Today, June 21, 2013 – the first day of summer and the first day of my month long prayer fest for my son. Today, as I was thinking about what to pray, I decided that I needed to pray for my son’s faith. That he would have a stronger faith – one that consumes him. Great thing to pray for, right?
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so 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.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
While praying for my son’s faith is important, this prayer is a perfect model of making sure the one you are praying for understands just how much God loves him. The strong faith can only be acquired through the knowledge and the belief of His love…His amazing love! Not just the singing on church and look how Jesus blessed me love. No…this is a love that surpassed knowledge. Funny how it surpasses knowledge, but Paul still prays that they will comprehend it. I think Paul got it…and he wanted it for the Gentiles to whom he was speaking.
Therefore, this is prayer. I want my son to (in Him and through faith in Him) approach God with freedom and confidence. (Eph. 3:12). It has to kind of all be rolled up into one….this strong faith and this belief in God’s love for you.
I have to be honest; there was a time when I really did not think God loved me. I didn’t think He even wanted me near Him – but that’s for another post. What I know is that what I was feeling was not of God. And I never want my child to feel that way. There is no more devastating feeling than to think the God of the Universe loves everyone…but you.
So, Lord, I come before you now, bowed down. I love that you are the head of my little family Lord, just as Paul’s prayer says. That means that you are a father to my son. Please always let him see you as a good and loving father. Yes, a father that disciplines when needed, because he loves his son so much, but still a father purely loving his son.
Lord God, I ask that you give my son a strength in You and from You that is so amazing. Fill him with your Spirit and a power that is so far beyond his own. A strength to share your Word, to share the Gospel, to do what is right in your eyes.
Please help me to root and establish him in Your Holy love. Let me show him your love through my words and actions. So that he can begin to understand You better.
Lord Jesus, please let my son know, with certainty, just how much you love him. Let his understanding of your love go so far beyond my understanding. Let him never doubt your endless and all encompassing love for him. Lord, let Your love carry Him through all of life’s trails. When his heart is broken, let Your love wash over him and comfort him. When he is at the end of his rope, or feeling lonely, or being misunderstood or misrepresented, let him feel your presence, just as real as if You were standing there with him, giving him a fatherly embrace. Fill him with Your love, Lord…fill him.
Lord, the best thing about this prayer is I may have little thoughts about what it might one day do for my son, but You do so much more than we can even begin to comprehend. Thank yo, Lord. Let your power and your glory dwell in my son, and let him pass down the love and truth of Jesus to his children, so they may pass it to there’s.
In Jesus’ Holy name I pray.