Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Praying for your children

I'm totally stealing this from my BSF lesson, but it was too good not to share. Here are some awesome verses, along with things to pray for your children. I often find myself praying a generic prayer over them and this gives reasons and scripture to back it up with. I try to do one a day, instead of all of them at once.

1. Knowing Jesus as Savior early in life (Psalm 63:1, 71:17, Timothy 3:15)

2. Have a hatred for sin and fearful respect for his own vulnerability to temptation (Psalm 97:10, Matthew 26:41)

3. Be caught and called to account when guilty (Psalm 38:5-6, 17-18, 119:71)

4. Be protected from the evil one in each area of his life: spiritual, emotional and physical (Luke 22:31, John 17:15)

5. Have and attitude of Christian morality and responsibility in all his interpersonal relationships (Romans 14:21, 1 Cor. 13:4-5, 1 Tim. 4:12)

6. Respect those in authority over him (Romans 13:1)

7. Desire the right kind of friends, be protected from wrong associations, and be hedged in by God so that he does not find his way to the wrong people or wrong places and that the wrong people do not find their way to him (Psalm 91:9-11, Proverbs 1:10-11, 15, Hosea 2:6)

8. Rely on God's direction regarding marriage, being kept from the wrong choice and being saved for the right marriage partner (Psalm 37:4-5, 2 Cor. 6:14-17)

9. Choose to remain pure until the time of marriage and that the one he is to marry will also remain pure (1 cor. 6:18-20)

10. Learn to submit totally to God and resist Satan actively in all circumstances (Psalms 119:1, 143: 10, James 4:7)

11. Be single-hearted in loving and applying God's Word, using its wisdom rather than the world's standards to make decisions in his life (Psalms 19:7, 84:10, 119:10, Romans 12:1-2)

12. Allow God to mature within him the character of Christ that will be lived out in a lifetime of service and submission to Him (Psalm 90:12, 17, Luke 2:52, Romans 8:29)

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