Today in our journey of praying for our sons we focus on Proverbs 2:3. If you are wondering what we are doing and why, you can go back to day one and catch up or just begin here as the Spirit leads you.
A few days ago I was alone in my car after having just experienced something very frustrating. I am part of what is referred to as the sandwich generation: someone raising kids and caring for ailing parents at the same time. The way things are here at times, I consider it more of a panini. Hard pressed on every side with the heat turned up so high you think you might actually melt and everything is just going to ooze out of you.
Back to being alone in my car… that day, I started crying so hard and was so upset started y e l l i n g at God. I voiced my disappointment in Him, in the situation and how I just want it to end. I was honest. I was mad and I was raw. By the end, I was begging God to show me the right thing to do and how to go about it.
God can handle our feelings. The good, the bad and the really ugly. When we can be honest with ourselves and God, He has the ability to show us the depths of our hearts and how He is working in us and through us. He is the author and perfecter of our faith and he knows every thought before we can even think them.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”
Today let’s pray for our sons, that their intimacy with God would grow so deep they would unafraid of approaching the throne of grace as they are, with all their emotions, thoughts, doubts and concerns so they will gain fuller confidence in God’s love and acceptance of them.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Let’s pray that in the presence of God they would know and sense the grace of God that is given to them for the forgiveness of their sins.
Let’s pray when they fail (not if), when they are stuck, when they don’t know what to do… they would run to Jesus.
These first few verses of Proverbs 2 indicate wisdom is something to be sought after. Let’s lead by example and call out for insight and raise our voice for understand as though our lives and the well being of our sons depend on it. Do not shrink back.
Now to him who is able to do abundantly more than we can ask or imagine, the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.