Scripture Shaped Prayer

A Love for God’s Word

Pat was a dear and much older friend. I admired her passion for scripture and how she applied it to her life.
One afternoon while she and I were chatting, she shared with me how important it is that we not only read the Word of God, but that we hide His Word in our hearts.
That doesn’t only consist of memorizing, but meditating upon it, letting it stir around in our hearts and minds.
Pat found out this truth in a very critical way several years ago. She suffered a massive heart attack and was in the hospital for several months recovering.
During her first month she did not have the ability to speak or to read. That meant that she could not find comfort in reading her Bible that laid on the stand nearby. In frustration she cried out to the Lord.
As she lay in her bed crying, the Lord began to bring scriptures to her mind, scriptures that she had hidden in her heart years ago. This brought her great comfort during those difficult days.
The Word of God is alive, powerful and life changing. Even Jesus when tempted would refer to God’s Word saying, “It is written…”
When we pray that God gives our children a love for His word them to treasure it and hide it in their hearts, it will be there when they reach for it.
Let’s Pray
Praise
The unfolding of Your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
Can you remember a time when God’s Word brought light into your darkness? Give Him praise for that today.
Confession
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:21
Pause and purpose to get rid yourself of dirty sin. (Don’t worry we’ve all got it) Then trust that The Word, Jesus, planted in you, can and will save you.
Give Thanks
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Psalm: 119:105
Thank God for time in you life when His Word was a light to your path.
Shaping Your Prayers with God’s Word
I ask that _______ will be one who reads the word, that he/she will be blessed when he/she hears it and will take to heart what is written in it, because the time in near.
Revelation 1:3
Put Feet to Your Prayers
Introduce your child to a new Bible verse every week. Print out three copies of the verse and place place them strategically around the house. Make a point to talk about the verse each day. By the end of the week it will be hidden in their hearts and yours!
Prayer

A Love for God

A Love for God

 We had many good car talks, when my boys were young.  On one trip I asked my two sons a big question, “Do you love God?”

This question was followed by about thirty seconds of silence.  Just for the record thirty seconds can seem like a long time.

Then my eldest son finally piped up, “I know I love Him because I can feel Him tugging at my heart and I try to obey His commands.”

My younger son remained quiet and then he dejectedly asked,

“Mom do you have another question for me?”

“Just think about this one for a while.”  I told him.

Later that evening I heard singing coming from the upstairs shower.

“I love you Lord! I praise you Lord!” He sang at the top of his lungs.

As I tucked him into bed that evening I whispered to him, “I know that you love God.”

“How?”  He whispered back his eyes big and round with wonder.

“I heard you telling Him while you were in the shower.”

He blushed and then he spoke words that melted my heart, “Mom, He makes me happy in my heart and I like to praise Him.”

No two kids are alike, each one will have their own way of expressing their love for God.  We would be wise mamas to encourage them to simply love the Lord in the way He created them to.

Let’s Pray 

Praise

Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!  Psalm 66:20

Praise the Lord for times when you knew He heard you and responded to you with love.

 Confession

 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Psalm 51:1

Rejoice in knowing the Lord’s love and compassion for you, it is big enough to blot out any offence.

Give Thanks

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.  Psalm 86:15

Give thanks to the Lord that He is slow to anger and how His  love and faithfulness pour over you.

 Shaping Your Prayers with God’s Word

 Lord, I ask that _______ will love You with all of his/her heart, all of his/her soul and all of his/her mind.  Matthew 22:37

 Put Feet to Your Prayers

Make it a point to express your love for God, in your own unique way, in the presence of your children.

Scripture Shaped Prayer

Praying for Your Child’s Salvation

Without salvation and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ it does not matter what our children become or accomplish here on earth, it will not compare to their salvation.

Earth is their temporary home, salvation promises them an eternal home.

In this verse and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; Joel 2:32 I love two words.

The first word is everyone. This verse doesn’t say the rich, the beautiful, the smart, or even the nice. It simply says, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.

The second word is will, this verse doesn’t say they should, could, or might be saved. It says they will be saved!

Our greatest desire should be to see our children accept the precious gift of salvation that is awaiting them.

God’s Word tells us this in Deuteronomy 11:18-20 … that you must fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Mama, it is you who should be telling your children Bible truths as you go through out your day. Reminding them that God loves them, that He gave his only Son, Jesus that they might be saved.

Until our children accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, this should be our daily prayer for them. We can trust as we do our part, God does His.

Praise

Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Psalm 96:2

Praise the Lord for His Gift of Salvation that He has personally given to you.

Confession

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

Take a quiet moment allow God, bring to mind anything that you have done or said that would bring Him and you sorrow.

Thanksgiving

I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

Psalm 118:21

Give thanks to the Lord, that He heard your cry for salvation and provided the way, by becoming your salvation.

Praying Scripture

Lord, I thank you that when _______ calls on Your name he/she will be saved! Joel 2:32

Putting Feet to Your Prayers

Have you told your children the story of your personal salvation? If you haven’t be sure to share it with them, there is power in your testimony.