Edge of Design got me thinking about how maybe we should be doing a little more praying for our kids. She has been doing some great post on some things we should think about. Today is about allowing our kids to vent. It is good check it out.
Some of ya'll don't know the history we have had with our son Michael. He will be moving out at our request at the end of this month. A VERY hard decision for us. He has been heavy on my heart for several years. Now he will be on my mind just as often. Long story. But I have decided to make Friday a day to post something good about and for our children. Edge of Design will be having some great post concerning children-stop by and check her out. And if you would like to join in on Friday--let me know.
Here is a little something that Denise from Shortybears sent me. I thought it was good, and appropriate for me and mine at this time.
Prodigal Son’s Prayer – When The Story Becomes Personal
If you are a parent dealing with a wayward or prodigal child, you may be asking how to pray for him or her. As parents, we grieve over choices our children make. There is great power in a praying parent! And God draws near to the brokenhearted:
Lamentations 2:19 says, “Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children. . .”
You may be a parent who is “pouring out your heart like water” in God’s presence. Praying. Pleading. Begging for God’s infinite mercy to fall on your child at this very moment.
You may have a child who is using drugs or suffering from alcoholism. You may have one who is in prison or juvenile detention. Or you may have a son or daughter who is consistent ly making wrong choices.
Whatever the need, take heart that your Lord and Savior already knows all about it. He hears your heartfelt cry to Him. He wants to mend that broken heart of yours.
When you “pour out your heart like water,” you may feel empty. Emotionally spent. Drained. Psalm 22:14 says, “I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax, it has melted away within me.”
It’s at that moment that you don’t feel you can cry another tear or pray another word. Don’t worry. The Spirit intercedes on your behalf. The Father knows your need. . .always. And He will answer in His time and in His ways. That we can be certain of, without a doubt.
How do we as Christian parents endure a broken heart in times of great distress such as this?
He will strengthen you. He will mend your broken heart. You never know what He might have in store. It is very possible that there could be a wonderful testimony in the making!
- Trust – Remember that God is all-knowing, in control, and has a plan and a purpose.
- Keep praying. Be persistent. Develop prayer partners. Keep pouring out your parent’s heart before the Lord.
Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heat may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Lord, I lay my heart before You
And I pour out my very soul.
Desperate, You know what I need
As empty before You I go.
Lord, strengthen my weary heart--
Make it strong once again.
For only You can meet this need,
Hold me tight, my Savior Friend.
I know no other way to go
I’m spent beyond my measure.
Fill me Lord, my Life, my Song
Spin my life with peace, Your Treasure.
******Be a little patient with me this next week. Things are going to be a little Topsy turvy. I promise to get caught up soon or as soon as I can.
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