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O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes. Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.”
(1 Chronicles 29:18-19 NLT)

King David prays these words for the people of Israel and for his son Solomon.

In many parts of the country schools are either making preparations to begin the new school year, or have already opened. In reading these words of David, I wondered what would happen in the lives of our children, and grandchildren, if we were to ask God to do the same in their lives:

  • Obedience. May our children always want to obey God. God can change their hearts so they desire to be obedient to God.
  • Love. May our children always love God, firstly and faithfully, with a love that never changes in intensity.
  • Wholeheartedness. May our children have an undivided heart and be full out for God. May they develop a wholehearted desire to obey Him for all of their days.
  • Motivation. May our children see God’s plans and purposes unfold in their lives. May they remain focused and do everything necessary to complete what He has for them to do in this school year, and in their lifetime.

Can we even imagine what would occur in the lives of our children if we were to pray for them like this? Every school year presents it challenges, difficulties, and joys for both children and parents. We can set each day before the Lord in prayer, confident He will be the One to produce wonderful results.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16b, NLT)

“The battle for our children’s lives is waged on our knees.”
(Stormie Omartian)

In her post, “When the World Weighs Heavy“, Barbara Harper shares a powerful quote from Eric Liddell to remind and assure us God is not helpless and is always at work! You can read her entire post HERE.


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