I Pray That You Will Follow Him Your Whole Life Long

Philippians 1:9-11

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Thought for the Day: A prayer for our children

As parents, we pray our children will follow Christ and will learn to live in a way that is Godly and loving.  Listening to Christian music over the past week, a song has played several times bringing thought to me.  As I listened to the words of the song over and over again, I thought maybe I was supposed to heed the words somehow.  It is not a popular song and it is not new, but it has a great message, a prayer for our children:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmOyvlaDNLY

I pray the Lord will hold you close and keep you through the night,
That you will wake up smiling in the early morning light,
That He will always comfort you and make you brave and strong,
I pray that you will follow Him your whole life long.
I pray that you will grow up to be wise and good and true,
I pray that you will please the Lord in everything you do,
I pray that you will hear His voice and learn to sing His song,
I pray that you will follow Him your whole life long.

I pray that you will follow Him,
I pray that you will follow Him,
I pray that you will follow Him your whole life long.

I pray the Lord will bless you with His presence every day,
I pray he will protect you every step along the way,
Help you love what’s right and lead you far away from wrong,
I pray that you will follow Him your whole life long.

I pray that you will follow Him,
I pray that you will follow Him,
I pray that you will follow Him your whole life long.

As my children awoke this morning, and I looked at the words of this song, I thought about how I need to pray for them.  Sometimes, I get overwhelmed with life and forget the simple words I need to pray and to share with my children each day.  So, here they are, in the words of a song by Twila Paris….as simple group of words forming the message of what we need to share with our children.

Today, I pray a simple prayer.  I pray that my children will grow in their love for God and that they will feel His presence.  I pray that my children will feel that presence and will follow God.  I know I follow God as I have every day of my life and I know God has carried me through.  I want my children to know that God is carrying them through each day and that His will for each of them is that they follow Him every day of their lives.  That is my prayer.

Prayer:  God, thank You for giving us these words of prayer to pray for our children.  Help us remember to teach our children that following You is simple, and that we need to teach them that You want them to follow You.  In following You, they will learn to love and grow in Your way.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Praying for Children

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