Proverbs 2: Praying for our Sons {Day 1}

Our family is in a big time of transition and adding to that, my two big boys are going through their own stuff as one enters high school this fall and the other enters middle school. Here we are, at the beginning of doing this parenting teens four times and let me tell you… I am well aware of my inadequacy as a parent and the need for the Spirit to lead me in shepherding these young men towards Jesus.

I was reading through Proverbs 2 and was moved to pray through each verse diligently for each of my sons because every word is packed with power and truth for what they will need their whole lives. These things are more effective, encouraging and hopeful when done in the context of community, so I want to invite you in to pray through these 22 verses for our boys. If you have girls, of course you are welcome to join in, but since I’m a boy mama some of these prayers may be geared specifically to them and the challenges that may (or may not) be unique to them.

The idea is to focus on the specific precepts, promises, commands, etc. discussed in each verse for one day. Use these prayer points to spur on your own prayers and let’s go to the mat for our kids together. As you are reminded throughout the day, continue to focus on these particular prayers and offer them up to the Lord.

I can’t promise I will post every day consistently because well… I’m moving across the country in about 2 weeks, so bear with me as we start.

Today we start with Proverbs 2:1:

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Spirit lead…

There is no better way to know and fall in love with God but by simply getting to know his nature, his character and how he deals with his people with grace and love.  This is all found in the word of God. My kids have grown up in the church so they have heard it, memorized all kinds of verses and are familiar with many of the great stories found in the Bible.

Hearing and receiving are two different things. Receiving means to take into one’s possession, to hold, bear or contain, to take into mind and apprehend mentally. In other words, we begin by hearing and then it becomes a part of who we are.

We can flood our kids with the scriptures… and that’s a good idea… but let’s pray it becomes a part of them so it flows out of them. One thing I’ve noticed with my boys is “garbage in, garbage out.” What they take in is what comes out of them. So let’s pray against the junk they are exposed to in the world and pray them towards the word of God.

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” {Colossians 3:16}
The word of God is truth laced in narratives, poetic wisdom and letters that tell us about Jesus and how to live in light of him. His commandments which are often seen simply as rules are to be received so we can live, love and enjoy life in the best ways according to His will. Let’s pray that our sons wouldn’t see the commandments as rules, restrictions or anything meant to confine them… let us pray they will receive them as keys to living free as Christ has set them free by the washing of his blood and brokenness of His body.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. {Matthew 6:21}
Let’s pray these words and commandments would be seen and received as treasure… like the finest gold or more than anything they currently value most (the best basketball shoes, a million different Stance socks, the best Nerf gun…). Where their treasure is… there will be their hearts.
Let us pray their hearts will be rooted, grounded and filled with the treasure of the Word.
 
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” {John 1:1-5}
So be it.

15 thoughts on “Proverbs 2: Praying for our Sons {Day 1}

  1. Lauren says:

    Absolutely in.
    Too much garbage all around, I want him to grow up to be a righteous man of God, singing praises to Christ and sharing the good news with others, not the latest pop song.

  2. adexoxox says:

    I’m in. So much focus on Em lately as she was turning 13 that I’ve felt like my time with Ryan, even in prayer, has been less. Thanks for providing this space for mama’s of boys…and praying for you all as you transition to TN. xoxox

  3. bluecottonmemory says:

    Praying with you! I especially like this – “let us pray they will receive them as keys to living free as Christ has set them free” – praying that see the liberation our Savior brings instead of how society sees it as restricting!

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