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A Parent's Prayer (from Romans 12)

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This morning I read Romans 12 and thought, "Wow! This is a masterful prayer for parents (me) to pray over my kids. It says everything I want for them."

So here it is--Romans 12, turned into a parents' prayer for their children, no matter how young or old they are. It is a prayer over their destiny. (You can also read "A prayer of destiny over your family" here.)

Dear Lord God,
I ask for Holy Spirit to influence my children.
May they present themselves wholly to you to you as you want to. Help them not conform to the lifestyles in this world But be transformed from the inside out— May they meditate on Scripture and see the world as you see it. Give them wisdom to discern your perfect will.
Help them to be humble and serving in the church, To take their gifts and talents seriously, knowing you gave them abilities to be used in the body of Christ and not for their own improvement and satisfaction. Give them success by your standards. (A prayer about your child's success

Praying over a hard decision

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I read The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman this past week. It was good timing, since I'm poised to make several decisions that I don't know how to make.

Life decisions are mostly good/good decisions, aren't they? Not good/bad (which would be way easier). What is the next right thing that we should do today? Just do that.

Let's start with a prayer.

Oh, Lord,

I have a decision to make.
I really don't know what to do.
The choices are both good, 
one clearly benefits me more.
Does that make it worse than the other?

I want to glorify you
and bring you honor.
Show me what to do,
and I'll do it.
And if it doesn't matter--
please give me peace about one of the choices.
I love you.

Amen.


"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted …

It's not about me

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Oh, Lord,

This life is not about me.

My pain is not about me.
My relationships are not about me.
My purpose is not about me.
My success is not about me.
My plans are not about me.

Or at least, they shouldn't be.

It's all about you
working through me,
changing me,
changing the world.

What an enormous task you've begun!
I wonder why you use me at all.

So when I sin--
when I misrepresent you--
when I disappoint myself--
when I hurt others--
when I give up--
when I hide--
when I don't believe--
it's all about me.

Life is hard.
Wisdom is difficult.
I only have my own perspective.
But I need yours.

Sometimes your heart is hard to see
because I can only see mine.
I must lean into you,
dig deeper,
remove my blinders,
open my soul to listen.

You alone.
Forgive me for listening to the voices around me
instead of yours.

Amen.


Serving our community with prayer and hard work

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Dear Lord,

We are serving our community this week.
You are reminding us of your great love and mercy
so that we are not distracted by the world we want to see
or ignorant of the world we don't want to see.
May the condition of the buildings we fix,
the lawns we weed,
the materials we stock,
the lives we uplift--
may it all glorify your name and reflect your love for the whole world.
Let us be your hands and feet to our neighbors.
Nothing is too hard,
too awkward,
too humbling,
too uncomfortable to do
that Jesus hasn't already experienced for me.
Thank you for your love and grace toward me
and your overflowing blessings.
Help me reach out to others every day,
not just on a missions week.

In Jesus' precious name,
Amen.


We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your ]faith;if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is g…

A prayer for kids' camp

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Lord Jesus,

You're having such an amazing week at camp
watching your children love your children.

The little ones, away from home for the first time,
are making friends,
trying foods,
listening to lessons,
playing new game,
admiring teenagers,
learning more about who you are.
This week will change them forever.

The teenagers, away from friends and parents,
are taking care of children,
applying sunscreen,
wiping tables,
counting heads,
organizing activities,
leading cheers,
sacrificing themselves for little people.
This week will change them forever.

The adults, away from work and families,
are organizing events,
mentoring teenagers,
hugging children,
losing sleep,
staying positive,
teaching lessons,
running games,
investing in the future.
This week will change them forever.

I pray your blessing over all of them.
Keep them safe,
healthy,
receptive,
tender.

You want to speak to each of them.
You want to nudge them into the next phase of their spiritual development.
You want each of …

Thank you for fathers

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Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for creating fatherhood
and for men who are courageous and sacrificial while they do it.
Praise God for men that take on the challenge of fatherhood,
who grow into it,
adapt to it,
love it.

Thank you for my dad,
even though I have no significant memories of him.
Even though he died at 33,
he left a legacy.
He had already started building something that would last.

He left big shoes to fill
and a wife determined to fill them.
Thank you for my mother.
For their marriage.
For their commitment to you.

Thank you for all parents
who love their children
and raise them to be responsible,
caring, giving, and God-honoring.
You leave your legacy on all of us.

What a tribute a good father is to you,
the greatest of all fathers,
the one and only.

I praise and thank you for who you are.
Amen.


A scary prayer for grace

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Lord,

I need some grace in my life.
Not for me--I know I already have that in excess.
You lavish your grace and mercy on me,
when, of course, I don't deserve it.
Thank you for that.
It's truly incomprehensible.

I must not be living in consciousness of your grace all the time
because I am often ungracious towards other people.
Me, who's highly flawed,
finds time and energy to judge other people who are also highly flawed.

I get annoyed,
impatient,
frustrated,
upset.

I know that makes me human.
Your grace has told me you understand my frailties
and you love me anyway.
(Once again, thank you.)

If your power is made perfect in weakness,
why do I rebel against my own weakness
and criticize other people's weaknesses.
It's so hypocritical.

I want your power to flow through me,
yet I pretend and fight against the weaknesses that make
your power visible.

I think the antidote to gracelessness is humility.
My flaws should do the trick there,
but I guess I cover them up and pre…