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“All of my children are taught by the LORD, and great is their peace.” Isaiah 54:13

Peace is a comprehensive concept in Scripture. The Hebrew meaning for shalom encompasses every possible blessing we can imagine. Let’s take the definition of shalom and apply it in prayer to the lives of our children today. Remember that faith calls things that are not – to our physical senses – as though they actually were. Faith denies, in a sense, what our physical senses discern, for faith knows that reality is much more than meets the eye!

Father,

I thank you for the promise of your Word that declares that you are teaching my children. Because they are educated by You, they are experiencing peace in every dimension of their lives. I declare that their shalom is great – established, expansive, extensive, and extraordinary! I thank You that their peace is strong in every capacity. Thank you that you are prospering them financially so that all their needs are fully supplied by Your riches. I thank you that they are experiencing health in their bodies, the supernatural healing and strength that come from you. I appreciate your protection over their physical lives, giving them safety from storms both physical and metaphysical. I thank you that they are experiencing contentment in every area of their lives. I praise you that they are walking in peace with me, with our family, and in every human relationship including their enemies. Thank you that soundness of mind is theirs and that you have given them the mind of Christ, a mind that is quick to learn, quick to remember to follow you, quick to obey you, quick to forgive others, and free from all fear. Thank you for teaching my children and for watching over their welfare today and every day! I thank you that you are transforming them into whole, complete, mature individuals that are truly alive.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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“You have stayed at this mountain long enough!

It is time to break camp and move on.” (Deuteronomy 1:6 NLT)

The Israelites had just been delivered from slavery, they had received and agreed to the terms of God’s covenant, and it was time to move on towards the land of Canaan, the land of their promised blessing. Have you been hesitating or procrastinating walking into the promises God has for you? Perhaps you’re afraid of the unknown. Perhaps you’re lacking in the confidence needed to accomplish what God is calling you to do. Remember this: it’s not about you. God will help you and grant you everything you need to accomplish His purposes. Get up and move on! Move on from relationships that have held you back. Move on from condemnation over past mistakes. Move on from discouraging words spoken over your life. Move on from fear. Move on from just being stuck in a rut. Move on, my friend! The promises of God are awaiting you!

Father,

It’s been lovely at the mountain, learning of you, growing in you, hearing your Word and catching a vision for my future, but you are calling me to action. I know what I need to do, yet I hesitate. I lack confidence in myself, which ultimately shows my lack of faith in Your strong arm to help me. Forgive me, Lord. Help me to remember that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I will hesitate no more. I will procrastinate no more. I’m breaking camp, letting go of everything that it holding me back, and I am moving on with you!

Amen!

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Today we will pray for our children directly from Paul’s letter in Philippians 1:3-11 NLT. We have emboldened the Scripture below.

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.

Thank you, Father, for my child. Thank you for how you have wired him/her. Thank you for the gifts and talents you have bestowed.

Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

It gives me joy to bring this child to your throne, Lord. And I believe in faith that this child will join me in spreading the love of God everywhere.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

How grateful I am, God, that you are not finished with us yet. And that you will complete the work you have begun in my child – the work of transforming him/her into your beautiful image.

So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God… in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

May my child feel the love, compassion, and commitment I have towards him/her. May we both experience your grace in new measures.

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 he/she know your great love and may that great love overflow and manifest in his/her love for people.

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.

I pray, Father, that my child will bring you praise and glory in the way that he/she conducts his/her life in righteous behavior, decisions, commitment, conversation, and deeds of love.

In Jesus Name! Amen!

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Father,

Teach our children to learn how to love. You’ve spelled it out, defined it, drawn the boundaries around it, and painted a picture of what it looks like with every step Jesus took on this earth. I speak Your Word over them as I pray….

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Lord, make them patient and kind, secure and not jealous, humble and polite with each other. Help them to look out for each other’s best, not just their own. May they avoid toxic words and unforgiving tones. Keep them ever mindful to praise you in all circumstances. Keep their passion high, their faith high, their hopes high, and their bodies, minds, and spirits strong.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

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