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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Praying for our Sons~ DAY TWO

Dearest Prayer Warriors,

I hope you were blessed by the opportunity to pray for your sons yesterday. I pray that that blessing multiplies and overflows with each day you spend in prayer for your son! If this is new to you, inserting a name into a verse of Scripture and claiming that promise, you will soon discover that is a beautiful way for God’s Word to come alive in your life and the lives of those you pray for.

Did the LORD speak to you as you prayed for your boys? Did he give you a vision for them (or you!) or impress something specific upon your heart? I encourage you to share it! If not here, then be sure to share it with your spouse…or even your son. Something about sharing with another allows us to testify to the active role God plays in our daily lives. It draws us closer to him!

By the way, these are the young men I’m praying for~

Today, we will pray for our sons to be obedient unto the LORD in all things. In my household, we are experiencing a season of challenge in this area. Can you relate? Let’s take it to the LORD!


Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the privilege of raising these “arrows”. What a blessing they are! Help us and guide us to train them the way you would have them go, to “fly straight”. Help us to be obedient to your commands so that we might be an example to our children. Bless them and keep them, LORD.
In Jesus’ Precious Name,

Day 2 | Action Steps

Read | The Importance of Obedience (pg. 13-14) in the eBook, “Warrior Prayers” and work through any (or all) of the Study Questions that enhance your time in this challenge.

Pray | Work through the 10 prayers on Obedience (pg. 15) using whatever method works best for you.

Comment | Let’s work through Study Question #2 together in the comment section to encourage and equip each other as parents.  “Do you have a plan for teaching your son(s) obedience?  Or are you more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of parent?  Any tips or suggestions for others?  Anyone have a question they’d like to throw out?

Day Two – Obedience
Encouragement from Brooke, author of Warrior Prayers~ Praying the Word for Boys in the areas they need it most

I don’t think there is another issue in my parenting that causes me as much stress as getting my children to obey me. I know it’s a vitally important concept to teach them. In fact, I’ve heard it said that if a man can’t submit to Jesus, he will never be able to lead a woman (Tommy Nelson, Love & Romance Conference). No pressure, right moms?
Depending on what methods we use, we CAN make our sons obey. We can MAKE them obey us. But at the risk of sounding a little lazier than I really am as a parent I would submit this:
Obeying God is intimately linked to loving Him. If we focus too much on forcing our boys to change their outward behavior, and forget to hold out the great depth of love that sent a Savior to the cross, we’re running the risk of raising little Pharisees.
“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” ~John 14:21

Today's Instructions

Commit to reading the chapter on Obedience and praying the ten prayers below during Day Two. (For ideas on how to do this, see Day One ).

Obedience Prayers
(fill in the blanks with your son’s name)

Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, may __________________ obey the LORD our God so that it will go well with him (Jeremiah 42:6).
May __________________ obey his parents in the Lord, for this is right (Ephesians 6:1).
May __________________ obey his leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over his soul, as those who will have to give an account. Let __________________ do this with joy and not with groaning (Hebrews 13:17).
May __________________ obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).
May __________________ return to the LORD His God, and obey with all his heart and all his soul all the commands God has given (Deuteronomy 30:2).
May __________________  walk after the LORD His God and fear Him and keep his commandments and obey His voice. May he serve Him and hold fast to Him (Deuteronomy 13:4)
May __________________ stop his sinning and begin to obey the LORD his God (Jeremiah 26:13).
May __________________ obey Jesus’ commandments, and remain in His love (John 15:10).
May __________________ show his love for Christ by obeying His commands (John 14:15).
May we be full of joy at __________________ ‘s obedience (Romans 16:19).

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