Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My prayer for my children

Tonight as I was studying, I came across one of Paul's prayers for the believers (Ephesians) and decided to write out a prayer for my children. This prayer is taken from the following passages in the Message:
Phillipians 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:15-19 and 3:14-19; Colossians 1:9-12; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; and Philemon 1:4-7

I pray that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well and learn to love appropriately. Live a life Jesus will be proud of: making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. I ask that God will make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you'll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love.
I ask God to give you wise a mind and spirit attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. I pray that you'll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. I pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.I pray that our God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. I keep praying that your faith keeps showing up in the good things you do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it.

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