How Every Parent Can Pray For Their Kids

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As parents, we are given a biblical responsibility for the discipleship of our kids.  Whether you feel fully equipped to do this or not is a legitimate feeling that many parents have. Obviously, this is why the church is here.  To help equip you for this purpose.  At the same time, one thing that we can all do is pray for our kids.  I came across this prayer guide and wanted to share it with you.

Take time to look up the verses that correspond with the prayer requests.  What’s amazing is that as we read the bible verses and pray the prayers, God will equip you in greater ways than you could have imagined to disciple and mentor your own kids!  We have a part in raising what could be the greatest generation for the gospel that the world has ever known.  Lets not drop the ball!

Prayer Requests and Scripture Promise

  • Personal Salvation & a Committed Life I Corinthians 1:4-9; Galatians 1:3-5; 3:14-21; Philippians 1:3-11; 2 Timothy 1:3-7
  • Sense of Security and Love Psalm 91:10-12; John 17:14-17; Romans 8:35
  • Presentation of a Good Example and Worth Testimony Philemon 4-6; Ephesians 6:1-4; II Thessalonians 1:3-8; I Thessalonians 1:2-10
  • Development of the Mind of Christ Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:3-12
  • Knowledge of Right and Wrong Proverbs 20:11; 28:13; Philippians 1:9,10
  • Protect from Evil Proverbs 4:14, 15; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 6:11; James 4:7-9
  • Resistance to False Teachings Matthew 7:15; Colossians 2:8
  • Godly Decision Making Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 12:1,2; I Corinthians 1:13, 31; Philippians 3:12-14
  • Establishment of Realistic Goals for Life Psalm 32:8; 138:8; 143:8-10; Proverbs 4:20-27
  • Wise Friendships Proverbs 13:20; 22:24,25
  • A godly Husband or Wife and a Happy Marriage II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:22,23
  • Management of Time and Stress Proverbs 16:9; Philippians 4:6
  • Development of Good Work Habits Colossians 3:23; II Timothy 2:15
  • Discipline in Financial  Mark 12:41-44; II Thessalonians 3:7-10
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Are You Part of The 200 Yet?

I’m excited to share something very special with you that we will be launching this week. We are starting a new opportunity for the Fellowship family to pray together and we’re calling it The Fellowship 200. The Fellowship 200 is a group of people that will be committed to praying for The Fellowship, its ministries, and its leaders on a regular basis. However, it is our desire is to see us move from 200 to 300, 400, and on.

200 is just a starting point. 

I know what you might be thinking. Why would we ask 200 of our church family to commit to pray on a regular basis for our church? Well, first off, the Bible teaches us that prayer changes things. But more than that, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands us to “pray without ceasing.” When God was ready to do something great for His people, He called them to pray.

We see that in the amazing story of Esther (Esther 4:16) and when Nehemiah was called to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:5-11). If that’s not enough, one can find more than 500 examples of prayer and about 400 passages on prayer or teachings about it in the Scriptures.

So join 199 others today and be a part of something great! Then, we will expect great things together while lifting up our prayers and petitions to the Creator of the Universe.

 Whether during morning quiet time, lunch hour, or workout session or maybe that afternoon drive, The 200 will make some time each day to lift up The Fellowship body and its ministries in prayer.

Will you be one of the 200? 

Click on this link. It will take you to the sign up page on our website. Simply answer a few questions and you will begin receiving my bi-weekly prayer update that I will personally send to you, The 200. 

Serving Alongside,

Matt

20 Days of Fasting & Prayer, Day 12

DAY 12 – The Church Sends Out Its 1st Missionary Team.
READ: Acts 13:2-5, 8, 13, 44-45, 48-52 and Acts 14:1-2, 4, 11, 19, 26-28

Have you ever been on a mission trip? Or, gone door to door evangelizing? It can be scary. You never know what the reception or reaction of the people will be to the Gospel. When the church at Antioch sent out their first official missionary team, you’d think that the Lord would have given them a bit of a break that first trip out. But such was not the case. One of their own team members returned home barely after they got on the road. Jealous religious leaders turned influential citizens against them in one city, while a magician they encountered in another town was hard at work doing the same. If that wasn’t enough, some townsfolk along the way mistakenly thought Paul and Barnabas were gods. Yet that didn’t stop another angry bunch in a nearby area from stoning Paul and leaving him for dead! Their strong, home congregation had fasted, prayed and sent these men out in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet the team still experienced uncivilized areas full of superstition, ignorance and Satanic opposition.

