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Monday, May 7, 2012

P4S~ Day 7 Purity

Prayerful Moms,

Renewing our vows ♥
Are you still with me? Today, our seventh day of prayer is a small milestone. We are 1/3 of the way through our 21 day prayer challenge for our sons! Praise the LORD for keeping us on track and committed to setting aside time each day to pray for our sons. (Fall behind or miss a day? No worries, just jump back in and follow along. Your prayers are no less valuable!)
Today we will pray for our sons to remain pure. Pure in heart, pure in spirit, pure in body. If you have young sons, you might also pray for their future brides to remain pure as well. Older, grown sons? Pray for them to remain pure in their marriage. For all of them, pray for protection and for the strength to flee from temptation.
I invite each of you to join me in today’s prayers for Purity and to share your comments and prayer requests below.

READ | If you haven’t already, read through “Men Set Apart” (pg. 20-21) and work through any (or all) of the Study Questions that enhance your time in this challenge!

PRAY | Work through the 10 prayers on Purity (pg. 24) using whatever method works best for you!

COMMENT | Our culture does not hold “purity” (of heart or body) in high regard – in fact, it often pushes the younger generation to ignore this key component of character in favor of exploration and doing whatever “feels right.”  As a parent, how do you uphold purity (physical/mental/emotional) in your home as a standard of who your son(s) is/are supposed to be in Christ?  Any advice/encouragement for parents whose son may have strayed from this standard?

Day Seven – Purity
Encouragement from Hal & Melanie Young{Parents of SIX boys and authors of one of my favorite books on raising boys, Raising Real Men.}
The past ten years have brought a brutal assault on the purity of young men. Where it used to be that a young man had to happen upon a stash of wickedness in an uncle's footlocker for a few stolen moments or risk his reputation to go buy something in person at a store, now the evil comes looking for him. The average age of porn exposure is now 11 years old!
So how do we prepare our guys for this huge battle that is about to face them? How do we help them be strong and stay pure, so that one day they'll be knights in shining armor for their brides? We've got to get there first and be "the first with the most," as General Nathan Bedford Forest, the Civil War cavalry commander used to say. We need to be open and honest with our boys starting while Mama still gives them their bath and continuing through graduation and beyond--explaining and answering their questions, but especially putting it all in to the context of God's gift for marriage alone. Establishing that frankness and communication from the very start will really pay off when they enter the testosterone years.
Understanding what's going on is not nearly enough for our boys, though, especially as they become teens. We need to prepare them to look for the snares our enemy lays for them, give them tools to help them fight temptation, and make sure they have accountability that helps them stand firm. Too many mothers we talk to are in denial that their sons are old enough or sinful enough (hint: we all are) to face these temptations. That's sad, because their sons need their help!
We can help them, too, by praying for them. We need to pray for protection for them and pray they'll be strong enough to flee temptation - and pray for the princesses they will one day claim!
"And all who have this eager expectation
will keep themselves pure,
just as He is pure."
~1 John 3:3, NLT
Prayers for Purity
May__________have love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5).
May__________hope in God and thus purify himself (1 John 3:3).
May__________have religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unstained from the world (James 1:27).
May__________think on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, may he think about these things (Philippians 4:8).
May__________be like the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).
May there be no violence in__________'s hands, and his prayer be pure (Job 16:17).
May__________be pure, because even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright (Proverbs 20:11).
May__________'s love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that he may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ (Philippians 1:9-10).
How can__________keep his way pure? By guarding it according to God’s Word (Psalm 119:9).
May__________be blameless and innocent, a child of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation (Philippians 2:15).

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