Remember being up all night with little ones only to put a hard work day in afterwards. Adult children may not keepus
up all night but you worry about there life and choices.
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Best way is to turn them over to God. This morning I pray for my friends dealing with Adult Children and they pain from worry. Lift it up to the Lord. Amen
Chapter 15 – Pray That Your Adult Children Will Walk into the Future God Has for Them
There is no time when we will stop worrying about our adult children. Ask my mother-in-law who is 93, she still is concern for her son, Don. She keeps him in her prayer and thoughts daily. He is 57 years old.
Stormie talks abo having adult children as a life sentence. She says “it only felt like I was doing hard time when I wasn’t praying. Otherwise when I was praying it was more like a lifetime assignment from God to keep my adult children covered.”
Remember parents – we always have hope in God. God’s love in us inspires hope. Enemy tries to steal our hope, but we can silence him with the Word of God.
I think this is a great idea. Send a letter to you Son or Daughter about their future. If you do not have the book – email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a copy of the letter to use.
Final chapter thought -Read Jeremiah 17:7-8
Psalm 37:37, Proverbs 4:18 and Proverbs 23:18
Tomorrow I’ll write my conclusion thoughts on Stormie’s book “The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children”
This chapter is getting us down to business – prayer
1. Pray that your adult children have wisdom and good judgment to do the right thing.
2. Pray that they will learn to fear Go and not man. Proverbs 29:25
3. Pray that they will trust God and His Word. Proverbs 30:5
4. Pray that the live in the presence of God where there is safety.
5.Pray that they will make God their refuge and turn to Him for protection.
6. Pray that your adult children will be hidden in the Lord and use His Word as a shield.
7. Pray that they will not live in fear of danger or disease.
8. Pray that they will not e afraid, envy when they see destruction happening all around them.
9. Pray that they will understand the consequences for not living God’s way.
10. Pray that they understand that the reward for living God’s way is His protection.
Hebrews 1:14 “For he shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”
We want to pray that our children can make it through tough times and survive them. Overall pray that God will put his loving arm around your Adult Children and protect them.
As our marriage relationship is important so is the friendships and work relations we have. We need good people around u who strengthen us and contribute to the quality of our lives.
You may have seen bad influences affect your Adult Children. Even bad influence in business people with who they spend a great deal of time at work is cause for prayer.
So today, lets pray for good relationships with Godly friends. We do not want our Adult Children to feel isolated or alone. Good Christian people can build us u and help us to keep things in proper perspective.
Proverbs 12:26 – “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, or the way of the wicked leads them astray.” The wrong people can sway us off the path, no matter how much we assure ourselves that this will never happen.
I know how important it is to have good relationships with coworkers. Never take that for granted either. It is where many of our friendships are born. We never want our adult children to have to compromise their beliefs or what is right in the sight of God at work.
She finishes the Chapter talking about their relationships with Siblings and Parents. It is important for everyone to he good relationships with their brothers d sisters. Pray that there not be jealously among your children. Ask God to help you avoid showing any favoritism that could cause resentment.
Remember in all things God’s power is far greater than the enemy’s. The enemy only wins in our lives when he can get to believe a lie about God.
If our minds are computers, then like computers we can download viruses that can damage our lives and definitely our thought patterns.
We are not righteous, we inherit that from God, because we believe, Hi righteousness combats evil influences. This righteous of God doesn’t just happen without prayer. Pray that we and are Adult Children receive all God has for us. As Stormie puts it “We are not praying to earn something we are praying to receive something.” If you look to prayer as only a way you talk to God. We have to pray to him each day and believe him. If we are not praying the enemy will attack.
Thank goodness Jesus didn’t say to his Disciples – I did my best to teach you, good luck you are on your own. He still prayed to keep them from the evil one. We as parents must do no less. We must pray “Lord protect my children from the evil one.”
Please review the seven ways to pray for our adult child to resist evil influences. This is the most important prayer you can pray.
Read these scripture verses: 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Isaiah 30:21, Proverbs 2:10-12, Jeremiah 36:3, Ephesians 6:12, Psalm 6:6-9 and Psalm 107:20-22.
We must be steadfast in our prayers and don’t hesitate to call for others to pray with you. Join with others, this is he most powerful thing you can do next to fasting and prayer. Join together. Stormie puts it – There’s a biblical principle that the multiplying of partnership in prayers multiples the dimension of impact. Leviticus 26:8.
Remember there is nothing wrong with telling our Adult Children when they are off the path of God. That it isn’t acceptable in God’s eyes. Before you confront adult child please pray to God for wisdom and to open they heart and open their eyes to the truth. Amen. You do have greater authority in your children’s lives if you submit yourself to Father God’s authority too. Bathe our self in prayer before you confront them.
These chapters are packed with lots of good prayers and thoughts. Read the Prayer Power and continue to pray to God for wisdom in dealing with your Adult Children.
