One look at the world today and it’s clear the many distractions that grab at our attention. With our phones in our pockets everything is instantly accessible. We have a thousand times more of information with the advancement of technology. That can be a positive – but this advancement also invites many negatives as well. Knowing how serious this is, we must pray protection over our children.
As parents, we can pray effectively for the spiritual battles we face daily and for the battle that is warring for our children’s souls. We are all warring something and the Enemy knows that too. What the Enemy knows most is our temptations and our weaknesses. Many days we feel like we aren’t praying right or enough or saying the right words to ask God to protect what He has given us. We fail to trust that God can handle each and every search or click or word said to Him. We fail to trust Him to be who He says He is. We lose grip on the tools that He has already given us to fight. We let our armor down regarding attacks that protects. We fall, fail, and falter in prayer. One thing we do acknowledge is that Satan is having his way among those that are distracted and distant from God, and we as parents prayer warriors, are called to the front lines of life with our daily battles.
Satan wants to kill, steal and destroy us. He has a vendetta that can’t be satisfied unless he gets the very life that God created to choose sides. Gratefully for us believers the battle has been won on Calvary, but that doesn’t stop the enemy’s crouch as he sticks his big toe into any door of our lives that get us to get us to slip, slide and landslide into a dismal hopeless pit where we think we are alone in these battles.
We have hope in this battle. The cross on Calvary proves God’s deep love for us. The empty tomb reveals that Jesus is alive and full of hope for us today. Jesus hasn’t left us alone in the battle that brings doubt from the enemy which weakens our faith. We have to dress for the battle every day to wear the full armor of God. Ephesians 6 says it best and helps us stand firm, stand strong, and stand long in the war for our children.
Dear Lord, we ask that you make us strong in the You and hold tightly to your power. Dress for the battle today by putting on the full armor of God, so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes. Show us how our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We believe and confess that you are able to help us. Therefore we put on the full armor of God, so that today when evil comes, we may be able to stand our ground, and be grounded in Your truth and promises. We stand on your faithfulness and strength. We believe that we can stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, we together take up the shield of faith, with which You Lord can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. We wear the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Holy inspired word of truth! We ask this because we believe you are who you say you are! Alive in us and in our families. We will rest and be still and let you fight for us and for our children. We love you God! Amen.
Take away verses:
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Psalm 12:7 “You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked.”
Psalm 31:19 “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.”
Psalm 32:10 “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.