How Does This Apply to Me? When we have opportunities to reach out, minister or share our faith, we shouldn’t expect God to make it easy on us just because we’re willing to do it or because we’re being obedient. Sharing the Gospel won’t always be an easy road for us and, it’s usually not found on the path of least resistance. Wherever we are, and wherever we go, we should be aware that opposition, struggles and difficulties may join us along the way. We need to remember that those detours and inconveniences in life will not sidetrack the spreading of the Gospel, nor will they stamp out God’s love for the people of this world that He came to seek and to save.

Acts 13:49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.

Praying Together: Let’s ask God for the wisdom and the strength to carry out the mission that He gave us of taking the Gospel to the whole world.

20 Days of Fasting & Prayer, Day 11.

DAY 11 – When God Answers One Prayer and Ignores Another.
READ: Acts 12:1-3, 5-7, 12-16

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…It’s a saying that has come to be a bit of a joke these days. Yet, somehow it seems to get the point across. While the Gospel was successfully making it’s way across Europe, back in Jerusalem, things weren’t going so well. For one, King Herod (in a power play to impress his people) murdered the first of the 12 Apostles: James. When the Jews showed their approval, he rounded up Peter and threw him into prison with plans to kill him next! The new believers were rightfully shaken. They immediately circled the wagons and went to prayer. But when Peter was spared, and their prayers for him were actually answered, they were shocked and in disbelief!

How Does this Apply to me? Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we think that He should or in the way that we want Him to. For some reason, God allowed James to die, yet he miraculously saved Peter. It’s beyond our understanding. And, it’s no surprise the early believers were baffled! In moments like these, when things aren’t going our way, we need to call upon the Lord for strength to stand firm and believe. We need to rest in the fact that He is all powerful and in control, remind ourselves that He does hear our prayers and accept that He truly has a plan. Just as the death of James did not stop the early church, troubles and trials in our lives will not derail God’s will for each of us nor His vision for The Church.

Acts 12:24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.

Praying Together:. When we don’t see God’s hand or understand His plan, let’s ask The Lord for the strength to not only survive but to be victorious through those difficult and dark times.

20 Days of Fasting & Prayer, Day 1.

DAY 1 – A New Faith for an old Religion.
READ: Acts 1: 3-5, 8-9, 14

Have you ever been a part of something new? Or, maybe you found yourself having to press the restart button of life. 2,000 years ago, a few Jewish men and women went through a similar type of situation. They were instructed to take on an incredible mission: Start a new religion (Christianity) and make disciples of all men. Jesus knew it was a lot to ask. So, He promised to send help. And He did. Jesus also told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promise–the power of the Holy Spirit. After that, they were to spread the gospel to the neighboring areas (Judea and Samaria) and then to the ends of the earth. Then, suddenly, he disappeared right before their eyes.

They’d been through the shock of His death and resurrection. One of their own had committed suicide. And now, Jesus was gone. Again. But He didn’t leave them alone. That group had obviously been through a lot. You’d think they’d say, “I just can’t take anymore. I can’t do this. You’ve got to be kidding!” But they didn’t. Verse 14 tells us that the exact opposite actually took place. They “came together in unity and prayer”. And, due to the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, they were energized and determined to carry out the mission. And they were victorious!

How does this apply to me? As we, the family at Two Rivers, move toward an unprecedented time of transition, change and refocus, we are obeying this same call. This is the call to prayer, to unity and to make disciples of all men. During this next 20 days of Prayer and Fasting, we’ll learn about the founding of the New Testament church, discover the purpose of the church, celebrate the miracles that took place and marvel at the expansion of the gospel to all parts of the world. Following the Lord’s words, we too are called to reach our city, Nashville, for Christ. Then, we are to reach out to our neighboring areas, and then our world. The book of Acts is where we find the basis for our new mission statement: Doing whatever it takes to make committed followers of Jesus Christ.

Just like the early church, let’s pray and wait for the power of the Holy Spirit to help us accomplish this mission. This is the formula for success. In other words, this is exciting stuff that will encourage, challenge and excite all of us as to the power of the church and how God can use Two Rivers if we are faithful and obedient! With the Holy Spirit’s power and prayer, we can, and will be, victorious.

Acts 1:14 ¶ They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included. Also Jesus’ mother, Mary, and his brothers. (The Message)