September 30, 2020
I never understood what it meant to pray without ceasing until I became a mom. I never understood why my mom prayed over me one night I got home at 4 AM after being out and up to no good. But now I do.
She literally came into the room, turned on the light, and said, “I have to tell you something I felt God put in my heart and pray over you”. And I was like, “Mom. Please not now”.
She told me anyway and prayed over me anyway. Even though I was half asleep and didn’t want anything to do with God.
She just knew she had to. She knew the power of prayer and she had not lost hope that I’d return to Jesus.
Well, I truly believe God heard the cries of my mom. And that memory will never be erased from my mind.
Now that I’m a mom, especially during these uneasy and uncertain times, I too have not stopped praying for my son. And I hope one day he holds a lasting memory of his mama praying for him fervently, like I do of my mom.
There is one prayer I pray every night over him. It goes like this: “Lord, may your goodness, mercy, love, and favor always be with Phoenix. I declare that even at a young age, Phoenix will receive you as his Lord and Savior and never turn from your ways. And I pray that he’ll grow up to be a mighty man of God who will do great works for your Kingdom and glory”.
Isn’t that the cry of every parent for their child(ren)?
I really wanted to gather scripture that could backup this prayer. So I compiled a list and I thought I should share it with you.
“Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.”
Psalms 51:10 TPT
“We have proved ourselves by our lifestyles of purity, by our spiritual insights, by our patience, and by showing kindness, by the Spirit of holiness and by our uncritical love for you.”
2 Corinthians 6:6 TPT
“So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
Philippians 4:8 TPT
“Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move, so that I can walk onward in your truth until everything within me brings honor to your name.”
Psalms 86:11 TPT
“Lord, when you said to me, “Seek my face,” my inner being responded, “I’m seeking your face with all my heart.””
Psalms 27:8 TPT
“Seek more of his strength! Seek more of him! Let’s always be seeking the light of his face.”
Psalms 105:4 TPT
“Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God. Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times. Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers.”
Ephesians 6:17 TPT
“You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
Psalms 91:16 TPT
The Lord is my revelation-light to guide me along the way; he’s the source of my salvation to defend me every day. I fear no one! I’ll never turn back and run from you, Lord; surround and protect me”.
Psalms 27:1 TPT
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
James 1:22 ESV
“Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others. For we know that we will receive a reward, an inheritance from the Lord, as we serve the Lord Yahweh, the Anointed One!”
Colossians 3:23-24 TPT
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”.
Matthew 5:16 ESV
My hope is that I’d be able to leave a legacy of faith in Phoenix like my mother has for me. That I’d pray bold prayers and stand in the gap when my kid needs it. And that I’d extend the same grace to Phoenix that I was given by my mother and by God, as he finds himself in Him.