Praying God’s great and precious promises over our spouse, children, and loved ones. Today’s promise is BLESSING FOR PERSECUTION. Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Did you know that as we step out boldly in front for His namesake, as our children courageously speak about the Father in school with their peers, as our spouse shares the name of Jesus with co-workers that we open up an opportunity for the Good News of Jesus Christ to save someone but we also open up the door of possibility for persecution. To boldly and courageously speak about the saving grace and mercy of Jesus can bring on undeserved criticism, insults, and even people who want to smear your reputation in the dirt. Some people will strive to bring trouble to you. We must be aware that persecution can and will come to our effort of spreading the name of Jesus. But during those times of persecution, we must intentionally train ourselves to focus on the first part of this scripture which is a promise from God, which can read something like this: Blessed are you when co-workers and peers insult and condemn you for talking about Jesus; blessed are you when people try to smear your reputation for sharing the Good News; blessed are you when the public falsely says all kinds of evil about you because of the name of Jesus. During these times, God promises to supremely bless you!
Father, what a beautiful promise for a hard experience to go through. I do not want my reputation undeservedly lied about and smeared and I definitely do not want my spouse, my children and my loved ones to have their reputation lied about and smeared because of the name of Jesus; because of being the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth. I do not want us to be insulted and criticized for Your namesake but I do know we cannot avoid it on this side of Heaven; we cannot avoid the darkness that is on this earth so, Lord, I thank You for strengthening my spouse, my children, my loved ones during these very difficult times of persecution; during the times when they boldly speak of Your goodness, Your saving grace; when they boldly love people for Your namesake; when they boldly speak Your name at work, at school, or anywhere they may speak Your name. Lord, teach us how to not be offended during these trying times. Lord, help our children who walk through persecution for Your namesake to rise up above the insults, the lies. Teach us to turn our eyes and heart to Your promise of blessing us during these times, supremely blessing us, extremely and enormously blessing us. I thank You that we all can trust that if people lie about us for Your namesake that it is a matter of time before You bring forth the truth. We do not need to be offended or retaliate with unkind words. We do not need to rehearse their lies and insults in our head. We instead can praise You and know You promise blessings upon us for stepping out in faith for Your namesake. We love You, Lord, and pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen
I want to end with The Message version of Matthew 5:11-12, “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit Me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”
I am celebrating and cheering with you as you go forth and boldly speak the name of Jesus!
Praying God’s great and precious promises over our spouse, children, and loved ones. Today’s promise is SONSHIP. The following scriptures address this promise from Him.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” A person cannot appoint you as a son of God. This is something you are freely given as you believe that Jesus is who He says He is. When you believe this, being a peacemaker becomes part of that equation. I love how the Message words this verse, “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”
Romans 8:14-16 “For as many are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” The Message words it like this, “So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with Him!”
Father, Your ways are miraculous! Thank You for the promise of being Your child; the promise of sonship. Lord, I am your child not by blood, not by the will of my flesh nor by any man but rather by You all because I choose to believe that Jesus is Who He says He is. Lord, I hold up my spouse, my children, and my loved ones to You. I thank You they embrace and believe Who You say You are. I thank You that Your truth of Who You are is louder than the lies the world says about You. I thank You for saving us. I thank You for our heart's desire to do Your will. As Your child, Lord, help us to love more starting with the ones close to us. Grow our capacity to better love the lost, the hurting, and the lowly. Help us to bring peace to the angry, the agitated, and the frustrated. Let us never forget to show the love of the Father to all. Lord, help us to fully understand the liberty and the benefits of being Your child. Holy Spirit, teach us daily about the access we have to our Father; about the power and authority given to us as a child of God. Let our spouse, our children, our loved ones and myself fully understand, as Your son and daughter, we did not receive a spirit of bondage to fear or terror, but rather You adopted us through Jesus Christ as Your very own children to boldly call on You, to call You Father, where every bondage to sin is broken. Every chain that holds us back is removed. Help us to walk in this freedom, Lord. Help us to put the devil in his place and let the authority and power that comes with sonship rise up out of our mouths in prayer and proclamation bringing this Good News to all who will listen. I love You, my Father! I pray and believe all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Side note: Writing down a prayer for this promise was hard for me to narrow down because the promise of sonship is dear to my heart because of experiencing adoption in our family. God’s definition of adoption is sonship. Not a position under a biological son or daughter but rather an equal to all the sons and daughters in that family. When we become a son/daughter of God, we inherit ALL the rights and privileges as one born in a family. That is sonship! There are no dividing lines. All are God’s children. That is how adoption is in a family on this earth. When a child is adopted into a family, that child becomes a son/daughter of that family with no dividing lines. I wanted to focus the prayer above to all the families who have adopted and encourage them that the children you adopted are not “adopted” children, they are simply your son and your daughter; however, the scriptures above were for all people even the ones who have not experienced adopting a son or daughter 😊 So I chose to write the prayer above for all. And let’s remember how our Father sees all of us: not as His adopted children but rather simply His children.
