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Prayer Devotional: Day 129

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬7 NKJV

God is love and also models love for us.

The love of God, our spouse, and our children are the most important priorities we can have. Our families can sometimes undergo some strain, especially in difficult and stressful times such as the pandemic.

When we are tempted to say something rude or speak before we think, we can pause and ask ourselves what Jesus would say if He were in our shoes. He went through everything that we go through, and then some, but He didn’t sin. He endured till the end. He gives us strength to get through whatever we are going through.

God loves us beyond compare. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 349

Day 349

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24 NIV

Jesus knew how to pray. Our Heavenly Father loved Jesus before He created the world, so to offer up His only son in order to save humanity was an incredible sacrifice.

A parent’s love is profound.

I thank God every day for my son, who is three years old. He brings joy to my life, and I can’t help but share every time he does something cute.

Our Heavenly Father wants to share with everyone so that they know Jesus. When we know Jesus, every aspect of our lives is better. He can give us peace like no other. Amen.

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Prayer Journal: Day 335

Day 335

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. – Isaiah 65:24 NIV

The Lord hears our cry even before we fold our hands and bow our heads to pray. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

When we surrender our worries and burdens to the Lord, He helps us focus on the lighter work of spreading the gospel.

Parents can easily distinguish their child’s cry from the cries of other kids. They are tuned in to their child’s dilemmas and are othen readily available to meditate situations. Children may not like to share and have to be taught.

The Lord is tuned in to our voices. He doesn’t ignore us. He asks us to share our faith, even if we don’t know how or what to say. He puts the right words in our months to encourage others. We can trust Him. 
We are blessed to have such a kind Heavenly Father. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 333

Day 333

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:17 NIV

Children’s emotions easily change from one moment to another. One second they are laughing and the next they are crying. But to see a child at play is a joy.

Do we as adults feel joy as easily knowing that we are children of God and co-heirs with Jesus? Do we always rejoice in our eternal inheritance? If not, it’s because we are distracted. The devil likes to throw whatever he can at us to discourage us, but make no mistake, the Lord has already won the battle. We can’t let things sap us of joy; we are entitled to happiness and peace. Each day has a little bit of joy. It’s our job to see it. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 320

Day 320

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. – Psalms 100:4 NIV

We can thank God for the happy moments that contrast the bad ones. Spending time with family can renew our spirits, especially when we feel out of energy.

Children don’t have trouble staying in the moment, a form of praise to God. They delight in socializing, running, and laughing. Those moments are precious. We can be thankful for that. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 252

Day 252

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2 NIV

When we trust in the Lord, things work out for us. Our children love us. Our work is fulfilling. Our salvation is secure. 

The Lord gives us strength when we are weak and tired. He never forgets about us. He takes relationships and restores them. His love reflects upon every aspect of our lives when we seek Him first. He is good, and all good things come from Him. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 251

Day 251

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Motherhood is full of paradoxes: fear and triumph, joy and sorrow. We do our best as parents, but God is the ultimate guardian of our children. We can teach our children about Him, but we can’t force them to accept Him.

Our Heavenly Father takes joy when we acknowledge Him. 

It is so sweet to hear my son say, “I love you, mom.” For years, I focused on my academic achievements and work. I didn’t necessarily picture what joy a child might bring to my life, but my son is more important than any degree or award I could achieve. He loves me because I am his mom. I pray that when he grows up, he will always love the Lord and will remember the values that my husband and I taught him.

Our Lord always gives us a choice. He loves us beyond comprehension. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 181

Day 181

Nevertheless I am continually with you; You hold me by my right hand. – Psalm 73:23 NKJV 

There is something very sweet and innocent about holding the hand of a child. Holding hands is for protection and guidance of the child, but it is about comfort as well. 

We need God’s love, comfort, and protection. In many ways, if we could just trust Jesus the way our children trust us, we would save ourselves a lot of worry.

God is there for us. He is with us continually, day and night, even when we are asleep. He cares for us.

He keeps us from falling. He guides us away from danger. 

When we try to rely on our own strength, we realize very quickly that listening to God is much better than self reliance because God is infinitely better at helping us and guiding us than we are. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 129

Day 129

He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11 NIV

The Lord is gentle with us, as a shepherd cares for his sheep. He comforts us when we are feeling down. He restores us when we are tired. He especially helps us when we have children to tend to who need constant supervision and love.

We can easily get ourselves into trouble, but He is there to catch us when we fall. The path of righteousness sometimes seems hard, but in the end it will all be worth it.

He created us, and He saved us. We can trust that wherever He leads us, it is safe to follow. He will not lead us astray. He will not forget that we need directions and a map. He can guide us to the way everlasting. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 76

Day 76

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

God loves us, and that never changes. Like a good father, He corrects us when we are wrong. He can help change our thoughts so we can follow Him better. We sometimes make mistakes. We get frustrated and angry, but God’s love endures forever. We can be thankful for that.

It’s difficult for a parent when a child doesn’t do what is right. It is our responsibility to teach them the way that they should go, but we can’t require them to listen. 

I’m sure that it frustrates God when we rebel and don’t listen. But He doesn’t give up on us. He loves us no matter what, and so must we. He is the best Father we could have to teach us.

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