As I said in the introduction, this challenge is an opportunity to spend the next thirty days being intentional about praying for a child or children.
I hope you had time to decide and write down the name or names of the child/children you will be praying for the next 30 days. If not take the time and do that now. Also, I would encourage you to use a prayer book/journal and write out your prayer each day. This just really allows to really think and ponder on the words, and gives you something to look back at as God answers these prayers. Reuse the prayers and add new notes as you continue to pray for the children in your life.
No matter how you choose to use this prayer guide, the most important thing is to be intentional. Don’t just make it a habit or chore that you check off your to do list each day. Make time and take time to really pray for the child/children, and ask God to show you ways to bless them.
Each day I will post the topic and scripture, and write out my prayer for you to use as a guide, as you go to the Father in prayer. No matter whom God lays on your heart to pray for that is exactly who you should be praying for.
May Yehovah God bless us as we seek to bless Him and His children.
Day 24 – Pray that God would make them healthy and strong.
Hebrews 12:1-2; Isaiah 40:31; Psalms 103:1-5
God is so funny. When I started this prayer challenge I had no idea how it would open up so many things in our lives. I wrote out this prayer list, and scriptures several weeks ago. I had this great plan that I would make the list, and write the blog posts ahead of time, and then when january 1st came along, I would just work through the posts with my facebook group. Life happened and I only got two or three posts pre-written. So, I have been writing the posts out daily, and praying them. There is something so powerful about writing out our prayers.
As I write them I see God at work. I have so many children, and I often feel like I am not enough for all of them. I worry that I might be neglecting one or more of them. I work very hard at trying to connect with them all. But, sometimes it just seems like I fall short.
When I started praying these specific prayers over my children, I find myself praying for me more than them. I began to realize that if I really want to make a difference in my children’s lives I must be Christ to them. No, I can not save my children, I do not mean that I literally become their messiah, but that I show them the love of Christ.
If I want strong and healthy children, I must teach them to fully depend on Christ. So, today, I pray that they have a strong and healthy mom that depends completely on Christ, and that they learn to do the same.
Thank you for those who have set a great example of faith in our lives, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race You have set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Yeshua, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside Your throne. I cna not imagine all the hostility He endured from people; let us not become weary and give up. 4 After all, we have not yet given our lives in our struggle against sin.
Help us not forget the encouraging words You have spoken to us, through Your Word, as Your children,
“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t give up when he corrects you.
For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
Help us endure this divine discipline, remembering that You are treating us as Your own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by their father? If You don’t discipline us as You do all of Your children, it means that we are illegitimate and are not really Your children at all. So, please treat us as Your favorite child, and correct us and train us. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the You, Father of our spirits, and live forever?
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. Help help Jeremy and I to truly do our best. But Your discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in Your holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Give us the ability to take a new grip with our tired hands and strengthen our weak knees. Mark out a straight path for our feet so that though we are weak and lame we will not fall but become strong.
I hope this blog series is a blessing to you and the children in your life. If you would like to join our prayer group on Facebook here is the link.