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How to intercede and confess for your children

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*Praying Parent Tip: Click on the links below to find 20 additional prayers for parents to pray over their children. The Challenge: We can do more than pray for our children to have a good day or pray God's protection over them. We can pray for them to feel conviction. We can confess their sins. We can cover them with blessing. We can give grace for their failures and trust God with their futures . We can offer them up as living sacrifices every day because they belong to God, and we are parents merely to steward their souls and disciple them in Christ. We must stand in the gap for them, to raise them up in the Word, to lead them to Jesus, to model faith., to pray for their growth. This is Christian parenting . The Example: " Early in the morning he [Job] would sacrifice a burnt offering  for each of them, thinking, 'Perhaps my children have sinned  and cursed God  in their hearts.' This was Job’s regular custom." ( Job1:5-6 ) The Prayer: Lord God, You are a Fa

I'm drowning (and other fears God can handle)

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  Lord, save me-- I'm drowning. Lord, show me-- I'm doubting . Lord, catch me-- I'm afraid . You are God.  Your ways are unknowable, but they are always good . Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. In Jesus' name, Amen. "Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.   When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. 'It’s a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: ' Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'  'Lord, if it’s you,' Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.'  'Come,'  he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.   But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ' You of little faith,'  he said, ' why did you doubt?'  And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.   Th

You can have my heart

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  Oh Lord, Healer of hearts and restorer of souls, You can have my heart .  All of it. Help my heart to long for the things you care about, the people you love, and the mission you gave us. Protect my heart from longing for the transitory happiness found in this life. Protect my heart from pining for wealth, status, acceptance, and prosperity. Fill my heart with your love so that I can love people the way you do. Most of all, Satisfy me with your love.  It's so easy to cling to the desires I have in this life when you have such a grander life planned for me. Cleanse my heart from selfish desires. Renew my heart from disappointment . Steady my heart from fear. Prepare my heart for resilience . Protect my heart from deceptive strategies of the enemy. My heart is yours. I trust you. It's yours. In Jesus' name,  Amen. The Bible contains 725 uses of the word "heart." There are 127 uses in the Psalms alone.  "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, wh

The battle is yours, Lord, and you will win this

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Lord Jesus, You are powerful and mighty, you are full of grace and mercy. You have plans that we cannot comprehend, that stretch across millennium and yet see every single person. My battle belongs to you. You will show a victory-- your victory-- which is always about souls and always for your glory. Help me join what you are doing and fight what you are fighting. This battle -- and every battle I face--belongs to you. I can't wait to see how you're going to win it. I love you. In Jesus' name, Amen. "All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword  or spear that the  Lord  saves;  for the battle  is the  Lord ’s" ( 1 Samuel 17:47 ) Some other prayers of spiritual warfare: Will you pray for us? (trending #1 for the last week on 7 Prayers That Work) What satan has robbed you of and how to get it back Kick the devil's butt today--he's going to lose anyway My intercessory prayer for you Spiritual warfare over the rebellious child (#1 post of all t