Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week #20

“…So Father God, to You I come, In the name of Your Son, I bring my children to Your throne, Father hear my cry…”

WP e cover copy      Thank You, Father, for hearing us all these Wednesdays as we’ve sacrificed and prayed for our children. What an incredible privilege and a comfort it has been to trust them into Your capable hands.

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

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week #19

 

“That my children will be fed on Your words of Life.”

Create, oh God, in our children’s heart, a deep hunger for the eternal truths in Your written Word. May DSC_2111they feed at the table that You have lovingly prepared for them, and may the revelations of Your undeniable and absolute truths serve to nourish both their body and spirit until You come.

May Your presence in their lives make their bones strong so that they will walk with You all the days of their lives.

“Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…”  Psalm 235

“How sweet are Thy words to my taste!  Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”  Psalm 119:103

Wednesday’s Prayer-Week #18

 

“May I hunger, Lord, instead…”

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Father in Heaven, each time this fleshly hunger rises up in us today and gnaws at our minds, crying to be satisfied, we will refuse it and be grateful for this momentary, bearable pain. We will accept it as a pin prick in our souls that reminds us of the eternal purpose for which we pray, Oh! God, have mercy on our children!

 

 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Matthew 5:6

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week #17

 

“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 Breadcome 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.

Amen.

 

“…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:

  • Fasting in times of personal sorrow (2 Samuel 1:12; Nehemiah 1:4)
  • Fasting as a part of repentance (Jonah 3:5)
  • Fasting practiced as a part of important events (Exodus 34:28; Matt. 4:2; Acts 13:2,3; 2 Cor. 6:5; 11:27)
  • Fasting is not for the purpose of showing one’s spiritual superiority or self-righteousness.  It is only beneficial and accepting from the Lord when done with the right motive. (Isaiah 58; Matt. 6:16-18; Luke 18:9-14)

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

 

 

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 14

 

“May their eyes on You be cast…”

Father,

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 WP e cover copyyou 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

Wednesday’s Prayer-Week 12

 

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  “Father, calm their fears…

 

             Oh, Lord God, when our children’s hands shake in fear,

             When their frightened hearts race out of control, And when the cold sweat of an anxious moment

pours down their temples,

may You settle their very spirits with the assurance that You are close to them. 

             And may that deep calm be a sign of defeat to the enemy of their souls.

Heavenly Father,

We are comforted because we know You hear our prayers

 when our children face those times they feel threatened and

they weep for fear of those things that might happen,

please help them to understand that there is only

one safe place to hide.

May their spirits be refreshed as they take shelter in Your protective arms.

Give them the strength to plant their feet not on the sand of uncertainty,

but on You, O Lord, the solid rock of eternal Hope.

We pray they will know that from everlasting to everlasting

Your love continues to sustain those who reverence You. 

We know that fear and trust cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

It is because You are trustworthy that we pray our children will choose trust over fear.

 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?”

Psalm 27:1

 

 

Wednesday’s Prayer-Week 10

 

“In their sorrow, be their song…”

Dear Father,

We know in this world, it is inevitable that our children will experience sadness, feel pain and suffer through disappointments and heartache.  But we pray as the waves of sorrow wash over their souls that You will comfort WP e cover copythem with Your gentle presence.

Lord, we ask in the midst of trouble that Your sweet Holy Spirit will speak to them, reminding them that nothing can separate them from Your love. Help them hold on to the truth that You are bigger than any problem they may have and Your love is deeper than pit them may encounter.

In the midst of their gloom, may they hear You sing over them, filling them with the reassurance that You love them, You are in control and they can trust You.

In those moments when sadness would seek to strangle all hope from their hearts, let them remember….

The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoiced over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17

Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; they cry for help because of the arm of the mighty, But no one says, “Where is God my maker, Who gives songs in the night…”   Job 35:9, 10

The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation…   Exodus 15:2

 

Wednesday’s Prayer-Week 9

“Give them peace in Christ alone…”

Heavenly Father, we know that in this world, our children will experience trials, and pain, and disappointment.  In the midst of their trouble, may the peace that passes understanding be that which fills their heart of hearts.

