Tomorrow, I am beginning 30 days of fervent prayer for my son.
No, there is nothing wrong. He is healthy and happy. He is about as well behaved as a 15 year old can be. Sure he gets a little snarky now and then, and gravitates too often towards video games, but all in all, he’s a really good boy. He is not about to face some giant in his life. All in all, life is good for him and for me.
So, what better time to commit to praying, right? Remember,
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.(1 Peter 5:8)
I often hear people say that if everything is going well, get ready, because something is probably around the bend. Despite that horribly defeatist attitude (my God promises me a life of peace and abundance…not free from strife, but not sitting and waiting for it, either), I find it prudent to pray for my son even when there is not a pressing or specific need. I know the enemy wants to devour our children. The thought of new generations of Christians, especially in this day and age when it is so unpopular, must really drive him nuts. So, I want to be proactive in praying for my child.
Of course, I already pray for my son, but for some reason I have not sat down and really talked to God about my boy. I want to ask God to protect him, to provide for him, to allow him happiness in his life, but more than that, I want to ask God to create a heart for Him in my son. I will not ask for my son’s life to be free from trials – no strong person was ever created from a life of ease – but rather that he find strength in God, His word, and the power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in these trials of life. I will ask God to teach my son to go to Him for anything and everything, and I will ask Him to create a spirit of thankfulness in my son…not so much to me, but to the Lord. I will be praying for my son’s purpose in God’s plan, whatever God wants Him to be to further His kingdom. Oh, and because I know too well the heartbreak of divorce, I will be praying for my son’s future wife.
I am going to find Scripture each day to pray…Scripture about prayer itself, and Scripture about the specific attribute I am praying.
Now, with that said, let me tell you that I am no theologian or Biblical scholar. I may not have the right “outline” for my prayers. I don’t think Jesus is as picky about how we pray as we are. But, I do know He WANTS us to pray. In His Word, God is clearly telling us to ask Him:
Matthew 7:7 ”Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
He wants us to BELIEVE that He will answer our prayers:
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
And, He wants us to be thankful to and for Him in our prayers:
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So, that’s my special prayer formula. Ask Him, believe Him (by quoting Scripture), and thank Him for what He has done and what I know He is about to do!
Does anyone want to join me in this 30 day prayer fest for our children! I am so excited to see what God will do for this next generation of believers!!!