God, watch over our children while my spouse deploys. I ask that You protect our children from any evil spirit that tries to deceive them into thinking that they are to blame for their father’s/mother’s deployment or that his/her deployment means that he/she does not love them. I pray that our children do not resent their father/mother because of his/her chosen profession. Help them to understand that he/she chose to serve our nation because he/she believes in serving something greater than himself/herself. Please do not let our children become overwhelmed with feelings of fear, sadness, or anger because of hi/her departure. As my spouse prepares for deployment instill in him/her a sense of urgency to provide my children the love, attention, and reassurance they need to handle the separation.
In the name of Jesus, I bind all negative effects that this deployment could have on our children. I believe by faith that our children will not revert to bedwetting but experience continued success with potty training. They will not experience nightmares but have Your blessed sleep. They will not develop eating disorders but maintain normal appetites. They will not seek out and engage in conflict or participate in delinquent behavior; rather they will remain friendly to other people and continue to follow the spiritual, moral, and ethical standards that we set for them. They will not attempt to avoid school but continue to enjoy learning and remain focused when doing schoolwork. They will not experience physical health problems due to the physiological stress caused by their father’s/mother’s deployment; instead they are of sound mind and body.
Show my spouse and me the best ways to help our children cope with the deployment, even if that means sending them to professionals. Help my children to know that it is okay and healthy to openly and honestly express what they are feeling. Help my spouse and me not to criticize, judge, or dismiss their feelings in anyway. Rather, let us actively listen to them and empathize with their concerns.
Lord, strengthen me so that I am a calm example for our children. Give me control over my emotions so that I do not spread negativity to our kids. Help me to monitor what my family sees and hears so that we do not expose ourselves to things that will foster fear, doubt, and unbelief. Instead, let us continually feed our spirits with things that will keep our minds edified and positive. Remind me to spend quality time with the children as a family and individually. Give me Your wisdom when it comes to instilling and maintaining structure, order, and discipline in our children. Guide me when it comes to training the kids in the way that they should go so that they do not depart from it. With love and affection, let me continually reassure our children that they are the most treasured part of our family.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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