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O Lord, we trust you to stand like a guard over our children.  We trust you to defeat the enemy of their soul; the evil
one who seeks to steal their peace, kill their joy and destroy the plans you have for their lives.  As their parents, we pray that Your divine protection will keep them safe and they will lie down and sleep in peace knowing that You alone, O Lord make them dwell in safety.

  Thank you for the promises found in John 16:33.  “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”

 

Sweet Jesus

Storms are raging in my heart

My hope is fading in the dark

Across the waters, beyond the waves

The wind is whispering Your name

 

Sweet Jesus, sweetest name I know

Sweet Jesus, Your peaceful waters flow

Whisper to me, soft and low

Sweet Jesus, sweet Jesus, the sweetest name I know

 

Sweeter than music to my ears

No other name can calm my fears

Beside still waters, I will remain

Quietly whispering Your name

 

Sweet Jesus, sweetest name I know

Sweet Jesus, Your peaceful waters flow

Whisper to me, soft and low

Sweet Jesus, sweet Jesus, the sweetest name I know

 

Words and Music:  Chuck Bentley

Available on the CD, “Love Was Spoken”

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 8

 

 

“Make them Yours, not mine.”

You, O Lord are Who our children need, and You, O Lord are all  our children need.

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As You gave to us Your Son, Christ Jesus, we give to You our children.  May You cause the light of Your love to shine through them in this dark and sinful world.  Into Your hands we commit our precious children.

 

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said,

‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ 

And he said, ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad,

 and do nothing to harm him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’”

Genesis 22:11, 12

 

We include the following song that highlights a “brave” prayer that Lillian Chapman (Steve’s mother) prayed over him when he was thirteen years old. She still prays this prayer over her son as well as Steve’s sister, Jeannie, and all the grand and great grand children. She prays this because she deeply cares about the eternal destiny of each one…and all of us will be forever grateful for…“Mama’s Brave Prayer.”

One day in my early teenage years, Mama came into my room with tears

She said I’ve put it off too long, what I’ve got to do seems wrong

Next to my bed she fell on her knees, she laid her hard working hands on me

Looked up to Jesus and told Him she cared, that’s when I heard my Mama’s brave prayer

 

“If you see he’ll die a sinner, if you see him trade the right for the wrong

Then all I ask of You, Sweet Jesus, go ahead, right now, and take him on home!”

 

She said amen and the room grew still, I’ll not forgot the fear I could feel

And the moments passed, so have the years, I’m glad to say that I’m still here

Now looking back I can see its true, she loved my flesh and my spirit, too

Now heaven waits us and I believe I’ll be there, and I’ll be forever grateful for my Mama’s brave prayer

 

“If you see he’ll die a sinner, if you see him trade the right for the wrong

Then all I ask of You, Sweet Jesus, go ahead, right now, and take him on home!”

 

Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/ Available on the CD, “The Silver Bridge.”

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week 7

 

     “Be the shield against their foes…”

We have no doubt that the forces of hell will attempt to claim our children.  For that reason, Lord, we ask You to protect them WP e cover copywhile they sleep and in their waking hours.   Oh!  Loving Father, keep them from eternal harm! Thank You for Psalm 91 that compels us to pray…

May our children dwell in Your shelter and rest in the safety of Your shadow, Oh, Most High. Reveal to them that You are the only refuge and fortress they can trust.  Draw them near You and assure them that You will save them from the fowler’s snare and from all deadly pestilence.  Cover them, Oh Lord and like a little chick running to its mother, let them find refuge under Your wing in times of trouble.  May Your faithfulness be their shield and rampart.  We put them into Your loving care knowing that a thousand may fall at their side and ten thousand at their right hand, but it will not come near to them if they make You, the Most High, their refuge.  Thank You for taking care them.  We know You love them and that You will answer them when they call on Your name. 

 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped…”

Psalm 28:7