Praying God’s great and precious promises over our spouse, loved ones and ourselves this morning. Today’s promise is a VISIBLE GOD. Jesus says in Matthew 5:8 Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.” This promise is also found in Revelations 22:4, “And they shall see His face, and His name shall be in their foreheads.”
There have been moments after I have cried out to God in prayer that I have stated: “I have seen God”. This has happened during very difficult seasons I have walked through where I felt I was drowning from the weight of the world, all the life was drained from me and I had no idea how to take the next step in life. Now I did not physically see a visible God, but what I did see was a supernatural moment where the Lord showed up whether to give me a direct and specific right-now word to encourage and guide me through the situation I was in or whether it was a very vivid dream of God showing me how He has angels around my family protecting us and carrying us through a difficult time. In those moments, I did not physically see God, but rather I saw God in the way He came and gave me a specific word and I saw God when He reassured me in a very vivid dream that my family was protected.
I have "seen" God through answered prayers. During the infertile season where my husband and I desired, cried and prayed for children and God answered through adoption and birth by blessing us with eight children.
I can remember a very specific time when I was in prayer with a group from church and as I was praying with my head in my lap and my eyes closed, I saw Jesus walking up to me. I saw Him! As much as I was overcome with emotions at the very presence of Jesus in front of me I could not physically reach out and touch Him. I saw Him in the spirit. However, the promise above, Jesus says we will physically see God. I cannot even imagine what this will be like! But God has a prerequisite for us to be able to physically see Him: a pure heart. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. The Pharisees were outwardly doing the right thing but their hearts were unclean. This can be true for us. No man can clean us and make our hearts pure. Only Jesus can do this. There is no Mom or Dad or person who can make our children’s hearts pure. Only Jesus can do this. Same with any loved one we are praying for. Only Jesus can make their hearts pure.
Father, I thank You today for the promise of seeing a visible God. There have been times when I see You through Your word or see You through dreams but to one day physically see You brings excitement deep within me! Lord, the world is against You. Instead of running from impurity, the world seems to run to impurity. We live in a world that is trying to pollute our minds, our spouse’s minds, our children’s minds; portraying sin as a way of life that is acceptable and encouraged. I praise You that greater are You in us than he that is in this world. I thank You for protecting the hearts of our spouses, the hearts of our children, and our hearts, Lord. I pray for a hedge of protection around my spouse’s thought life and mind, around our children’s thought life and minds and my thought life and mind. Where there are any impurities in our lives, I ask You to cause a distaste for sin to rise up in us. I pray we will not grow lukewarm to Your word and Your ways. Shut the unGodly doors in the natural and the spirit we may have walked through because of impure choices but for every wrong door that closes open a new door leading to You, open the doors of opportunities that connect the purposes You placed in us with our Godly passions. Cause each one of us to desire You Jesus. I declare today and speak forth that my spouse, my children, my loved one and myself are pure in heart. We choose Your ways for our life; we choose to keep our heart pure and because of this decision, You promise that we will see a visible God; a visible You! I thank You for this promise. In Jesus’ name Amen.
Praying God’s great and precious promise over our spouse, loved ones and ourselves this morning. Today’s promise is MERCY. Jesus says in Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Jesus is saying blessed are the ones who reach out and help the distressed, the oppressed, the depressed. We are blessed when we wrap our arms in compassion around the suffering, the ones who are troubled, the ones who are burdened.
In our home, I teach our children to always think JOY: Jesus, Others, Yourself. So often we can find ourselves immersed in our own world, our own needs, our own situations that we forget there are people all around us in need of care. Helping others come with a promise… that in return in our time of needing care we will be cared for because we cared for others in their time of need.
