Saturday, April 06, 2013

Words When I Don't Have Them

Sometimes I feel at a loss for the words to pray for Kristian and our boys. Sometimes my prayers feel repetitive.

I see it as a critical part of my role as a wife to pray for my husband. It matters. (And again, I will plug the Prayer Notebook app here, which has really changed my prayer life. A notification goes off at 2pm every single day to remind me to pray for Kristian. Yes, I struggle to put down what I'm doing and make the time, but I'm learning it's worth it. If you have asked me to pray for you recently, you have a notification all your own!) 

Similarly, I have big dreams and hopes for my sons, but my prayers can feel rushed and shallow at times. From what I gather, this is a common area of struggle.

Because of this, I love praying the Proverbs for my family. I just take the Proverb number that corresponds with the date, like Proverbs 3 for April 3rd.

Seriously, just think about these incredible words:

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.

My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
                                                     (Proverbs 3:1-12 ESV)

So good. And right from the Word of God himself.

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