When God asked King Solomon what he wanted, King Solomon replied he wanted a heart. What if we prayed for the men in our lives to have that same kind of heart Solomon asked God to give him? Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people? ~1 Kings 3:9 MSG
Each day this week, we will post specific scripture references pertaining to fathers/fatherhood/heavenly Father for us to intentionally focus on in prayer. Let’s HONOR the fathers (biological, step, adoptive, spiritual) in our lives by standing in the gap for each of them.If you missed the preblitz prayer, husband prayer or parenting prayer, be sure to go back and read/pray them!
Today we focus on the heart of the father for the men in our lives.
Day Three Scripture Focus: The Heart
And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction. ~Malachi 4:6
Day Three Prayer Focus: The Heart
- Pray for your self/husband to have a heart for your/his children.
- Pray for your own father/father-in-law to have a heart for his children, regardless of age.
- Pray for your children to have a heart for you/their father.
Fathers/husbands: Repent for moments that you may have neglected your child or not attended to their needs in an appropriate manner. Pray for God to give you divine parenting wisdom, restore divine order in your family and relationship with your children. Repent for times you may not have heeded your earthly or heavenly father's attempts at having a relationship with you.
Mothers/wives: Repent for any way you may have stood between or hindered your children's relationship with their father or your husband's relationship with his/your children. Pray for God to restore relationships and divine order in your family. Repent for any ways you have rejected your earthy or heavenly Father's attempts at relationship with you. Forgive your father for any ways you felt rejected or not cared for.
Forgive your own father for moments he may not have attended to your needs or you felt like he neglected you, in any way.
Pray and declare in faith:
As a son or daughter: Thank you God that my father's heart is turned toward me and my heart is turned toward him. I pray my own father will feel loved, cherished and cared for not only by his earthly father but by our Heavenly Father as well.
As a father: Thank you that my heart is turned toward my children and their heart is turned toward me. May I love and provide for them. May I have the divine wisdom to understand them and be attentive and understanding to their individual needs. May I enjoy my children whole heartedly. May my children feel loved, cherished and cared for by me.
As a mother/wife: Thank you that my children's hearts are turned toward their father and his heart is turned toward them. May I do nothing to stand in the way of my children's relationship with their father. May my children feel loved, cherished and cared for by their father.
Lord Jesus, give the men in my life eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts that are engaged in You and the battle around them, that they will know who they are, where they are, and the good You are up to in their lives. In Jesus name, Amen.
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