good behavior is contagious. When someone shows you kindness does it not want you to be kind too? Can you imagine the impact and the testimony they are going to have to their non-believing friends when they are showing kindness like Father shows us? Kindness leads to repentance. Our kid’s kindness can lead others to repentance and that ultimately is why we are here – to make disciples and bring others to a personal relationship with Father.

Let’s go show kindness to our kids. Let’s be examples so that they can mirror us as examples and then go out and be world changers!

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Prayer for our Kids Day 13 – Purity

purity“Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let their purity of heart be
shown in their actions” (Psalm 51:10).

Purity is such an important issue as our kids grow. As a nation we are bombarded with images and ideas that encourage us to ignore pure
thoughts and give in to sin. Living a pure life will mean less heart ache, better and truer relationships and friendships. It will allow them to be closer to Father with less “gunk” filling their hearts.

A pure mind and heart will be shown through their actions. Ezekiel
17:8 is says, “It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so
that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid
vine.” If their hearts are getting filled with spiritual truths and
they are guarding their hearts and minds they will bear good fruit.
Let’s work on being more mindful in what we watch, say, wear, and
listen to in front of our kids to make sure that we are leading them
as a strong, pure example.

I love how each day, the previous days topic is needed to support the
current day’s topic. Our kids need courage in order to love out a life
of purity. They need courage to stand up to their peers. We really are
building a great foundation for our kids this month. Each spiritual
truth prayed over them stacks on top of the last and is building in
them in strength to live out each of these principles.

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