“May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
There are so many Bible stories that come to mind when I hear the word “courage.” The life of David stands out in particular. As a young boy he fought off wild animals to protect his sheep, he fought in wars, fled for his life from Saul, and one of my favorites is when he fought Goliath.
He was not old or big enough at the time to be fighting with his brothers in the war, yet he single handedly killed a giant. The odds were against him on so many levels. Yet, he knew that Father was there with him, and would help him win. That was just one battle out of so many where David chose to allow Father to work through him to accomplish so much.
An old saying goes– “Real men love Jesus.” Let’s be real men/women and love Father so much and open our hearts up to His work in our lives. Let’s pray for courage that can only come from Him, courage for our kids to stand up among their peers, to be bold, and speak truth and life into dark places.
My prayer is for Castle Rock to be changed because the youth of our town are standing up for truth. That we can, with courage, take the truth of Father’s love to every person we meet, whether that be here locally or nationwide. That we will make disciples everywhere we go. We all believe, now let’s be an example ourselves and pray for our kids to be even stronger than we are and change this world for Jesus.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald
Prayer for our Kids day 11 – Faithfulness
“Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts” (Proverbs 3:3).
Can I just say how much I love this verse? I’m so thankful to be reading it and praying it over my kids all day today! Okay, now on to today’s topic, faithfulness…
Is it fair to assume we all want our children to grow up and be good students, to be in healthy relationships with their friends and spouses, hard workers, etc.? One of the biggest keys to this success is their ability to practice faithfulness.
It’s amazing how many areas of our life we are required to practice faithfulness and from such a young age. As kids, we have to be faithful in doing our chores and faithful to our friends. Then as we grow and start school we have to be faithful in doing our homework. Eventually we all get jobs and are faithful to our boss and in fulfilling our job duties. We enter into relationships and have to be faithful to our boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife. The list goes on and on.
I think faithfulness is something that can be over-looked, but it is so important in so many avenues of our lives. And honestly, we should be praying for areas in our own lives, not just our children’s, to practice better faithfulness. I think we will be amazed at the changes we see taking place when we do.
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
Prayer for our Kids days 9 & 10 –
Respect (for self, others, and authority) -“Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands” (1 Peter 2:17a).
Strong, Biblical Self-Esteem - “Help my children to develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are ‘[YOUR] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus’” (Ephesians 2:10).
Well, it’s happened. Against my best intentions, I got a day behind. I thought about making two posts or just skipping yesterday, but then after seeing today’s topic decided to combine them.
Self-esteem is something I have always prayed my kids would have. So much good or bad can come out of having good or poor self-esteem. We all see the effects of both on a daily basis. However, I love the focus in Ephesians on our children gaining their self-esteem “in the realization that they are ‘GOD’S workmanship’”. I’ve always wanted my kids to be strong, but strong in their identity as Father’s… I couldn’t ask for more for them!
Respect – something we all want, but it can be hard to give when it doesn’t feel deserved. That’s not what we were called to do though. We weren’t called to give respect once the other person has earned it. 1 Peter says that we are to “show proper respect to EVERYONE”.
Can you imagine what people of integrity our children would be if they respected everyone while having their self-esteem rooted in Father? What a powerful witness. Let’s take this opportunity to bless our children, cover them in prayer and know that they are the start of a new generation. A generation of world-changers in the name of our Heavenly Father!
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
“May my children always ‘be merciful, as [their] Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36)
Mercy is a not a word I am very familiar with. I tend to get it confused with grace and I’ve honestly never taken much time to look into the meaning of it. So, I’ve spent a lot of time this morning on the Internet trying to gain a better understanding.
I was quite surprised to find zero Biblical references on Google. Instead I found a Kanye West song, Mercy Medical Clinics, a TV show and a college to name a few. So, I went on a search through the best resource, God’s Word. The word mercy is used over 126 times throughout the Bible (NIV). There are very similar themes from the Old to New Testament. I started reading through the references and although I don’t know what I was expecting, I was surprised by what I found. The majority of the verses throughout were people asking/begging for mercy or referencing how Father showed mercy. It seemed to be something, dare I say, unattainable for humans? It leads me to wonder if we, as sinners, are capable of true mercy… the kind that Christ shows us? In the end I am left excited to start a new journey. It’s time I delve into more Scripture and books in hopes of a better knowledge and understanding.
With that, I’m going to leave you with one my favorite verses that speak of mercy, Micah 6:8: ”He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
31 Ways to Pray for your Children Day 6 – Love for God’s Word
“May my children grow to find your Word more precious than gold, than much pure gold, and sweeter than honey from a honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10). What a great thing to pray for. How better to encourage our kids to grow in their love for Father than through his words. We are so blessed to not only have the written word but also live in a country where we can love it freely! It’s easy to take this freedom and gift for granted. Once again, I have to take a step back and evaluate my actions. Am I showing my kids how to love his word? We have an amazing opportunity to raise a generation of kids that will be leaders. Let’s break any curses that have been spoken over past generations. Let’s make prayer a priority and believe that all things are possible through him who gives us strength (Phillipians 4:13). Our kids will be strong, they will be leaders, the will put Father first and they will love his word!
Guest post: Rachel Theobald