Father, I come to You today to thank You for the promise of MERCY. Thank You for Your compassion for us. I hold up my spouse to You today, my children, my loved ones and myself up to You today and ask that we do not miss the moments of showing mercy to the ones around us. Help us to remember to lift up our chin and turn our hearts and eyes to the ones that are in need of compassion, that is in need of mercy; the ones that feel the weight of the world on them, the ones that are enduring pain and suffering due to a sickness or maybe a loss of a loved one. Lord, maybe there are ones around us being rejected or abandoned. Show us those people, Lord, so we can extend mercy to them so that we can care for them and help them. Let our children understand the beauty of showing mercy to others at an early age. If there is anybody reading this and they are in need of a healing touch from You, may they receive Your healing for their body today so that they can rise up and care for others. Lord, we praise You and thank You for mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Today, the great and precious promise is RIGHTEOUSNESS which to me is a word that I struggle with ever relating to myself. It is a word where if I even associate that word with me, I start hearing the voices in my head say “who do YOU think you are to call yourself righteous?” Do any of you struggle with that? 😊 Biblically, speaking, we are supposed to be growing to be like our Lord; growing to be more and more like Jesus who is righteous. The bible defines righteousness as observing divine laws, keeping the commands of God; a way of thinking, feeling and acting that is comformed to the will of God which encompasses integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting; living a holy life.
There are days I know I fall short of being more like Jesus. On those days, instead of listening to the negative voices in my head, to the lies of the enemy, I silence them, get up and go after being acceptable to God; being righteous. If you reread the scripture above, it states “blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Hunger and thirst is another way of saying “strongly desire” for righteousness. I can say I strongly desire for righteousness; I strongly desire to be acceptable to God; I strongly desire to keep God’s commands and in so desiring this the last part of this scripture states “for they shall be filled.” The promise is more than God just bestowing righteousness on us. God says that they which hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Father, thank You for Your great and precious promises. Today, I thank You for the promise of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Lord, as I look into this word I can narrow it down to You wanting each of us to strongly desire a right way of living and a right way of acting; to be a person that is acceptable to You. Father, I hold up my family to you, I hold up my loved ones to You and ask that if each of us is not hungering and thirsting for righteousness that You place that strong desire deep in our hearts. Stir each of us up, Lord! Stir up my spouse, stir up my children and stir me up, Lord. Remove any veils from our eyes where the enemy has blinded us and lied to us about being able to live a holy life. Help us be aware what our hands do, what our tongue speaks, what our ears hear, where our feet walk and what our mind thinks. Place people in my spouse’s path, in my children’s path, in my path to encourage us to live a holy life, a life acceptable to You. Let us remember any voice against this way of living is not a voice I want my spouse, my children or myself to listen to. Remind us during the times the enemy wants to laugh and tease us for desiring to live a holy life that the devil is a liar, he is a thief, he is a murderer, and a distorter. The devil will not be the voice my family and loved ones listen to. Thank You, Lord, that Your voice is louder than the enemy’s voice. Thank You that greater is You in us than he of this world. So today, I declare I hunger and thirst after righteousness; I strongly desire it and I am wholeheartedly pursuing a life acceptable to You. I receive Your promise to fill me with righteousness. Thank You that my spouse, my children, and my loved ones have this same hunger and thirst in them for righteousness and You are giving them this promise as well. In Jesus’ name Amen
In late August of 2017, God laid on my heart to begin to pray His great and precious promises for our family. As I started studying the bible and looking at all His promises in His word, I could not believe how many were in the bible. I am committing to pray all His great and precious promises from Matthew to Revelation in 2018. There are about 250 promises in the New Testament. I believe, as a wife and Mom, one of the greatest gifts I can give my husband and my children is prayer. I have tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord over the years as I prayed for specific requests. I believe in the power of prayer. Prayer can literally change the path your husband or children are on. Prayer is that space carved out to hear the voice of the Lord; to approach our Savior and be in His presence. It is a time where we can come empty and depleted and leave full and refreshed. It is a time to believe that victory for your family is coming.
Today’s great and precious promise is the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus stated in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The poor in the spirit refers to a person who is humble and meek; a person who knows they need God and gives themselves over to Him. Jesus says this person is blessed and will receive the kingdom of heaven. Lord, I praise Your mighty name and thank You the kingdom of heaven is one of your great and precious promises for us. Father, I hold up my children to you today. There are so many people with so many voices trying to get the attention of my children. I thank You that Your voice is the voice they hear over all the other voices. I come against arrogant behavior and pride in my children. I release a spirit of meekness and humility in my children. I thank You they will not be so full of themselves and self-absorbed that they do not see Your will and Your way for their life. I thank You they recognize they need you, Lord, in every area of their life. I thank You that today You are filling them up with the fullness of Christ. I stand in the gap for my children. I pray Your love is poured out on and in them today. I pray that You are alive in them today. I thank You no weapon formed against them shall prosper. I thank You that the kingdom of heaven is theirs! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
In Matthew 4:19, Jesus called out a promise to some men and said, “Come, follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” This promise was not just for fishermen like Peter, Andrew, James and John. This promise is for us. This promise is for our children. These fishermen knew how to cast a net into the lake and catch perch and bass. These fishermen possessed skills to get the job done to catch fish, but Jesus wanted to show them a new way to fish; He wanted to teach them how to catch men and women instead of fish. When Jesus told them what He wanted them to do, to stop and follow Him to become fishers of men, the bible says they simply dropped their nets and followed Jesus. What a beautiful picture of God’s will for us and how we are to respond. As Mom to our children, I want this promise for my children but I know to receive the promise my children must respond as the disciples responded.
