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Praying the Bible for Your Children

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I was in a season of feeling a bit direction-less in my Bible reading and prayer time. Through my years of walking with the Lord, I know that He desires my fellowship in the Word and prayer as much as I do. So this season of direction-less-ness was really a waiting on Him and His leading. A dear sister approached me about my interest in reading the Bible through in one year and participating in an accountability group with others that wished to do the same thing. (More details about the accountability group next week.) I knew this was the direction I was seeking. I had always wanted to read the Bible cover-to-cover, but I usually got tripped up in Leviticus!

At this same time, another dear sister who was to participate in our Bible reading accountability group mentioned that she would be using a Journal Bible in a special way. The Journal Bible has a wide space on both pages that allow you to write along the side. As she was reading through the Scriptures, she would find passages that she would pray for and then write out in the Journal Bible for one of her children. I knew that the Lord was calling me to pray for my children in a deeper way...this was it! I love learning from Godly women.

This is such a personal endeavor. Even though I've provided some examples from my reading and praying below, they are just to get your juices flowing. Each Journal Bible could look so beautifully different depending on the mom and the child she is praying for.

As I read through Scripture, I pray what I am reading for one specific child. The Journal Bible gives me space on either side to then write my prayer.

Genesis 1 ~ Creation

Son, you serve an awesome and powerful God! He said, "Let there be light!" – and THERE WAS! I pray you will seek to follow Him and turn to Him for wisdom and direction. I pray He would always shine His light into your life.

Genesis 6:8-9 "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God."

Son, I pray that even in the wicked world we live in – that you would live for the Lord and would find favor with Him just as Noah did. I pray it would be said of you, My son is a righteous man, blameless in His generation. My son walks with God.

Genesis 11:4 ~ The Tower of Babel "Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth."

Daughter, I pray you would continue to grow in wisdom and discernment. As the world around you chooses to make a name for themselves, I pray you would choose to live a life dedicated to the glory of God!

Of course, in place of the word "son" or "daughter", I use their name!

I am so blessed to say that I am halfway through my second Bible at this point. When I first started, I decided not to start with my oldest, but rather go out of birth order and start with another child. What a difference praying Scripture over this child made in our relationship. Such a beautiful thing! This year, the child that I am reading and praying Scripture for has experienced a lot of changes and challenges. What a privilege to chronicle what the Lord is doing as I read through Scripture with his life in mind!

You can find a Read-Through-The-Bible schedule here although there are many to choose from. This one allows you to pick your translation, timeframe (I highly recommend chronological), and a start date. The site recommends that you save the page in your browser; however, I copy/paste and print a copy and keep it right in my Bible, so I don't need my computer to read...no excuses.

Why I recommend chronological? This has cleared up much confusion that I have had as I've read Scripture before. There are many duplicate stories in I & II Kings as in I & II Chronicles. If you read chronologically, you will read from the major and minor prophets at the same time as you are reading about the times and nations they prophesied to. Also, the gospels have duplicate stories; it is interesting to read them from the different author's perspectives at the same time.

I hope to pass these Bibles along to each of my children as a keepsake of prayers made on their behalf to an awesome and amazing God!

Happy Reading and Praying!

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