Proverbs 2: Praying for our Sons {Day 5}

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There are several kinds of fear.

The fear that paralyzes you and keeps you from doing anything. Like the dream you have when you want to scream but no sound comes out of your mouth. Or the situations in life that require you to move but you just can’t because you are so afraid to do anything. This kind of fear causes you to shrink back and operate in ways that keep you from the fullness of all God has for you because you are too afraid to make a mistake or have things turn out wrong.

There is also the kind of fear that is exhilarating. A roller coaster that you know will turn your stomach upside down. Jumping off a cliff or a bridge into an expanse of water when you know the way down is quick and fierce but once your toes hit the water it will be refreshing and you will feel the satisfaction of being brave.

The fear God talks about several times in Psalms and Proverbs is a a different kind of fear. It’s a holy and reverent fear that indicates an awareness of God and his magnificence. So different than anything we humans can fully wrap our minds around. At times the other kinds of fear blend into our fear of the Lord and dilute our faith. We want to please Him and walk in His ways, but we don’t know Him in that really intimate way that moves us to step forward and trust Him for the outcome.

We want our sons to fear God. We want them to see Him like Aslan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: “He is not safe, but He is good.” What we want to pray for our sons today is to draw near and jump into a life with Him… knowing He will be refreshing and satisfy the desires of our hearts.Becoming aware of who God is and who He is not. Fearing Him… starting with awe and wonder leads to an ignited desire to know Him…be close to Him…trust Him… follow Him and serve Him.

Let’s pray for our sons today…

That they would be aware of who God is:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” {Colossians 1:15-16}

Let’s pray against the fear this broken world tends to impart on our boys, in the name of Jesus. Let’s pray the correct fear… the fear of the Lord gives them a spirit of courage that is full of the power of Christ, the love of a Savior and the self-control required to live a godly life:

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. {2 Timothy 1:7}

For those of us who have boys who struggle with fear and anxiety, let’s pray for God to deliver them:

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” {1 John 4:8}

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” {Psalm 34:4}

Let’s pray our sons would know how to run to Jesus themselves… they would go to the source of all comfort and courage when they are faced with fear:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” {Philippians 4:6}

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” {Psalm 56:3-4}

Let’s pray for an awareness of God that will draw them in like a really good roller coaster or a daring adventure… that they will see God this way as not someone holding them back but the One who has a plan for their lives, one that is good, hopeful and full of adventure when it comes to following Him by faith and serving Him wholeheartedly.

So be it.

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