One of the greatest impacts you can have on your children, both young and old, is to pray for them. There is power in prayer. Many times, as parents we see such impossibilities before us especially with our children. These are the times we can exercise our faith and choose to believe God is aware of what is going on and what an honor it is to know, as my children’s Mom, that I can pray His word over my children and not only does He hear the cries of my heart but He moves on behalf of my children. Some of you have small children and you are in a season of diapers, formula, and little sleep. This is a great time to start praying for the future of your son or daughter. Maybe you are a Mom and your son or daughter is older maybe a teen or even maybe an adult and you don’t see anything that resembles Jesus in them 😊 I am a firm believer that your prayers will drastically shift your child towards God; your prayers for your son or daughter WILL make a difference in their life whether you see if right away or years to come. Do not take this lightly. Put on your war paint and press in prayer for you child 😊 Moms, this is mission minded! We are on a mission to make sure the ways of this world, the enemy and his plans do not embrace our children.
Father, thank You that my family, my child/ren will follow You as you say to them “Come, follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” I thank You, Lord, this is a promise in the bible from You. Fisherman are very hard workers using their strength to cast nets and bring in the fish. Thank You that my child/ren will not sit around doing nothing in life; my child/ren will not be afraid to do the hard work. Thank You, Lord, that just like the earthly fishermen, my child/ren will be courageous and patient people. Just as fishermen have skill in where to find and how to catch fish, You, Lord, are giving my child/ren the skills for soul-winning, skills to work together, skills to be cooperative. Thank You, Lord, for giving my child/ren the faith and alertness to win souls for Christ. Thank You for giving them energy and patience; the staying power, stamina and tenacity to endure. They will have the ability to grip something firmly, have determination and persistence. I speak forth that my child/ren will not be quitters or complainers! So today and this day forward, I trust that You, Lord, are working in my child/ren. I rejoice at this promise that there is power in prayer and that my child/ren this day forward are soul winners for You. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Father, I come to You today to pray for Your promise of protection by angels. In Your word, You say that angels are Your messengers that are sent forth throughout the earth; servants of Christ to minister to Your people; to assist, care for, counsel, guide, tend to, and direct us. I once heard a pastor say God spoke to him and said, “My people do not use angels enough”. Lord, I come to You today and stand in the gap for my child/ren and their protection in this world on this earth. I believe there is an unseen world of angels created by You ready for their assignment. I believe Your word in Psalm 91 that says You command Your angels charge over us to guard us in all our ways. I do believe Your angels have a divine role in each of our lives today; in my child/rens life today. Lord, I call forth Your angels. Release Your angels today over my child/ren; release Your angels over my family; release Your angels over each one of us. In Hebrew 1:14 You reiterate that Your angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. I thank You my child/ren will inherit salvation; Your angels are available for my child/ren so today, Lord, send forth Your angels to my child/ren. You know their thoughts, their struggles, their temptations. You know what necessities they need. You know their interests, Lord. You know where they hurt. Protect them today and every day, Lord. I thank You and trust You, Lord, when they are not in my sight that You are taking care of them. That You are sending out angels to encamp about them, to guard them, to protect them in all their ways. Lord, You sent angels to shut the lions’ mouth so that they could not harm Daniel. Lord, You sent angels to comfort Jesus after He was tempted by Satan. Lord, Your word says in Psalm 103:20, “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!” I bless You Lord that You send Your angels forth; who are mighty in strength, who perform Your word, who obey the voice of Your word. I thank You this is what is happening over my child/ren. You are sending Your angels forth to my child/ren today and every day to perform Your word and obey the voice of Your word for my child/ren. I kneel before You in praise! I raise my hands to You to worship my Almighty Father! I thank You that my child/ren are protected by angels; they are protected. I pray all this in Jesus’ name Amen.
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Wife, Mother, Christian woman who loves God's word and teaching others what God teaches me, Adoption Advocate, Writer, Illustrator.
Who am I? Galatians 2:20 does a great job of summing up who I am. My life is His, the One who loves me and gave Himself for me . In return, I want to be all He wants me to be and do all He wants me to do on this side of Heaven.
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Recipient of the Angels in Adoption Award 2016. A program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington D.C.