A Husband’s Prayer

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Heavenly Father,

Thank you for my wife. She is an excellent wife and the crown of my life. When she honors me she brings health to my bones (Proverbs 12:4). My heart trusts in her, and she greatly enriches my life (Proverbs 31:11). I am known at the gates, because of her influence in my life, as I sit among my elders who are respected in the land (Proverbs 31:23). I bless her, along with the children, and say that many women do noble things, but my wife surpasses them all (Proverbs 31:28-29).

I put these words forward to honor my wife. I give thanks to you for her, for she is my soul-mate, and I thank you for joining us together as one flesh. I surrender her to you. May you protect her, continue to provide for her, and lead her into everlasting life.

Amen.

How To Pray

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It can be difficult to know how to pray. If you are a new believer in Jesus Christ, you are learning how to relate to God in a personal way. If you are a maturing believer, then sometimes its difficult to find the words as you go through times of loss, grief or other challenging circumstances.

One of the things that has helped many believers to find their way is to follow a simple acronym. Following the A.C.T.S acronym has helped believers in conversing with God when they are learning how to pray, or don’t know what to say. The following is a simple explanation of this acronym:

  • Adoration:  To worship and to praise God is a wonderful way to help us to focus on the One who is worthy of all of our glory. In Psalm 95:6, King David encourages us to: “Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” As we worship God, we can delight in His character and remember the many good things He has done for us. This helps us to enter into time alone with Him.
  • Confession: Agreeing with God is important in the growth and maturity of our relationship with Him. For example, where we have sinned, we are encouraged to confess our sins, because “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Acknowledging our sins before God helps us to hear from Him, and to be reassured of His presence with us.
  • Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord in appreciation for all of His wonderful works. Psalm 9:1 says: “I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.” When God opens our eyes to His goodness, our attitude changes, and we begin to be thankful for all He has done for us.
  • Supplication: We can humbly submit our requests to God. Philippians 4:6-7 says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God want us to make our requests known to Him, so that He can help us. 

I hope that the ACTS acronym will be helpful to you. Sometimes, we need some direction and guidance in our prayer life, and we can definitely learn from other believers how to pray.

God Bless!

Prayer for Children

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Father,

I pray for the safety and security of our children. In peace may they lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make them dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8). May your name be a strong tower for them, and as your righteous ones may they run into you (your arms) and feel safe (Proverbs 18:10).

May our children pay close attention to your instruction, as it comes through mature parenting, and the soundness of your Word. Give them ears to listen, eyes to see, and a mind that comprehends the value of keeping godly precepts. May the authority of your Word, and the obedience to their parents instruction, give life and health to their whole body (Proverbs 4:22).

Help them to set a good example for others to follow. May no one look down on their youthfulness, but rather be positively influenced by their their speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, as they follow Jesus (1 Timothy 4:12). May their light shine in such a way that others may see their good works, and glorify their Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

We present our children to your safe-keeping and to your tender-care.

Amen!

Make Peace With God

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May my ways be pleasing to You, LORD, so that even my enemies will be at peace with me (Proverbs 16:7). I ask for a steadfast mind to keep me in perfect peace, because I trust in You (Isaiah 26:3). As I rely on your protection, you will make peace with me (Isaiah 27:5), and it is the work of Your righteousness that brings peace, and the service of your righteousness that brings quietness and confidence forever (Isaiah 32:17).

Thank you for having compassion on me, and establishing your covenant of peace (Isaiah 54:10). May I go out with joy and be led forth with peace (Isaiah 55:12). Forgive me for travelling in the way of the wicked, for they shall have no peace (Isaiah 57:21). There is no justice in the tracks of the wicked, because they have made their paths crooked, and anyone who follows in their ways will not know God’s peace (Isaiah 59:8).

Instead, I turn from my wicked ways and receive the peace of God by making peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. May You, Jesus, give me Your peace that passes all understanding and guards my heart and my mind in You (Philippians 4:7).

Thank you, Lord Jesus!