Proverbs 2: Praying for Our Sons {Day 10}

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“For wisdom will come into your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
discretion will watch over you,
    understanding will guard you,
delivering you from the way of evil,
    from men of perverted speech,
 who forsake the paths of uprightness
    to walk in the ways of darkness,
who rejoice in doing evil
    and delight in the perverseness of evil,
men whose paths are crooked,
    and who are devious in their ways.” {Proverbs 2:10-15}

In day one of this prayer journey, I mentioned we were moving across the country and my posts would likely not be a consistent… promise kept.  Nevertheless, I hope and pray you have been spurred on to pray for your children through Proverbs 2. Each verse is full of such simple yet profound wisdom and breathes out the heart of every mother I know.

My kids are into their third week of school. Each of them in a new school, in a new city. They have dived into the deep end and I couldn’t be more amazed by their bravery and positive attitudes. They miss their friends in California but are open to new relationships which encourages me to do the same. As I scroll my Instagram feed and see all of your first day of school photos, I know one of the biggest things we worry about as moms is who our kids are drawn to and what friend groups they will connect with. This is why today I think we should pray through not just one verse but five and pray for our kid’s friends and the people they will want to be near and spend time with the most.

Today let’s pray first and foremost again the LORD’S wisdom would be part of who they are… not just something they call upon when needed. May wisdom be rooted so deeply in their hearts that the Spirit of God {not just our concerned voices} would bring conviction and resolve when it comes to moments of peer pressure, deciding if they are going to be who they are or someone else who wants to just fit in.

Let’s give thanks to God who says He will do this!

Let us pray the knowledge of who God is, His word and wisdom would be so pleasant to their souls that it would be more lovely than other things seeking to pull their attention away from Him.

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good,
    and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
The wise of heart is called discerning,
    and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,
    but the instruction of fools is folly.
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
    and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” {Proverbs 16:20-24, emphasis mine}

Knowing who they are and being resolved about this will lead them to good friends and will help them be good friends.

Let us also pray this wisdom will serve them in discretion and protect them from being followers of the wrong crowd.

That this wisdom will help them flee the temptation to fit in where they don’t.

Let’s pray they surround themselves with kids who speak well, who don’t tear down others with their language but build others up and are encouraging, life giving people.

May our kids be those kids we are all praying for, and may they become and surround themselves with people who point others to Jesus.

Amen.

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