We pray. Then we wait. And wait. And wait. We become impatient. Then we come up with the clever idea that God needs our help so we create a plan to answer our own prayers! Ever been there? Confession: I have, more times that I would like to admit. Thankfully I am becoming a little wiser and learning that waiting on God is worth it.
Are you still waiting on God to answer your prayers? What are some things you have done to help you as you wait?
I want to encourage you to really consider the words that are coming out of our mouth when speaking to your children. It is easy to become careless with our words. However, a big part of parenting is blessing (affirming) our children. Speaking the word of God over them is the best affirmation. As I speak the word over them, it shapes their identity and they recognize who they are in Christ. Blessing my children with the word of God also combats the schemes of the enemy and cancels every curse.
Below is a brief worksheet that I created to get the process started to encourage you to speak life (blessings) over your children. Take some time to fill out this worksheet and reflect on the suggested verses. Pray and ask the Lord to help you prioritize spending time with in prayer and the study of His word so that He can fill your mouth with what to say as you parent. Be sure to visit this link for suggestions on scripture that you can speak/pray over your children.
BLESSING OUR CHILDREN BY SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD OVER THEM
Scripture tells us that _________and ___________ are in the _________of the _________(Proverbs 18:21).
Whose words should you speak over your children?
John 6:63 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Can we speak life (the word of God) over our children? Can we decree blessings over them if we don’t know the word?
Briefly write down your game plan for studying God’s word starting this week. Consider the following questions as you create your plan.
Let’s get personal
On a normal day, what are some of the things you say to your children (when you are angry with them, when their behavior displeases you, when they interrupt you)?
What are your biggest areas of struggle as a parent? In what ways have your children challenged you?
What are some specific scriptures you can speak over your children to combat these issues?
Don’t forget to visit this site to get ideas on scriptures you can pray over your children. Be blessed!
I used to be really good at playing pretend but then I got tired. Somewhere along the road, I realized that playing games can get real old.
When I stopped pretending, that’s when I learned how to pray
Stop pretending that everything is ok when it is not
Stop pretending like it doesn’t hurt when it does
Stop pretending that I want to do the right thing when everything in me is screaming go left
Stop pretending like I am perfect. Oh you already knew…I am not
So I pray
Honest I don’t want to do it God
This is just not fair God
How come God?
Child to parent dialogue
My Good Good Father…He listens
I whisper the darkest secrets of my heart
Thoughts I didn’t even know where there, ugly thoughts
Prayer is my therapy, I unload the burden
He continues to listens
Yes I have a really good father… I am blessed like that
I am learning He is not looking for an act
He requires honesty
The kind of honesty that scares nice church folks
Yep I know the right answer… I shouldn’t think like that
But what happens when I do
Confession: And I sometimes do
No pretense cause that’s outdated and ineffective
In honest prayers, I am not the only one that speaks
My good good father he response
With His truth
He knows that even in my brokenness
Even in my humanity
I have said Yes to His will, Yes to Him being Lord of my life
A Yes I won’t take back
So in my no pretending prayer
He molds me
He refreshes me
He reminds me
He corrects me
He fills me again with His spirit,
Bringing an even greater death to Anika
How about you over there, have you been praying no pretending prayers? Or is it difficult for you to share the ugly parts of you with God? Leave a comment and let me know.
I have really been thinking about the fire of God lately and quite frankly I DON’T WANT TO SHAKE IT. I don’t want it to be a fleeting thought.
I want His fire to consume me.
I want to look more like Him…not thinking of myself more highly than I ought to, not striving to please man, not having an inward focus, and not putting a cap on my ability to love. I want His supernatural love to flow through me….an overflow!
I can’t get to this place without His fire. I can’t live beyond what is normal without His fire. I won’t be willing to color outside the lines without His fire.
I want to operate in boldness and not be paralyzed by the possibility of being persecuted and not being liked. I want to speak His unpopular truths without reservation even though I know there will be a direct backlash. Yes Jesus I want a Holy Ghost wildfire in me. I want you to set a fire down in my soul!
What is your favorite prayer posture? Leave a comment and let me know.
Politicians are notorious for telling voters what they want to hear. To win your vote, they make promises they know they won’t keep. They sing us sweet lullabies of better days ahead. They go to great lengths and hire people to write speeches that will evoke loud applauses. Election time can become one big circus. If I am not careful, I can fall into the trap of praying like a politician.
God is not concerned about me giving speeches in prayer; telling Him what I think He wants to hear. He is not asking me to make empty promises. He is not asking me to have well thought out phrases and giving Him my resume. He is not impressed by any of this.
I had the privilege to once again hear this dynamic man of God speak this weekend. He spoke on being a house of prayer. He reminded me that in order to get to this point, I must be like Jesus and pray RAW HONEST prayers. Jesus is inviting me and you to come and tell Him all, withholding nothing.
He invites me to cast all my cares on Him. Telling Him the good, the bad and the ugly. Allow Him to see my heart, inviting me to replace my filth with His righteousness and giving me a greater level of freedom.
He invites me to come and tell Him that I really don’t want to forgive because the offense just seemed too great and the offender never said sorry. RAW HONEST EMOTIONS. He invites me to cry out and ask Him to help me go beyond my feelings and ask Him for the grace to walk in forgiveness as many times as it is needed!
He invites me to be honest, take off my church face, abandon my well-crafted speeches and tell Him that I feel doubt overtaking me. When I have been in the wilderness longer than I would like and I begin to wonder if He has forgotten about what He has promised. He wants me to have raw conversations with Him about my doubts and then sit long enough to get His faith infused answer giving me the proper perspective to continue to believe!
He invites me to be honest and tell Him that my flesh loves the applauses of man making me sometimes more focused on pleasing them instead of pleasing Him. He wants me to be honest and tell Him that I struggle to not think too much of myself. It is then that He begins to show me how to be like Him, how to imitate His humility. Jesus type of humility can never be fabricated, only in prayer can pride be put to death!
I officially resign from praying like a politician. I want to be a house of prayer, flowing in the power of God. Teach me Lord. How about you?