The longer I walk with the Lord, the more my prayers gravitate toward praying His Word. I still speak to Him, pray my childlike prayers, and pour out my heart to my God, but I am really moved by God to pray strategically for my child and family and for those who cross my path, and I am led to pray for.
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12).
God’s Word is not like any other text. In John 1, God equates Himself with His own Word in John 1:1, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word WAS God”, then emphasizes this truth again when referring to Jesus, “So the Word became human and made His home among us” (John 1:14).
Praying God is a powerful way to pray, and it also encourages and builds up my faith when I pray the promises in it – a living and powerful weapon which God Himself claims as equal to Himself, thus magnifying it importance far above human understanding. So, in childlike faith with my Heavenly Father, I love praying His Word back to Him.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).
Father, thank You for blessing me with the gift of my child on the spectrum [Genesis 33:5], child’s name, who brings me great joy [Psalm 113:9]. I pray for Your help for each step of this difficult yet marvelous journey, each season of his/her life.
You have knit my child together magnificently, and there has never been anyone like him/her before nor will there ever be [Psalm 139:13-14]. Lord, help me to see my child the way You see him/her, as individual and apart from me with an entire purpose that comes from You [Jeremiah 29:11] and help me parent him/her accordingly.
Father, give me the ability to humble myself to them when I am wrong and guide him/her in a way that will point them to You and prepare them for the future You want for them without crushing his/her precious spirit [Ephesians 6:4].
I need You God. Every moment of the day, I need You. I need the right words and best actions in every circumstance and situation with my child.
Apart from You I can do nothing [John 15:5].
I can’t parent for one millisecond without You. Thank You for always hearing me whenever I speak and for the gift of prayer which makes a vast difference [James 5:16] in shaping his/her future as well as mine, and it’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
“I cried out to Him with my mouth;
His praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld His love from me!”
I love these words of Jesus. He truly laid His life down for all to be given the choice to be reconciled to the Father. A life He raised up again on the third day, so we too can be raised up to a new life in Him if we so choose to accept His most wonderful gift.
My path with Jesus leads me to once again lay down my desires and what I want to be the time line for my dreams regarding writing and finishing my second book. The Lord blessed me with a son on the spectrum. He has Asperger’s, and without revealing any more than that, he is suffering greatly. And when our children suffer, we suffer with them. I am still not 100% healed from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, still struggle with pain and severe exhaustion, and it takes all of me to work my part-time job and raise and give my son the care and attention he needs now. I have no regrets and will never blame him in any way for these delays but count it an honor. I know that’s why the Lord gave Him to me. He knew I’d always be willing to “lay down my life and desires” as needed to do what is needed for my son and whatever else He asks of me.
My main ministry is motherhood and has been from the moment I held my son in my arms, and the care of my son may be extended because of his needs and health issues, but I will seek the Lord fervently through prayer and fasting for direction as to how I can best help my son be a loving and God-loving, independent adult.
Book 2 will be completed at snails pace with no idea of its release date.
God bless, and this single momma covets any ‘in Jesus’ name’ fervent prayers for my son and myself – healing all around, provision, and strength as we are making it through one day at a time.
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Matthew 16:24
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34
Remember Jesus this Holy week and this Easter Sunday.
My favorite Third Day song, You are so good to me: