Friday, April 1, 2011

Ways Mothers Can Pray for Themselves

1) That I will be convicted of any personal hypocrisy lived out before my children, contradicting what I say by what I do, and, when appropriate, admit my sin to my children.

Matthew 7:3-6
And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend.  'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in  your own eye, then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.  Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy.  Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. 

2) That  my words, looks, and actions will clearly reflect to my children that my husband is loved, honored and cherished. 

Proverbs 31:10-12
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.  Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.  She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life.

Ephesians 5:33
So, again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

3) That I will never be too tired to angry or negligent to discipline my children wisely.

Proverbs 29:17
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.

4) That I will resist the enticement of popularity for my children and be willing for our family to be different from the world's standards.

I Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord doesn't see things the way you see them.  People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Psalm 37
Don't worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.  For like grass, they soon fade away.  Like spring flowers, they soon wither.  Trust in the Lord and do good.  Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.  Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart's desire.  Commit everything  you do to the Lord.  Trust him, and he will help you.  He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.  Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.  Stop being angry!  Turn from you rage! Do not lose your temper it only leads to harm.  For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.  Soon the wicked will disappear.  Though you look for them, they will be gone.  The lowly will posses the land and will live in peace and prosperity.  The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.  But the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgement coming.  The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right.  But their swords will stab their own hearts, and their  bows will be broken.  It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich.  For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord takes care of the godly.  Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.  They will not be disgraced in hard times even in famine they will have more than enough.  But the wicked will dies.  The Lord's enemies are like flowers in a field--they will disappear like smoke.  The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.  Those the Lord blesses will possess the land, but those he curses will die.  The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.  Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.  Once I was young, and now I am old.  Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.  The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.  Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever.  For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly.  He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.  The godly will possess the land and will live there forever.  The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.  They have made God's law their own, so they will never slip from his path.  The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them.  But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.  Put your hope in the Lord.  Travel steadily along his path.  He will honor you by giving you the land.  You will see the wicked destroyed.  I have seen wicked and ruthless people flourishing like a tree in its native soil.  But when I looked again, they were gone! Though I searched for them, I could not find them!  Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.  But the rebellious will be destroyed; they have no future.  The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble.  The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked.  He saves them, and they find shelter in him.

5) That I will know when to step in and take charge of a situation for my children and when to step back and let them learn for themselves.

Proverbs 16:9
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

6) That I will daily remember my own need to be taught by God's Word and filled with His Spirit so that I reflect the joy of the Lord before my children.

Psalm 16:11
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence  and the pleasure of living with you forever.

7)That prayer will be my immediate response to family joys and crises alike.

Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit at all time and on every occasion.  Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

8) That I will be able to shield my children against premature association with sexuality, sophistication in ideas and dress, and unnecessary knowledge of the world.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-17
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.  A time to kill and a time to heal.  A time to tear down and a time to build up.  A time to cry and a time to laugh.  A time to grieve and a time to dance.  A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.  A time to embrace and a time to turn away.  A time to search and a time to quit searching.  A time to keep and a time to throw away.  A time to tear and a time to mend.  A time to be quiet and a time to speak.  A time to love and a time to hate.  A time for war and a time for peace.  What do people really get for all their hard work?  I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.  Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.  he has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end.  So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.  And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.  And I know that whatever God does in final.  nothing can be added to it or taken away from it.  God's purpose is that people should fear him.  What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.  I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom.  Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt! I said to myself, "In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds."

Last week at MOPS we talked about this (How as Mom's we can pray for ourselves) and wanted to share it.

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