We all have a journey in life. Sometimes, the journey’s sea is calm. And sometimes? Well, sometimes, the sea is rough…and messy. Especially when you have a child who has taken a detour.
But…practical ways of navigating those rough waters are offered by my guest Lori Wildenberg, who has authored a new book entitled Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home.
In the book, Lori offers practical and truth-filled ways of piloting this sensitive relationship with a child, “whether they are rejecting faith, dabbling in sin, or wholeheartedly embracing sinful behavior,” as the book blurb reveals. “After all, their struggle isn’t really with you, it’s with God.”
Hangeth thou in there. There is hope.
7 Mountain Moving Prayers to Pray for Your Kids
My daily prayers for my kids have become rote. My consistent plea is, “Lord, draw each one of my kids to yourself. Give them a hunger for your Word, a thirst for worship, and a desire to make you smile.”
Not a bad prayer. I just pray it a lot. I’m bored. I wonder if God is a little weary, too. My prayer life sounds like blah, blah, blah. Clang, clang, clang.
It’s time to change it up. Refresh my requests.
I want to pray bold and effective prayers.
I want to pray war-room prayers.
I want to pray mountain-moving prayers.
This week, my petitions to my great big God will focus on the heart, on character traits to be developed or deepened in my loved ones and in myself. I’m committed to no more clanging.
Without love for others or for God, we are only an annoying gong. Clang, Clang, Clang. We are nothing and we gain nothing. Just as Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 13. No matter our intelligence, natural talents, or spiritual gifts, or even self-sacrifice.
Here are my short, yet big, supernatural love prayers for this week, inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
Sovereign Lord, give _______ opportunities to develop patience. Let my child (or me) wrestle with tenacity through life’s challenges in order to learn how to lean on, trust, and hope in you.
Father, teach _______ how to love and respond in kindness even in the face of disagreement or adversity. Train him or her (or me) to listen, discuss, and maintain convictions while demonstrating gentleness and respect.
Provider God, allow _______ to discover how a grateful heart leads to contentment in all circumstances. When life isn’t going well, I ask that you show _______ that satisfaction rests not in the external but in the eternal. When life is going well, I pray that, with a heart of thankfulness, _______ gives you all honor and praise.
Lord Jesus, give _______ an ability to accurately assess his or her strengths and weaknesses. Create a generous spirit in _______ that will encourage and raise another up. Move _______ to share credit with others and give you glory.
Heavenly Father, unclench my (or fill in the blank) fists of selfishness. Open my (or her or his) hand and heart to those who may need or benefit from ________’s time, treasure, or talents.
My King, forgiveness is not beneath you. It is you. Release _______ from any bonds of pride or bitterness so _______ can be free to love and worship. Replace the unforgiving, prideful heart with one graced with humility, repentance, and reconciliation.
Lord, I pray _______ loves the things you love and hates the things you hate. Open _______’s ears to hear that still small voice. Give him or her wisdom to understand truth. Give _______ (or me) the will to live by your words and follow your way. Give _______ the discernment to identify true truth from emotion-driven belief.
Love never fails.
Amen and amen.
*Lori is a licensed parent-family educator and co-founder of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting ministry. If you’d like to visit Lori’s site (which she shares with Becky Danielson), you can catch her at 1cointhians13parenting.com.
You can also connect with her on Facebook
Messy Journey can be purchased at Amazon
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