So I’ve committed to writing once a week about praying for my children, but occasionally, I’ve diverted. Today is going to be one of the diversions. It’s a good one. This is the second of a three part prayer resource given to me by my mother. Last week’s was “Ways to Pray for Your Children” written up in a week format. This week will be “Ways to Pray for Yourself,” again in a week format. And next week’s? It’ll be “Ways to Pray for Your Husband.” Again, let me give a caveat—this handout my mom gave me did not credit whoever came up with it. If you’ve stumbled across the same content elsewhere and know who put it together, let me know and I’ll add their information to these posts.
As we pray that God change our hearts, our thoughts, our motives and desires, we will become the parents He has us to be for His children. Praying for ourselves isn’t selfish. It isn’t self-absorbed. It is THE WAY God works in our lives and, through us, in our children’s lives. The only way I can be a grace-filled, patient, loving, and insightful mom is by Christ in me. I can’t will it. I can’t think it into being. It can only come from Him and God works through prayer. I want my children to be influenced more by my attitudes and behaviors than my lectures and intentional “teaching moments.” I want my faith, my joy, and my integrity to be contagious. Lord, change me!
1.) That my attitudes towards people and circumstances in my life would glorify God (Heb. 4:12).
2.) That my thought life would be honoring to God (Phil. 4:8).
3.) That I would fight selfishness in my life and work at serving the Lord in everything I do (I Sam. 12:20, 24; Eph. 6:7).
4.) That when I’m called to serve God in an area I feel weak in, I will step forward in faith because His power is perfected in my weaknesses (II Corin. 12:9-10).
5.) That I would learn true humility as modeled by Jesus (I Pet. 5:6; James 4:10; Eph. 4:2).
6.) That I would learn to hold my tongue more today and listen more to God and those around me (James 1:26).
7.) That I would truly and sincerely be contented with all that I have (Phil. 4:11, Heb. 13:5).
8.) That I would be more disciplined in my spending habits and be committed to not worrying about finances (Matt. 6:24, I Pet. 5:7).
9.) That I might be generous in my giving to others: time, money, gifts, abilities, and talents (Phil. 4:15, I Pet. 5:7).
10.) That my motives in all that I do might be pure, righteous, and holy (James 4:3, I Thess. 2:3, I Corin. 4:5, Prov. 16:2).
11.) That I will be honest and sincere with others, not hypocritical or fake (Mark 7:6-7).
12.) That I would work at building Christ-like qualities in my life, working hard not to boast, brag, or do anything to selfishly build myself up (Matt. 23:12, Luke 14:11, James 4:16).
13.) That my private life and daily decisions would reflect an obedience to Christ (I Pet. 1:14, II Corin. 2:9;10:5).
14.) That my emphasis would be on inner beauty and character instead of outward beauty (Prov. 31:30, I Pet. 3:4).
As you read through this week’s verses, what stuck out to you? Two spoke to me right away. That I would fight selfishness in my life and that I would hold my tongue and listen to God and others…
What would you add if you created your own list?