ALL 7 DAYS OF PRAYERS FOR OUR SONS IN ONE PLACE!

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Ask and you shall receive!

I have had many ladies ask me to put all the prayers in one place (which I said I would do in the first prayer post and then forgot to do). So… here they are! Remember that I did not write these! If you know who the author is please let me know so I can give credit! I merely added some mamastrong touches to these glorious prayers! I’ve also included the most popular image quotes (I put them at the end so you can print the prayers without using an entire cartridge of ink). Please pin and share these (and share this post!) so other strong mamas can find this post and pray for their boys! Continue reading

Praying for Our Sons from Head to Toe: Last Day (after a break!)

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Well hello!

I’ve had several folks ask why I dropped off the face of the earth and did not publish the last day (Day 7). Two words:

Life happened.

Sick kids, husband travelled, I helped a friend with a large home project, laundry, training hearts…

I’m sure you know the drill.

And that is the great thing about blogging. I have the blog, the blog does not have me. So thanks for hanging in there! Here’s our final day of prayer for our boys. But we will start with prayer for ourselves…

HIS MAMA

Lord, keep me from worrying about my son. Remind me he is in Your hands. Let me not weaken my faith by carrying the burden of responsibility for his future: You have promised to carry that burden for me! Strengthen me to pour Your word into him, even if he rolls his eyes or suddenly becomes a yawn-monster (and keep me from wrath if that boy dares to look bored when I open Your word!). I am often so lazy when it comes to training his heart. Remind me that Your word never returns void and that you watch over it and will fulfill all of your promises to my son. Give me wisdom to teach my son in a way that his mind and heart can receive You, and let me not just sit him down and try to force-feed him Scripture. Make me creative with fresh ideas and purpose! Let me see him with eyes of grace, for where his sin abounds, Your grace abounds even more. Let us laugh together. Remind me of the incredibly powerful position You have given me in his life. I am his MOTHER. I carried him for 9 months and have tenderly cared for him every day since. Never let me forget (regardless of his behavior towards me) of the immeasurable influence I have for Christ in the life of my son. Humble me, Lord. So often I approach being his mother with a know-it-all attitude when the truth is I am often unsure if I am doing this right. Am I in Your will? Am I doing enough? Father, slay these doubts with Your promises. With Your grace. With Your love. MAKE MY SON LOVE YOU AND FOLLOW HARD AFTER YOU ALL THE DAYS OF HIS LIFE.

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HIS LEGS

Lord, I pray my son will stand firm in the teachings of Christ today (2 Thes. 2:15). I pray he will be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power by putting on the full armor of God so that he will be able to stand against the devil’s schemes (Eph. 6:10-11). Oh Lord, grant him wisdom to see when the enemy is crouching at the door of his heart! Let him not be passive, like Adam, but let the faith of my son be like that of a roaring lion who devours sin before it even looks his way! Increase his faith, Lord, for by faith we are able to stand firm (2 Cor. 1:24). Your Word says that You give strength to the weary and increase power to the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and the young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint (Is. 40:29-31). This is my prayer for my son today.

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HIS FEET

Lord, I pray you will order my son’s steps today, so that his eyes will look straight ahead and fix his gaze directly on You (Prov. 4:25). Oh, Lord, TURN HIS HEART TO YOU TODAY!! I pray he will walk in the way You have commanded (Deut. 5:33). I pray Your love will ever be before him as he walks in Your truth (Ps. 26:3). Lift the heart of my son towards You today and let heaven fill his thoughts. Let him walk away from being like so many other dull-minded young men. Give him a depth of heart, mind and soul. Let him walk in the knowledge of Christ and the depths of Your love.

Blessed is the young man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly (Ps. 1:1) but fears the Lord and walks in His ways (Ps. 128:1). I pray that my son will walk with wise young men so that he may also be wise (Prov. 13:20). I pray he will run the race with endurance and not stumble along the way. I pray he will throw off any sin that entangles him and slows him down (Heb. 12:1). I pray Your word will be a lamp unto his feet today and a light to my son’s path (Ps. 119:105). Make his way clear today, and do not let him stumble into foolishness or wayward thinking.

I pray my son will walk in truth, in light, and in tandem with Christ today (1 Jn. 1:7). “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You (Ps. 84:11-12).

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In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thanks for taking this journey with me! Be comforted in knowing that these prayers have gone forth and will follow your boys for the rest of their lives. They cannot be killed. They cannot be stopped. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have to bring about change in the hearts of our sons because prayer can do anything God can do.

And that is a comforting thought, is it not?

Stay Strong for Your Boys.

