So many times I find myself praying for the same things for my children.
That they are healthy.
They they are safe.
That they are obedient.
The other day I was reading the Bible, and I came upon Philippians 1:9-11:
I pray that your love will overflow more and more,
and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.
For I want you to understand what really matters,
so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—
the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—
for this will bring much glory and praise to God (NLT).
As I read it I thought: This is a perfect Scripture to pray for my kids.
I’ve broken this prayer into seven days, and I found other Scriptures to pray too. Won’t you join me?
Sunday: Pray for love that overflows
Lord, may the love of _______ increase and overflow for those in our family and for everyone else (1 Thess. 3:12).
Monday: Pray for growth in knowledge
Lord, may _______ grow to love your Word. May the heart of _______ trust your commands. May _______ seek good judgment. Fill _______ with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives (Ps. 119:66, Col. 1:9).
Tuesday: Pray for understanding of what really matters
Lord, may _______ know your will and understand what is right because of your law. May _______ not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be transformed into a new person through changed thoughts and through knowing your perfect and pleasing will (Rom. 2:18, 12:2).
Tricia Goyer has written more than 35 books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and nonfiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts, Thriving Family, Proverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine.