Scripture Shaped Prayer

Protection

The prayer of a mama for her children’s protection is a prayer that never ends. My boys are twenty-seven and twenty-four and I’m still praying for their protection every day.
 
Today we are all praying for protection from a virus that is crawling through this world, and tomorrow will bring new prayers for protection. The hazards in this world that threaten our children’s well-being are endless.
 
Think for a moment about today’s prayers coming from mother’s lips all over the world.
 
Mamas praying prayers of protection from contaminated water, starvation, violence, from those who seek to prey upon their children. They pray protection from broken systems and corrupt governments, protection in the midst of war-torn countries and war-torn lives.
 
The list is long, our concerns over our children deep. We can rest in this today, God’s love and concern over children is longer, it is deeper and it is wider. ❤
 
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19
Let’s join together and pray over one anothers children today. 
 
Praise
 
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. Psalm 91:14
 
Thank God today that He is the One who rescues and protects.
 
Confession
 
Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Psalm 79:9
 
Take a moment and examine your heart, remind yourself that you have been forgiven.
 
Give Thanks
 
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
 
Thank God today for His faithfulness to you, as well as the strength and protection He gives.
 
Shaping Your Prayers with God’s Word
 
Father, I thank you that you go before __________ today, that You, the God of Israel, will be _________ ‘s rear guard. Isaiah 52:12
Putting Feet to your Prayers
 
Remind your children often that you are praying for their protection. Ask them about moments that they remember God protecting them. This will be a great reminder to them, and you, that God protects.
 
 
 
 
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.

Book Reviews

A Pocket Full of Seeds Review and Give Away

If you are are a person who loves to feel encouraged as well as spurred on this daily devotional is for you.

These little devotions are short and to the point, yet packed with ideas that encourage us to put our faith into action.  So often devotionals in today’s culture are more about receiving than giving.  Honestly, it is in our giving, where we will find ourselves filled the most.

Debbie does a wonderful job of opening our eyes to the seed planting ideas that are all around us.

You can find a copy of Debbie’s book here A Pocketful of Seeds. 

I’m also giving a copy away here on the blog, just share your favorite Bible verse in the comments here on the blog, on my Facebook page, or Twitter.   I’ll draw a name on Friday, November 10th!

Sorry, but US residents only.