This Chapter is about having your mind and thoughts in the right place. I believe that our mind is where the enemy (Satan) attacks us. He tries to put lies in our head and have us reject God’s truth. Satan knows that as long as they believe his lies, he has won. We all can have this happen to us. It can cause us to waste our time, our heath and many other things because of our inability to do what we are suppose to do.
I guess I could say I am a poster child for what thoughts can do to your body. It can make you physically sick and emotional drained. If we remember to say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” instead of saying “I always fail at everything” we are more likely to succeed. We tend to believe the lie and that is where the problems lie. Satan can sometimes be screaming at us… listen for the stillness of God – John 8:44 says “there is n truth in him… for he is a liar and he father of it.”
We have to break that bondage from the evil one and start focusing on Christ, our Adult Children may have been plugged into this self-destructive behavior and believing the lies of Satan. We must pray that our adult children’s eyes are open to see God’s revelation for their lives and block out the lies. I love Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” The world and Satan both have things that seem right on the surface, but will lead to only death in the end.
Stormie puts it this way, Intrusion from Enemy instead of God’s infusion. We need to pray that God penetrates and becomes the only voice our Adult Children recognize. If we do not take control of our minds, the devil will. It is the same for all of us, it is at first a hard fight, but praying for adult children can quiet the enemy’s voice and help hem better identify and control the thoughts they allow into their minds.
Three things that are true about the Mind of a Believer:
- God give each of us a sound mind.
- The enemy wants to destroy our sound minds with his lies.
- We have a choice about what we allow into our minds. We can control what we think.
Three points of prayer for the minds of our Adult Children:
- Pray that they have nothing less than the sound mind God has given each of them
- Pray that the enemy of their souls cannot fill their minds with lies that oppress them mentally and emotionally
- Pray that your adult children make the right choices as to what they allow into their minds.
One more thing I’ll cover in this Chapter is having Praise heals the mind, emotions, and attitudes. We have to rid ourselves of negative emotions, wrong attitudes and praise God. Praising Him invites His presence to reign in our midst. Amen.
Remember the good things of God and remind your adult children. Amen.
I divided this Chapter up because it is a great deal to digest in one sitting.
We want to avoid hard financial times, but if we are walking with God even minor set-backs will be nothing more than that. We want them to avoid major disaster, such as losing a house, getting into debt or filing for bankruptcy. I think in my financial situation even today – I need to pray for God’s guidance and have everything be a teachable moment in the process. Same goes for our Adult Children.
Stormie answers the question on how to pray for our Adult Child to not have Financial Hardships. No one wants to see their Adult Child go through financial problems. We don’t want it for us either. I believe God can use these low and attention getting situations to get us moving in the right direction again. Stressful as a financial situation can be – God will use these situations to turnaround an adult child situation.
If you are dealing with a Adult Child that is struggling – pray that their situation will turn them to the Lord and His ways more than ever before in their lives. Some financial problems will require professional help and counseling. Pray God provides answers and people in there lives to help them along their path.
Now on the other hand, you could have an adult child that is a hard worker and isn’t balancing their lives between their health, marriage and children and time with the Lord. Pray for them to be awakened to understand the need for balance and knowing God’s priorities for our lives.
Truth is when you lose everything you realize that God is everything. He does provide. I cannot go into detail, but over the last 3 years, my husband and I have been in a financial hardship. We are finally seeing the end of the tunnel and moving back in our home. No matter how bad it seemed at times during these years, God has always provided. Philippians 4:19 “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory of Christ Jesus.” I like Stormie says began to pray for stability and God’s will and things have turned around. God can do the same for our Adult Children.
Prayer Power – God’s Spirit be poured upon our adult children.
Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.
It is important for our Adult Children to have direction regarding their life’s work. It could be said, that many of us have moved aimlessly through life looking for our life’s work. I know I have had many jobs, but all through the government. I am not talking about changing jobs for career moves – we are talking about our Children finding career and praying to God for his guidance.
“God wants us all to enjoy our work and not labor in vain. And that’s what we all want as well. That is why we should pray. “Lord, You have said that Your desire for those who love You and live Your ways is that we will long enjoy the work of our hands and that we should not labor in vain.”
We have a generation of young folks that do not know what it is to work hard -pray that they will be diligent in their work and work hard. We know everyone thoughts are different and for us that have worked hard all our lives know we find satisfaction in working hard. It could be that our adult children have been given too much and they think “why work – I’ll get it for free.
5 Things the Bible says people who are diligent and work hard:
- Those who work hard will always have enough
- Those who work had will possess a great inner treasure – Read Proverbs 12:27
- Those who work hard will enrich their souls – Proverbs 13:4
- Those who work hard will become leaders – Proverbs 12:24
- Those who work hard will always be increasing – Proverbs 13:11
These five reasons along should give us inspiration to pray for our adult children to work hard and be diligent.
This is a big chapter to digest in one session. Check out part 2.