This song was written to honor my Dad who pastored for many years in Point Pleasant, WV. He is a well respected man of great integrity and I’m proud to be called his son.
Happy Father’s Day to Paul J Chapman!
“…So Father God, to You I come, In the name of Your Son, I bring my children to Your throne, Father hear my cry…”
In those times when we’ve struggled to be consistent and forgotten to follow through, You have not forgotten our deep longing that our children know and follow You.
We pray that as we continue to cry out to You on their behalf that You will keep them in Your good care. In Jesus’ name, amen.
A note from us:
Thank you for joining in these weeks of concentrating your prayers on Wednesdays for your children. We sincerely pray that God will give you the strength to continue making a regular sacrifice for them.
We invite you to start over at week #1. And, whenever you need encouragement, please feel free to return to this post and listen again to the song posted below. Or, as some folks are doing, you could listen each Wednesday and use it as your prayer. We’d be honored if you will!
God bless you and your children!
Steve & Annie
“And as my flesh cries out for bread…”
On this day, Oh! Lord, we come to your throne of grace bearing the offering of fleshly hunger. In no way is this small sacrifice comparable to what You gave to us in Your Holy Son, Christ Jesus. Still, we come with a hopeful heart that You will see this hunger as a cry for Your attentive ear.
We know that without Your merciful intervention in the lives of our children, they will never experience the peace and purpose You have planned for them. As parents who love their children more than life itself, please accept this small but sincere gesture of fasting food on their behalf. Please credit this sacrifice to their account.
Hear us, O, Lord. In Jesus’ name.
“…is not life more than food…?” Matthew 6:25
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face…and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:16-18
More about Fasting:
Fasting is a voluntary act of devotion and is not required as an expression of salvation. Fasting is used and encouraged in the Bible:
Additional benefits of fasting: Fasting has physical health benefits; fasting is honored when done as an expression of dependence and contrition; fasting helps promote self-discipline
(“Mother’s Touch” is available on the CD, “A Mother’s Touch” click here to order)
As long as our children have breath, grace them with a keen awareness of their heavenly purpose for their earthly existence. May their lives not be wasted nor their time squandered on quests that lack in eternal value.
“Give their hands a Kingdom task…”
Whether our children’s workplace is in a church building or an office building, on a mission field or a crop field, God help them to embrace the fact that whatever they do, because they belong to You they ultimately are ambassadors of Your eternal Kingdom.
If their work is in an environment that restricts them from openly proclaiming Your goodness we ask you to help them understand that a lighthouse does not have to scream, it only needs to quietly shine to be effective. Help them to realize that there is no workplace policy that can keep them from being kind to others, honest and hardworking. There are no rules that can hinder a positive attitude and a loving manner and the kind of behavior that can draw others to a desire to know You as well.
Whatever our children’s hands are called to do while here on earth, may it be done to glorify Your holy name and promote Your eternal cause.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” Ephesians 6:7
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plan.” Proverbs 16:3
“May their eyes on You be cast…”
There are many distractions and attractions that seek to capture the heart and soul of our children. All around them the “billboards” of this world are claiming, “here’s what you need; here’s where you should go; here’s the answer to your questions.” Sadly, some of us have made the mistake of looking to the world for our guidance and we have been left floundering and faltering. We don’t want this for our children.
Oh! God, please help our children fix their gaze upon You. Give them the courage to look past the temporal pleasures of this world and see the immeasurable riches of Your everlasting kingdom.
We pray that when they come to a crossroads in their lives, may they see only the Cross of Christ, Your beloved Son. And may it remind them to look only to You for their strength.
“Fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:24-31
“So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
“My eyes are continually toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.” Psalm 25:15
(As a reminder, here is the song, “Wednesday’s Prayer” from which the lines in the prayer are taken)
“Guide their feet, Lord, light their path…”
There are many choices our children face each day and all of them are potentially life changing. We ask You, Lord to guide them in each decision they make. Help them to seek Your will and to follow it.
We pray that our children will learn what it means to fully trust in You, and to not lean on their own understanding. Our hearts’ cry is they will acknowledge You, O Lord, and You will make their paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
We find comfort in knowing Your Word will illuminate their path and show them the right way to go. As their parents, we recommit to the working of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. We long to be a godly example for our children so that as they watch us they will be inspired to follow You more closely.
In Christ’s name we pray,
“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Isaiah 50:10
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8