A purpose is the reason, the aim or the goal.
We have to ask ourselves, what is our aim when we pray for our children, what are we hoping to achieve?
More importantly what is God wanting to achieve through our prayers?
I believe that the Lord’s purpose is reflected in this scripture, He is always at work transfiguring us into His likeness –
We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:18 – The Passion Translation
He wants to draw us close. So close that we begin to reflect Him in all we say and do, from glory to glory.
He wants our children to know Him face to face, to know Him as well as they know their own reflection, He wants to take them from from glory to glory.
Less of Us – More of Him
From Glory to Glory
If we happen to forget God’s purpose, no worries, He’ll remind us.
I meet with some ladies once a week and we pray for our community. On my heart that day were Mama Bears and their Baby Bears who are born addicted. In the area I live it is on the rise and my heart breaks, not only for the babies but the mamas too.
When we finished praying one of the women said something brave, “We must be ready, when the opportunity arises, to put feet to our prayers today.”
It was only hours when my opportunity arose, and I’ll be shamefully honest, I hesitated.
It was inconvenient, I was busy and it didn’t fit in to my plan for the evening. Then the Lord stopped me dead in my tracks. “Wasn’t this the very women and child you were praying for today?”
It was the kick in the pants that I needed and it spurred me into action. I rearranged my plans, and went to encourage those who God had called me to that night, the very ones I had been praying for that morning. I had almost missed it, I had almost missed my purpose.
We must be Mama Bears, who are willing put feet to our prayers. Our children need to see us grab ahold of our purpose, this will give them courage to grab ahold of theirs.
When we pray for our Baby Bears, we must pray with God’s Purpose in mind, that they be transfigured into His likeness. Jesus gives us a great starting point, His Commands to us and to our children. When they begin to walk in obedience to the Commands of Jesus, this is the path to an abundant life! I desperately want that, do you?
When we hold our Bible we hold the Commands of Jesus in our hands, but there is a difference between holding them and keeping them. To keep something is to maintain it with care and labor, to lay something up, to treasure it.
Love and obedience walk hand in hand. When we purpose to keep Jesus’ commands this demonstrates our love for Him and a chain reaction begins.
- Our obedience reveals our love for Jesus
- Our love for Jesus opens the door to God the Father, and He lavishes His love upon us.
- There is more… Jesus’ love is also released upon us, with a promises to reveal Himself to us.
To reveal is to make known, to lay open. Jesus Himself is made known to us as we love Him and keep His commands, everything about Him is layed open before us.
We then find ourselves knowing Him more and more, loving Him more and more. Our lives are being molded by love and obedience. From glory to glory.
Don’t we want all of this love shaping our children’s lives?
Don’t we want them living, breathing and moving in the love of Jesus?
How better, than to pray the Commands of Jesus over their lives!
As you read through the Commands of Jesus, imagine how they will shape the life of your son or daughter.
This list is going to take us on a prayer journey. Each week we will pray a command from Jesus over our children, with Passion, with Power and with Purpose.
Let’s Start with Jesus’ Call – To Keep His Commands
A Prayer for Your Child:
Lord, I thank you that _______ has access to the commands of Jesus, may he/she keep them with care, showing his/her love for Jesus. As _______ loves you though his/her obedience I rejoice in knowing that _________ is loved by You and Jesus will come and reveal Himself to her/him. -Amen
A Prayer for you Mama Bear:
Father, I lift up my Mama Bear friend to you, may she be a woman who digs deep into the Commands of Jesus. Make her the gatekeeper of her home as she strives to maintain them in her life. I thank you that her love for Jesus, will spur her on in obedience to Your Word. Remind her that Your love for her is overflowing, and may Jesus be revealed to her more and more. – Amen