The only sure thing you can count on when it comes to your kids . . . is that God has got them.As parents we strategize and agonize. We wish for secret formulas and surefire methods. But somewhere along the way, we discover that what our kids need most is for God to do in their lives what only He can do. This beautiful deluxe edition of The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids is designed to provide you with a daily dose of parenting perspective and hope.Join trusted author Nancy Guthrie as she takes you through The One Year Bible reading plan, helping you to mine each day’s passages to discover how the Scriptures speak into the triumphs and turbulence of parenting, as well as provide fresh ways to pray for each of your children. Day by day you’ll find yourself worrying less and praying more as your dreams and desires for your kids are increasingly shaped by the Scriptures rather than the culture around you. Let go of fear, and expect God to work as you pray through the Bible for your kids.
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The One Year Praying through the Bible for your Kids
By Nancy Guthrie
Tyndale House PublishersCopyright © 2016 Nancy Guthrie
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Formless, Empty, Dark
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning, when God spoke the Creation into being from nothing, the earth was a mass of raw material, a dark and barren wilderness with no shape to it. But it was brimming with possibility because the Spirit of God was hovering over it in anticipatory power, waiting for the Word to go out. Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. The power of God's spoken word penetrated and eradicated the darkness. As he continued to speak, the formlessness of creation gave way to the order of earth and sky, land and sea. The emptiness was filled with plant, animal, and human life.
And still God's Word goes out with shaping, filling, illumining power. Still the Spirit hovers over homes and families where there is chaos and emptiness and darkness with the power to bring something out of nothing. Still the Spirit works through the Word so that what emerges is truly good.
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Creator, we need you to do a creative work in our home that only you can do. We need your Spirit to hover as we open up your Word day by day this coming year. Let there be light in our home. May it penetrate the dark corners and expose what is hidden. Bring order to our disordered ways of relating to each other and to you. Fill up the empty places with your beauty and life.
As parents, we don't have the power to create spiritual life in___________. Only you can do that. So won't you do your creative work in ___________? Shape his life into something beautiful for your glory. Enlighten his eyes to see you. Fill his life with your good gifts.
She took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. Genesis 3:6-7
When God's first children, Adam and Eve, rebelled against him by eating what they were told was forbidden, they went from being naked and feeling no shame to being keenly aware of their nakedness and full of shame. They went from intimate relationship with God to alienation from God. They went from living in a world of blessing to living in a world under a curse.
It could have been the end of the story; instead, it was the beginning of a new story of grace. There in the Garden of Eden, God covered the nakedness of his disobedient children with the skins of an animal, a preview of the greater sacrifice of one who would provide a covering once and for all. And God gave them a promise. God assured them that one day a descendant of Eve would be born. He, too, would be tempted, but he would obey instead of rebel. He would take the curse upon himself and put an end to the evil that now infiltrated all creation.
In the midst of the curse, the Lord offered a word of grace, a word of hope. Today he offers that same favor to you — no matter how deep or prolonged your family's struggles are.
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Father, it helps me to know that you understand how it feels to have a child disobey your clear instruction. You have felt the disappointment and heartbreak of having a son and daughter assume that you are keeping them from something good rather than protecting them from something evil.
Father, you are the only one who can provide an adequate covering for ___________'s shame through the righteousness of your obedient Son. Help ___________ to accept and embrace that all of her shame was placed upon Christ on the cross so that she can stand before you forgiven and blameless, with no need to hide.
The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, "I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. ..." But Noah found favor with the Lord. Genesis 6:5-8
Humanity had become thoroughly and pervasively evil. There was no goodness, no kindness, no joy — just never-ending selfishness and never-enough indulgence. This is the world Noah was born into and the nature he was born with. Noah was born a sinner like everyone around him. The same selfishness came naturally to him, and the same debauchery tempted him. But Noah was not like everyone around him. Noah's life was not guided by his environment and inherited tendencies. How do we know? Noah found favor, or grace, with the Lord. Or perhaps it would be better to say that grace found Noah.
It's not that God looked over humanity and found the one person who sought to please him, thereby granting Noah favor and providing him salvation in the ark. The grace came before the goodness. Noah did not earn this favor from God. It was a gift, pure and simple and undeserved. In fact, God's favor is never something that can be earned or purchased. It is always a gift. The grace that found Noah changed Noah. In fact, it shaped everything about his life and identity. Though he was surrounded by evil and perversion, the grace at work in Noah's life implanted within him the desire to keep himself pure and uncontaminated.
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Lord, may ___________ find favor with you. Would you grant him your grace that cannot be earned through good behavior and therefore cannot be lost by bad behavior? And may the grace that finds ___________ change him so that he might, like Noah, be a blameless person in his generation, one who walks in fellowship with you.
Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. ... Come and listen to my counsel, I'll share my heart with you and make you wise, Proverbs 1:20, 23
All of us, if left to ourselves, are naturally foolish. But God is too good to leave us floundering in our foolishness. He comes to us offering wisdom. Yet he is even more active than that. God does not quietly make the offer of wisdom known; he shouts it in the streets. It's as if he is standing on the back of a flatbed truck waving his hands, trying to get us to stop barreling down the highway of life and choosing our own way so that he can point us in another direction. He wants to save us from ending up where that dead-end road will take us. He wants us to find our way home — to him.
In the pages of the Bible, and especially in the book of Proverbs, God calls out from the highest heights to us, and to our children, insisting that there are really only two paths in this life — one that leads to death and misery, and one that leads to life and joy. He offers exactly what we need to navigate life while enjoying his presence along the way and finding him fully at our final destination.
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God of all wisdom, we hear you shouting in the street, offering to share your heart with us and to make us wise, As much as we love our children, we want to love them the way you love them, So please share your heart with us, And as much as we want to lead and guide our children, we know that we cant do it without the wisdom that comes from you, So please make us wise,
Lord, please keep shouting in the streets to ___________. Keep crying out to her to come to you and listen to your counsel, Give ___________ the will to open up your Word day by day to hear from you, Don't let ___________ be a fool who hates knowledge, Make ___________ wise.
Blessing from God
The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:1-3
In Genesis 11 we read about the people in Babel who, wanting to make a name for themselves, built a tower into the heavens intending to make their way to God. Then in Genesis 12, we discover something radically different. God came down to a man who wasn't even looking for him and made incredible promises to him. God told Abram that he would make his name great and that he would bless him. God promised to be Abram's security and to give his life significance. God's promise of blessing was a sheer gift of grace.
Surely we want this name, blessing, and significance for ourselves and for our children too. We don't want the name we can make for ourselves. We don't want the security we can assemble for ourselves or the wealth we can amass for ourselves. We want the blessing of God that is a work of God.
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Lord, as I think about the life that lies ahead for ___________, I find myself wanting him to make something of himself. I want him to be somebody. I want him to do what he needs to do to create financial and relational security. But I'm also realizing that I don't want ___________ to have a life that is all about what he can accomplish. Rather, I'm asking you to bless him in the way only you can. Shower him with the blessings that are ours in Christ. Make his life all about what you have done, what you will do, what you will give. Make his life all about your grace and goodness to him.
The Lord took Abram outside and said to him, "Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That's how many descendants you will have!" And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Genesis 15:5-6
Abram could have taken stock of the promises made to him by God and discounted them. He could have simply deemed them too good to be true and disregarded them. Instead, he went against intuition and logic, against what he saw and felt, and believed God. Abram trusted God's promise, not only that he would have many descendants, but that one of them would bless the world and be its Savior.
Because Abram believed God, a miraculous and mysterious transaction took place. Abram was "counted" as righteous. A deposit was made to Abram's spiritual account in the sight of God, a deposit of righteousness. It wasn't wages that he earned, and neither was it something that magically appeared out of nowhere. This was real righteousness. But it was not Abram's righteousness. Abram believed God, and his faith became the channel through which he received the perfect righteousness of another. When Christ came, living a life of sinless obedience and loving devotion to God, the true and perfect source of the righteousness credited to Abram was revealed.
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Oh, God, would you give ___________ this saving faith? Would you give the faith to take stock of your promises and grab hold of them? Please deposit to her account the same righteousness that was deposited to Abram's account — the righteousness of Christ.
Pray like This
Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13
It seems simple enough: Prayer is talking to God. And yet we struggle with it. Often when we pray as a family, such as before a meal, our prayers sound like we're just going through the motions with no real desire to connect with our Father in praise, thanksgiving, confession, or petition. Just the same old "bless this food."
But we want so much more for ourselves and our children. We want them to know how to truly commune with God in prayer. Just like Jesus' disciples, we need to learn to pray. We want to learn to begin not with our requests, but with his honor. We want to welcome his Kingdom to come and his will to be done in our home and in our hearts. We want our children to know that God is our ultimate provider who delights in being depended upon. We want to be a family who is real about our sin and our need for forgiveness as well as our need to forgive. So as parents, we humble ourselves to name our sin and ask forgiveness. We humble ourselves to name the temptation from which we need to be rescued.
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Father, may we keep your name holy. May our home be an outpost of your Kingdom, and may all who live here gladly conform to your will and your ways. You are the source of everything we need, and we ask you to provide as you see fit. You are the only one who can grant us forgiveness and the grace to forgive each other. You are our only source of power to say no to sinful desires, and our only source of rescue from the evil one who wants to claim us and our children as his own for eternity.
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