Almost every single day in the year 2010. I've prayed, begged, poured out and prayed some more. It was this time last year that the Lord first called me to write a prayer for my sons based on His Word. I searched and pondered, and created a prayer of scriptures I hope He will accomplish in their lives...their hearts, as they grow.
I've prayed and I've asked the Lord to give me a new prayer for 2011, but He hasn't? When I began this journey I believed I would create a new prayer for my children each year, but this time, at least for this year, I'm sensing God calling me to keep praying the same prayer. Some things have changed. Hearts have softened here and there. My desperate cry for God to turn my sons' hearts of stone to hearts of flesh has deepened and I'm more passionate about it than ever.
A Fresh Challenge
If you'd like to join me in this challenge again in 2011, simply apply the following prayer to your knees or create your own based on the Word. I would love to read the prayerful cries of your mother-heart. So feel free to link-up your prayer in the form of a blog post. I would love for you to have a button telling the world about your commitment too. So feel free to grab this one (designed by the lovely...you guessed it...Erin, of Insight Blog Design.)
Once again, here is the prayer I'll be praying for the hearts of my sons:
"Lord, You alone change hearts of stone, to hearts of flesh. Place Your Spirit within my children and cause them to walk in Your statutes and to be careful to obey Your rules. For You know the plans You have for them; plans to prosper them and not to harm them, to give them a future and a hope. Let them fear You Lord, and thus have a foundation for wisdom and a heart for instruction. Let them receive wisdom and incline their hearts to understanding. Help them not to lean on their own limited understanding, but in all their ways to acknowledge You so that their paths will be straight. Protect them from walking in the counsel of the wicked and standing in the way of sinners, but lead them to delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night. May they abide in the shadow of the Almighty and not fear the terror by night. May they walk by the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh. Instead, may they be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. May their minds and thoughts be fixed on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, anything worthy of praise. May they not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewal of their minds. May they discern the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. May their love be genuine. May they abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. May they love one another with brotherly affection, outdoing one another in honor. May they do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than themselves. May they lie down and sleep in peace; for You alone, O Lord, make them to dwell in safety. Bless them Lord, and keep them, and make Your face shine upon them...and be gracious to them."
(Scripture references: Ezekiel 36:26-27, Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 2, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 1:3, Psalm 91, Galatians 5:16&22, Philippians 4:8, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:9-10, Psalm 4:8, Numbers 6:24).
Now let's pray.
So much has happened since I started this simple scripture-based prayer last year. I now write monthly about praying the Word over sons at The M.O.B. Society, a new site I co-founded for mothers of boys with my friend Erin, of Home with the Boys. I started a Twitter chat about praying the Word over sons now held each Thursday night from 9 - 10 PM EST using the hashtag #WarriorPrayers. I also have a new Facebook page leading mothers of boys in their prayers for sons every weekday, and a new blog home offering a weekly, seven-day prayer schedule for mothers of boys. I would be honored for you to come alongside me in any of these endeavors!