God parents each of us perfectly! Growing in grace and knowledge as Jesus did is an individual responsibility. But we all–whether we have children or not–have opportunities to disciple (or spiritually parent) others. This prayer guide is a tool ifor the growing up process–for ourselves and others.
Parenting is a privilege and responsibility that allows us co-laborer closely with the Lord in the soul-building process. He has provided powerful tools to utilize in our work.
The Word of God is our primary tool; it is indeed a living and active tool. It is critical for our lives and our children’s lives. Love for God’s Word…for its necessity and tremendous value in each life…is the key to unlocking and utilizing this vital building block.
This ‘perpetual’ prayer guide has seven focus areas—one for each day of the week. Our prayers matter and keep us in tune with the Lord—for the reality is that all we pray for others must be sought for ourselves as well. May this prayer guide draw you and yours ever closer to Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith!
Prayer Focus: Love of God’s Word
Father in heaven, we praise you for the gift of Your Word. We praise you for the Living Word, Jesus Christ. And we praise you for our privilege of using words to communicate with others. Only humanity was allowed this precious gift. Lord we ask that You help us use words well with our children. Instill in our children a love for Your Word. Help them to understand and help us to live with the scriptures as our guide and not simply a pleasant source of encouragement. Help our children understand that every aspect of life is blessed by wisdom from the Word. Help us model for our children a desire to read, study, remember and apply Your Word moment by moment. We desire your plans and purposes for our children; we long for them to live lives of blessing. May Your Word be a light unto their path for their good and for your glory. We ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalm 119:9, 72, 72, 140; Jeremiah 15:16; Ephesians 6:17; 1 Peter 1:22
Prayer Focus: Growing Faith
Father, knowing you is the most important thing our children will ever experience. We ask that you meet with them in personal and transforming ways. Grow their spirits into ever greater likeness to Christ. Give us wisdom to point them to you. Grant us a depth of faith in your love for them that we do not interfere with your work. Reveal yourself to our children and draw them to your irresistible glory. Strengthen them in their inner being with your Spirit and be glorified in the lives of our children. In Jesus name, Amen
2 Corinthians 9:10; Ephesians 4:15; Hebrews 6:1; 2 Peter 1:5,6; 3:18; 3 John 1:4
Prayer Focus: Godly Friends
Heavenly Father, thank you for your passion for relationships. We lift our children up to you asking that you will orchestrate their lives that Godly friends will bring beauty and sweetness to their days. We ask for friends that will encourage them to walk closely with you; friends that will look at Your glory with them; friends who will stand in the gap when they are unable to seek You. We praise you for your gift of love that we can love others. Work in our children’s lives and in each of their relationships that they will know You more day by day. In Jesus precious name, Amen
Malachi 3:16; Acts 2:42; Philippians 1:3: James 2:23
Prayer Focus: Thankfulness
Father in Heaven, we rejoice that the key to entering Your presence is PRAISE! Help us guide our children to the joy of thankfulness. Teach us, Lord, to fix our eyes on that which is praiseworthy and life-building…and fill our hearts with joy and awe. We thank you, Lord, that You created all things for us to enjoy and we only have to remember they are from You. We thank you, Lord, that even hard things can become blessings when You are sought. Help us instill that in our children that they will live every day with thanksgiving and rejoicing for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
Deuteronomy 8:10; Psalm 100:4; Colossians 1:12; 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Prayer Focus: Values
Father, help us as parents teach your values and live Your values that our children will see Your glory and choose the same values for their lives. Grant our children a vision of the value You place on every individual and the treasure of time. May every choice made–in career, in recreation, in friendships, in money and even thoughts be founded upon Your value system. We ask this for the glory of God and the good of these precious children You have entrusted to us! In Christ’s name, Amen
Joshua 24:15; John 4:34; 17:4; Acts 20:24; Philippians 3:13
Prayer Focus: Health and Safety for Body, Mind and Soul
Heavenly Father, lover of our children’s souls, we ask Your protection of their bodies, minds and spirit. Total well-being is a by-product of a God-ward focus so we ask you to orchestrate their lives so that a desire for Your will and Your glory will be their greatest passion. May our example as parents not derail them in any way; hold us close to You and convict us of disparities in our own walk. Strengthen the children, Lord, to exercise discipline in their physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual pursuits and to submit all to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. May our children’s lives–and our own–have a depth of integrity, an alignment with Your Word of thoughts, words and actions, which will reveal Your glory to all those we come in contact with. We praise You for the gift of the life of Christ which lives within Your children and we ask all this in His name, Amen.