Love, DJ

I Guarantee After Reading this You Will Want to Pray for Your Boys

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I confess, I’m tired of the 7 Day Challenge. My prayers have waxed and waned and I have grown weary.  Actually a little bored. Did you notice yesterday I didn’t write any new material, just the prayers (and remember I didn’t write those prayers. They are a resource given to me by someone else that I altered to fit our sons)? That’s me punking out. Getting lazy. That’s my focus failing. My flesh winning… And it is also the enemy seducing me into quitting so that I could be a fraud as mother and a blogger. But most of all, he wants to derail me so that the lives of my sons would not have the strength of prayer (which is the strength of God) moving powerfully in their lives.

Let’s not do that, shall we? Let’s not punk out and give in. Let’s press on.

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When you think about your son’s future, what do you see? What do you desire for him? Is he a good provider and a great husband and father? Is his heart hungry for God from preschool to college? Do you envision him getting up early and spending time in prayer and studying Scripture before his day begins in high school? Or maybe he stands up to the teacher who tries to make a mockery of his faith? This is what I see for my boys. I see them both as men who are gentle and strong, with a great sense of humor. I can see my oldest as a high schooler who walks into a party and immediately leaves because he is repulsed by the porn on the big screen. When I look into his future I can see him falling in love with the word of God and leading others to Christ. Fast forward to manhood and I can see my youngest in the kitchen getting coffee one morning as his wife comes in with the baby, all disheveled and tired. And he still feels in his heart a swell of love and passion for her as he watches her get the baby into the highchair. As he takes that first sip of coffee he prays, “Oh Lord, thank you for my life. Thank you for this woman. This family. Help me to lead them, Father. Help me to protect them and provide. Thank you for all you have done. I love you, Lord, and I will serve you everyday for the rest of my life.”

These are the dreams for my sons that guide my prayers for them.

I am sure there are those reading this that think these are pipe dreams, and the cynicism of life in this world rages forward in their hearts. But not me. I choose something different. I choose NOT TO FALL PREY to the idea that I cannot raise young men who will walk away from popularity and choose the often lonely road of authentic Christianity. I choose to believe that Christ will secure the hearts of my sons for His heart and His purposes. After all, is He not the God who parted the Red Sea? Who was in the furnace with the Hebrew boys? Who WALKED ON WATER and calmed the storm? Is He not the God who healed the blind and lame and BROUGHT PEOPLE BACK FROM THE DEAD? Is this not the God I serve?

Yes.

Yes, He is all and did all of these things. And because I belong to Him I can believe the impossible for my boys because He is the God who slaughtered the impossible on the cross. Jesus consumed death because He is the Author of Life. And He is Life. He is the Consequence-Keeper, the Impossibility-Killer and the Destroyer-of-Doubt. Jesus devours calamity and sin. He not only makes dead things live He causes them to flourish.

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When I look at the world I become afraid for my sons. Do you? I tremble as I think of all they must navigate in this world. It is like a minefield. There is so much coming against them.

But that is the wrong place for me to focus.

When I focus on God, I grow strong and vicious towards the things coming after my sons…

“But the Lord is the true God;
    he is the living God and the everlasting King.
At his wrath the earth quakes,
    and the nations cannot endure his indignation… It is he who made the earth by his power,
    who established the world by his wisdom,
    and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
    and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightnings for the rain,
    and he brings out the wind from his storehouses.” Jeremiah 10:10-13

And then, filled with this strength, with my eyes fixed on the One Who Holds My Sons, I can pray. I can fight for them. I can stand against the enemy who is crouching at the doorway of their lives and I can look him squarely in the eyes and say,

“YOU CANNOT HAVE THEM.”

WHEN I FOCUS ON GOD I AM filled with strength, with my eyes fixed on the One Who Holds My Sons, AND I can pray. I can fight for them. I can stand against the enemy who is crouching at the doorway of their lives and I can look him square (1).jpg

 

Stand with me. Pick up your sword. Let’s pray.

HIS SIDE

Lord, I pray for those with whom my son walks side by side. I pray for his friendships. I pray that he will have godly friends who will sharpen him as iron sharpens iron (Prov. 7:17), who hold him accountable to live a godly life (Prov. 28:23), and who will step in and help him bear burdens when they grow too heavy for him to bear on his own (Gal. 6:2). I pray he will have friends who will stand with him for what is right and good, and pick him up when he falls (Ecc. 4:10).

Lord, bring a Paul into his life-an upright man of God who will pour into my son selflessly and with pure motives. Who will be the voice that confirms all he has heard from me.

Father, I also ask that you would give my son discernment and wisdom when it comes to girls. Make immodesty and lewdness repulsive to him. Bring no simple-minded, shifty, immoral girls or women into his life. Let him flee from sexual impurity and from girls with the spirit of Delilah in them. Let my son not be swayed by his sexual desires but be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Let my son remain sexually pure until marriage, and let that resolve come from his own heart: a covenant promise he makes with the God of his life.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Mamas, keep pressing. Stand. We are in this together!

Love, DJ