“You have captured my heart,
my treasure, my bride.
You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes,
with a single jewel of your necklace,” Song 4:9.
Lord, You have captured my heart and the hearts of my three boys. You are our treasure. May Your laws always hold our hearts and minds hostage. May we follow You with reckless abandon, forsaking all sense of self. Let us clothe ourselves in the jewels of Your presence; in righteousness, love, grace, wisdom, strength, justice, mercy, integrity, freedom, truth, faithfulness and purity of heart. May we be blind and deaf to the temptation of this world. We will not be deceived; we are doers of the word, not only hearers! Let my family and me remain humble in Your sight, Lord, so that You will lift us up.
1 Kings 9:4 – “As for you, walk before Me as your father David walked, with a true heart doing what is right. Do all that I have told you. Obey My Laws.”
Prayer: May C & B walk before You in the land of the living, Lord. May they walk just as King David did: in truth and integrity and with their hearts fixed forever on You. Let them do all that You have told them and willingly obey Your commands. They shall know Your ways, Lord, and walk in Your truth. They praise You alone. Forever my sons will glorify Your holy name! Let Connor and Blake love You, God, with all of their hearts, souls and minds. The first commandment is written upon their hearts for all time! Like David, let my sons worship You to give to You and not to get; they seek You not out of selfish gain but out of awe and thanksgiving. They worship You in love and truth. Connor and Blake are obedient to You; they have hearts that seek after You, God, not their own desires.
Job 27:5 – “I will never concede that you are right; I will defend my integrity until I die.”
Prayer: Lord, may my sons never compromise their integrity. They will not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil. They are blessed because they are peacemakers and Your sons. Connor and Blake hunger and thirst for righteousness and You satisfy them, God. My sons seek You with all their hearts and they keep Your testimonies. My sons will defend integrity all the days of their lives; as they defend integrity and Your Holy name, Lord, may You always defend them and preserve their lives.
Psalm 101:2 – “I will be careful to live a blameless life—
when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.”
Prayer: C & B refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. They hate all who deal crookedly; they will have nothing to do with them. My boys will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil. They will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. My boys will not endure conceit and pride. They will search for faithful people to be their companions.Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve them and be served by them. Connor and Blake will not allow deceivers to serve in their homes, and liars will not stay in their presence. My sons will sing of Your love and justice Lord and praise You with songs. Always be near to them Lord, for they call on You in truth and seek You with all of their hearts. Help them lead lives of integrity at home and in public. May Nick and I serve as godly examples to our sons and may our home be full of integrity and righteousness with Your help and by Your grace and strength, Lord.
Titus 2:7 – “And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.”
Prayer: God, let Connor and Blake live their lives as a testament to You and Your laws. May they shine like lights in this dark world. May their lives reflect Your wholesome teaching, Father. Help my sons to walk in wisdom, self-control, honesty, obedience and peace. Let them follow Your commands and pursue Your will with their minds, hearts, spirits and souls. My sons do not pursue their own selfish gain or follow sinful desires. Connor and Blake do not love their lives more than they love to submit to Your will for them, Lord. They love truth and follow it with fierce devotion and steadfastness of heart.
Luke 1:27 – “To a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.”
Prayer: Just as Joseph did not turn from Your will for his life, C & B will not turn from Your will for their lives. They will faithfully submit. My boys accept You as their Lord and King. Connor and Blake believe with all of their hearts that righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. They do not question Your authority or pervert Your character.
Daniel 1:8 – “But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.”
Prayer: Like Daniel, Connor and Blake are determined and strong in heart. They live their lives according to Your laws, God. My sons live in integrity and they do not defile themselves by doing what is unacceptable in Your sight. Even when no one is watching, they will do what is right in Your sight, Lord, for they can go nowhere from Your presence. Just like Daniel, Connor and Blake show perfect obedience to You and Your laws, God, and they will be brought great favor with You and with man.
Philippians 4:11 – “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”
Prayer: Lord, let Connor and Blake learn the secret to being content in all situations; write it upon their minds and plant it in their hearts. Let the revealed truth of trust in Your will and Your capabilities really live in their spirits. For my sons can do all things through You, Lord Jesus, for You give them strength.
1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
Prayer: Connor and Blake have put their hope in You, God, You are their Savior and the Savior of all men. They do their best to live a life of godliness and train themselves diligently in Your ways. As You were with Moses, so You are with my sons. Their enemies will not be able to stand up against them all the days of their lives and no one will be able to open their mouths against them in judgment. For they are Your servants, Lord. You bless them and keep them in all their ways and You surround them with Your favor as with a shield. You exalt Connor and Blake high above their enemies. Your everlasting arms hold them up. My son’s are bold and courageous. They will not fear or be dismayed because You are with them wherever they go. Connor and Blake are not conformed to the things of this world, but rather they are transformed by the renewing of their minds. They set an example for other believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. My sons fully devote themselves to Your service, God, and they do not neglect their gifts which You have given them. My sons are diligent in these matters; they give themselves wholly to You and they persevere in abiding by and teaching Your commands so as to save both themselves and those whom they teach.
1 Samuel 17:45-47 – “David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
Prayer: Lord, may Connor and Blake be as bold and courageous as King David. May they love You and Your laws with a ferocity and loyalty without match. Their faith in You and obedience to Your commands intermingle with Your unfailing love holding their hearts and minds securely without fear of falling into bondage to the enemy. Connor and Blake’s hearts and minds have been taken into captivity in Christ; in You they are safely hidden forevermore. May my sons know that You are with them always, Lord, and that You will never leave or forsake them all the days of their lives. Let them trust that You will lead them to the place which You have promised and that You will continue he good works You have begun in them. Connor and Blake will be still and wait patiently and expectantly on You to fight their battles. They know that You will always lead them to victory through Your Son. You are their great deliverer. You are their Jehovah Nissi; the Lord their Banner. They keep their eyes focused on You and their hands lifted to Your throne in praise and they will be victorious in all things.
(Genesis 12) Hebrews 11:8 – By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
Genesis 22:15-18 – “The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
Prayer: Connor and Blake have great faith evidenced by their total obedience to You and Your statutes, Lord. You will surely bless them and make their descendants as numerous as the stars. They will be mighty in the land and they will be blessed because they are upright in their hearts. May Connor and Blake always remember Romans 8:28 and live out their trust in You as they faithfully and peacefully climb the path before them. May my sons always reach out and encourage fellow believers and lead the lost to You along the way. Connor and Blake will receive their inheritance in You, their Heavenly Father, because they are faithful to You and Your statutes.