Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 13th

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Praying for your children. “…pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children..” Lamentations 2:19

Children are a gift and a blessing from God. We spend countless hours loving and caring, nurturing, teaching, training, helping, leading, equipping, encouraging, protecting, and so much more. We spend hours living out life, helping with homework, and driving them to activities. We spend money on sports, lessons and various classes to help them grow and become all they can be. But in the midst of busy, full lives, we have to ask ourselves: Are we praying? Praying over specifics, powerful, promise filled, hope-inspired prayers. Are we praying God’s powerful Word and promises over their lives?

Our prayers are essential today over our children and families, in order to stay alert, aware, and discerning of God’s voice, as well as to stand against the attacks of the enemy in our lives. Pray that the Holy Spirit to create in them a desire for the living God. Christ says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

A prayer I found that you can put your child’s name in the blank is: “Father, lead _________ by ways she/he has not known; guide her/him along the unfamiliar paths. Turn her/his darkness into light, and make the rough places smooth. Do not forsake her/him.” Isaiah 42:16

It is important that we must also be seeking God, just as we want our children to do. “Examine your own commitment to Christ, and make it your goal to be an example for your child(ren) of Christ’s transforming love. Remember: Our example often speaks louder than our words.” (Graham)

Dear God: We praise you for your love and faithfulness. We thank you for your protection and care over our families. Thank you that you give us the power to love well; the wisdom to lead and teach our children. We know you’re for us; that you fight for our families today. You are Redeemer, Restorer, and Friend, we believe you have good in store. We confess, some days, parenting is tough. Many days we can feel anxious or overwhelmed. We ask that you would make us more like You, more aware of your constant Presence in our lives. Help us to release our children to You, so that You are free to fully accomplish all that You desire, in them, through them. Please fill our families with your truth and cover us with your favor. Amen. (McDaniel)

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