Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

21 July 2010

The Parents' Prayer Programme - Take Two

So, the other day I particularly enjoyed one of the prayers on the Parents' Prayer Programme and thought I would make mention of it here on the blog.  However when I returned to my post featuring this programme I discovered that Bob Hostetler's original was ordered and worded slightly differently - and if you were following along using that programme, it would bear no resemblance to the prayer I prayed this particular morning.  Which just goes to show that you should never blindly cut and paste without doing a little proofreading!!  So below is the version I use and have used for the last ten or so years.  To my thinking, the language in the version presented below is a little easier.  Maybe that's just because I have been using this tool for so long.   Either one will provide you with a good solid set of prayers to pray for your children, your loved ones or yourself.  Using either one in prayer will be time well spent.  But just for the record, the one I use is this one, not the other one.  Happy praying!!

1. Salvation
Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
(Isa 45:8, 2 Tim 2.:10)

2. Growth in Grace
I pray that they may “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
(2 Peter 3.18)

3. Love
Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love through the Spirit who dwells in them.
(Ephesians 5.2,Galatians 5.22)

4. Honesty and Integrity
May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.
(Psalm 25.21)

5. Self-control
Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be “alert and self-controlled” in all they do.
(1 Thessalonians 5.6)

6. A love for God’s Word
May my children grow to find your Word “more precious than gold, than much pure gold; [and] sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”
(Psalm 19.10)

7. Justice
God, help my children to love justice as you do and to “act justly” in all they do.
(Psalm 11.7, Micah 6.8)

8. Mercy
May my children always “be merciful as [their] Father is merciful.”
(Luke 6.36)

9. Respect (for self, others, authority)
Father, grant that my children may “show proper respect to everyone” as your word commands.
(1 Peter 2.17)

10. Strong, Biblical Self-esteem
Help my children develop a strong self esteem that is rooted in the realisation that they are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2.10)

11. Faithfulness
“Let love and faithfulness never leave [my children],” but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.
(Proverbs 3.3)

12. A Passion for God
Lord, please instil in my children a soul with a craving for you, a heart that clings passionately to you.
(Psalm 63.8)

13. Responsibility
Grant that my children may learn responsibility, “for each one should carry his own load.”
(Galatians 6.5)

14. Kindness
Lord, may my children “always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
(1 Thessalonians 5.15)

15. Generosity
Grant that my children may "be generous and willing to share [& so] lay  up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.”
(1 Tim 6.18-19)

16. Peace, peacability
Father, let my children “make every effort to do what leads to peace.”
(Romans 14.19)

17. Hope
May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 15.13)

18. Perseverance
Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to “run with perseverance the race marked out for [them].” (Hebrews 12.1)

19. Humility
Lord, please cultivate in my children the ability to “show true humility toward all.”
(Titus 3.2)

20. Compassion
Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.
(Colossians 3.12)

21. Prayerfulness
Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
(Ephesians 6.18)

22. Contentment
Father, teach my children “the secret of being content in any and every situation ... through him who gives [them] strength.”
(Philippians 4.12-13)

23. Faith
I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.
(Luke 17.5-6, Hebrews 11.1-40)

24. A Servant Heart
Lord, please help my children develop servant hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly “as if [they] were serving the Lord, not men.”
(Ephesians 6.7)

25. Purity
“Create in [them] a pure heart, O God,” and let their purity of heart be shown in their actions.
(Psalm 51.10)

26. A Willingness and Ability to Work Hard
Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, “as working for the Lord, not for men.”
(Colossians 3.23)

27. Self-discipline
Father, I pray that my children may develop self-discipline, that they may acquire “a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.”
(Proverbs 1.3)

28. A Heart for Missions
Lord, please help my children to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvellous deeds among all peoples.
(Psalm 96.3)

29. Joy
May my children be filled “with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”
(1 Thessalonians 1.6)

30. Courage
May my children always “be strong and courageous” in their character and in their actions.
(Deuteronomy 31.6)

2 comments:

mattnbec said...

Didn't get around to saying this on the first post, but I really like this. Thanks for sharing it. I'm thinking of printing it out and putting it on the kitchen wall or something once we're settled again in Aus.

x B

Meredith said...

Our copy is on the bench in our bathroom, right next to the toothbrushes... But I also have one tucked in my Bible for my quiet time. It is a great resource...and this version probably a little more user friendly. I can email you the file if you want a well formatted version. Let me know...now or when you get back.