On a regular basis, I make my way down the hallway to my boys’ bedroom. It’s at bedtime. They share a room and a bunkbed. I kneel down beside the lower bunk, face to face with the baby, the other hanging over the edge of the top bunk, and I have a conversation with the Lord about them.
I thank God for them. They are gifts.
I pray that the two of them will submit their lives to Christ and will have an insatiable desire to follow after Him.
Then, I ask that they be made into warriors- not the kind that travel to foreign lands and battle against freedom’s foes, but spiritual warriors.
Warriors of the Gospel
I speak into their future, pleading their cause as husbands and fathers.
I remind God that somewhere there is a girl who will be his wife.
Grow her, Lord.
Do a work in her,Father.
And more often times than not, I finish by having a conversation with the Lord about their sister and her husband.
I want the boys to know that
Out of sight
Out of this Momma’s
I pray the future that God desires for my children. I come boldly before His holy throne because I am seeking His desires—right relationship with God, right relationship with others.
James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong
motives, so that you may spend it on your own pleasures.
Are we praying God’s plan for our children, or are we praying for bragging rights?
I pray into the ears of my little ones because words can produce life and favorable outcomes.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it produce the fruit thereof.
Those precious, innocent children that our Father has entrusted to us believe every single word that flows from our lips, every word. Speaking the authority of God’s Word over them produces the fruits that we want to see grow and ripen in their lives.
I speak to The Father about my children because I believe it so deeply that it flows from my heart, straight out of my mouth, and to the feet of The Holy One.
Matthew 12:34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
When we use our voice to plead our children’s causes, we are indicating to Christ that we believe and trust in His promises.
Lord, give us the wisdom to seek Your plan for Your treasures. Give us the courage to come into the Holy of Holies with great tenacity, over and over again, and gently coax us to gather up our blessings and speak words of life over their purpose and future.
(c) 2017 Victoria Paxton
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Victoria Paxton spends her mornings teaching special education and her afternoons raising two fantastic sons. She's the wife of Mr. Paxton, and, also, the mother of a grown, full of faith daughter who is married to Victoria's favorite son-in-law, Nathan.