Psalm 26:3; Psalm 86:11; 2 John 4; Isaiah 32:18
Prayer Focus: Passion for a Pure Heart
Father in Heaven, we long to see You and to have our children see You. Your glory is our source of hope and confidence in a world of challenges. Lord, work in our children’s hearts and open their eyes to see You…to see Your amazing love, Your righteousness and Your open arms. Instill in the hearts of our children–and in our hearts–an ever-increasing desire to walk in Your presence and behold Your glory. Might the greatest desire of our hearts be to please You with every choice we make in thought, word and deed and might that same desire be in the hearts of our children. We praise You for who You are and how You work and for the purifying, perfect work of Jesus Christ. In His name, we ask this…Amen.
Malachi 3:3; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 1:7
I’ve been talking about it for weeks! The Spiritual Journaling book–that morphed into more. I am so excited to say:
It is almost ready for release. The files are submitted for review.
Joy in the Journey: Tools for Spiritual Growth: Journaling & More
The promises of a life of faith are full and enticing. Yet sometimes life feels futile. Joy in the Journey offers tools and hope for those who want to see the beauty in every day. Healing for the past and hope for the future are real promises from Jesus Christ. This books helps individuals see both!
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Growing up spiritually takes a plan. When I accepted Christ as Lord–as opposed to receiving a ticket out of hell–I had trouble finding folks who could articulate the Way. They told me ‘read the Bible,’ ‘do this’ and ‘do that.’ They were not wrong, but I needed more. It is always my heart to offer that ‘more’ to others who are on this glorious path!
Throughout this website and in my materials you will find resources for ‘more.’ Soul Training in the Barn is a basic study to move believers on in their faith journey. BUT the bottom line is this:
We cannot “DO” to be…but when we “BE DISCIPLES” we will surely do the works God plans for us!
so, here are some BEs to do!
Faith in Jesus Christ is both simple and complex. Romans 10:9 is absolute truth:
Jesus Christ completed the work of salvation. Living a believing life is not always quite so simple.
Loved ones die. Tragedies happen. Lives shatter.
Hope hides in the despair. Pressing in to find the hope takes courage and strength beyond our capacity sometimes. Many have walked this road before us–many walk with us. It is always too soon to quit. For personal assistance, visit my Personalized Mentoring page.
The Bible is the source of the answers, but it makes no sense to those without the Spirit of God; sometimes it baffles those with the Spirit. The devil loves to cloud our minds; he does it well. God is greater. God wrote the Bible (through forty-some scribes over a few hundred years); He understands it and wants us to as well.
Far too many think they cannot read the Bible. That is a lie from the pit of hell. Satan knows the Bible–he uses it all the time. We MUST read the Word and know it…know the history, the facts and know the heart of each passage.
Listening with the ears of the heart is an art. In the second century after Christ’s death, this method of reading the Scripture began to be taught. It was (is) called Lectio Divina or Divine Reading. It is a deliberate, intense way of approaching the Holy Bible. It is a way of digging for the hope when despair chokes. There are many articles on the detailed depths of Lectio Divina, but here is the simplified version. As you read ask God to show you in the Word:
God created us to be connected to us. He wants us to know Him and His love–and to share it with others. You will find that message again and again in the Scriptures.