“You, Lord, are my choice, and I will obey you. With all my heart I beg you to be kind to me, just as you have promised. I pay careful attention as you lead me, and I follow closely. As soon as you command, I do what you say,” Psalm 119:57-60.
Father, may my family and I be at rest in Your presence as our hearts are kept safe and pure in Your loving hands. Let us always worship You with all of our hearts and do not let us walk away from Your life-giving commands. Teach us to treasure Your word above all else and let it keep us from sinning against You. Let my family and I always praise You, Lord. Don’t let us question Your character; You are always good and Your motives are always pure! Your ways are righteous and You deal justly with Your children. My family and I will never forget that, God. We will never let our circumstances tarnish Your good name. Our love for You will never be spoiled and our hearts will remain pure and fixed on You and Your laws.
Give us wisdom and understanding in abundance. Let us continually discover the wonders of Your law. Point out your rules to us with kindness and patience and we will not disobey even one of them. Direct us by Your commands! We love to do what You say. Just as David said, make my family and me want to obey you, rather than to be rich. Take away our foolish desires, and let us find life by walking with you. We are Your servants! Do for us as You have promised to do for those who worship You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
- 1 Timothy 1:5 – “The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”
Prayer: Connor and Blake are filled with love; love that comes from their pure hearts, clear consciences and genuine faith. My sons are quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that You desire. Connor and Blake turn from all moral filth and evil and they humbly accept Your word that has been planted in them. Save them, Lord!
Keep their thoughts and actions pure and wholesome. Lead them not into temptation but into a deeper understanding of Your values and of the desires that You have planted in their hearts. Root out anything that the enemy has placed in my sons hearts or minds in an attempt to destroy them. Their hearts and minds are guarded in Your Son, Jesus. My sons are under Your covering, Lord. They are protected from impurity and lawlessness in all forms. They walk in the light of Your truth at the edge of this world; they do not conform to it. Make them determined to follow after You and Your laws, God. Let them be caught when they do wrong and speak renewal and healing into their hearts, minds, and souls in the places in which they are broken. Help them to strengthen themselves in You from a young age, God.
Do not let them rely on anyone else to help them cultivate a loving and devoted relationship with You. Make them realize that it is up to them to follow You and get to know You better. Plant a desire to know You more in Connor and Blake’s hearts and let them stick by each other in the face of resistance; let them encourage each other in You, God. Two are stronger than one; my sons are strong because they do not depart from one another or from You.
- 1 John 3:3 – “And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.”
Prayer: Connor and Blake live in eager expectation of Your second coming, Lord Jesus. In their expectation they keep themselves pure just as You are pure. Help them. Staying pure and clean in this blemished and dirty world is difficult. Let my sons lean on You, Jesus. Continually intercede for them and plead their case to Your Father as You sit at His righteous right hand. I pray that Connor and Blake would be white as snow and that their hearts would be clean and upright in Your sight, Oh God. See my sons through the righteousness bought for them by Your Son. They are cloaked in forgiveness and grace. Your mercy has been poured over them like cleansing waters, washing away the dirt of sin. Let Connor and Blake not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
- James 1:27 – “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Prayer: Father, Connor and Blake practice pure and genuine religion in Your eyes. They care for orphans and widows in their distress; they do not let the world corrupt them. My sons are not concerned with accumulating worldly possessions, God. Instead, they are concerned with being the hands and feet of Your ministry on this earth. Let them give generously to the least of these. Let them love as You love. Send my sons to the hurting and the helpless in this world, Father. Break their hearts for what breaks Yours, God, and convict them to make a difference! Cultivate a kind and compassionate spirit in each of them. Make my sons good stewards of their finances and the provisions that You have blessed them with so that they may bless others. With cheerful hearts Connor and Blake will give You more than their first fruits. They will give to You and bless Your Kingdom, Lord, especially when their flesh would tell them that they have nothing to give. Let my sons give out of their emptiness and lack in each area of their lives and give it back to them in good measure; create a cycle of blessing, Lord.
- Philippians 4:8 – “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Prayer: Connor and Blake fix their thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. They only think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Lord, I ask You to continually fill them with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding that Your Spirit gives. Let them live lives worthy of Your Son’s sacrifice. In every way my sons will bear fruit in every good work they do and they will grow in the true knowledge of You, God. Strengthen them with all power according to Your glorious might so that they may have great endurance and patience. Help them to give joyful thanks to You, Father, because You have given them an eternal inheritance; they are part of Your holy people in Your Kingdom of Light. You rescued them from the dominion of darkness and brought the sons that I love into the kingdom of the Son that You love. Thank You!! May Your Son’s sacrifice never be in vain!!
- Matthew 5:8 – “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”
Prayer: God, bless Connor and Blake for they are pure in heart. Let them see You! Open the eyes of my sons, God. Let them see wonderful things from Your law. Do not let them live in darkness; let them always see Your light shining for them. Do not let my sons lose sight of the blessings that You have laid out before them. Teach them to be content and hopeful in all situations so that they will not miss opportunities to claim blessings in disguise. Show Connor and Blake how to be led by Your word and not by their emotions. Remind them to clothe themselves each day in Your grace and in the armor of Your word. Let Your peace and righteousness permeate their souls and cast out any impurity. Connor and Blake will lead pure and godly lives in constant praise of Your law and honest love for You.
- Job 16:17 – “Yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.”
Prayer: Connor and Blake’s hands are free of violence, God, and their prayers are pure. The righteousness of their Savior covers them; they are sin-free in Your eyes, Lord. Jesus is Connor and Blake’s advocate. He is their witness. He is always interceding for my sons; He pleads for mercy on their behalf. Jesus never turns His ear away from the cries of my sons. Let them always remember this; stamp it on their hearts and minds forever. Remind them to pray without ceasing because they are always heard and always answered. You, Lord, hear their cries and You save them. My sons know You, God; they acknowledge You and they love You in deed and in profession. My sons love You and Your laws with sincerity and conviction; their love is true. Connor and Blake devour every word that comes from Your mouth and they do not turn from Your ways.
- Proverbs 20:11 – “Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.”
Prayer: Though Connor and Blake are children they are known by the way they act. Let their conduct be pure and right, God. One day my sons will not be children and they will be fully responsible for their actions. Please let Your laws be printed on their minds, let Your word be firmly planted in their hearts, and let their souls be deeply rooted in Your living water long before they are fully grown. My children will be mature in Your wisdom, Lord, before they are mature in physical stature. May everything they say and do be a reflection of Your love and laws. Make my sons wise enough to learn what You have commanded so that they may be found pure in Your eyes. Connor and Blake will know that You are their place of safety and their shield. Your word is their only hope; Your name is their strong tower.
- Philippians 1:9-10 – “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.”
Prayer: God, let Connor and Blake’s love overflow more and more and let them keep on growing in Your knowledge and in their understanding if Your ways. I want my sons to understand what really matters. I want them to know that living their lives in pursuit of You and in line with Your statutes is the only way to achieve success in this life. Engrain this concept into their hearts and minds. Fill my sons with wisdom. God, help Connor and Blake to live pure and blameless lives until Jesus’ return. My sons will not chase after fleeting and meaningless pleasures. They will stay grounded in Your word and hopeful in Your promises. They trust in You and they will not be shaken or deceived. They will follow in Your footsteps, Lord Jesus, and they will not falter. For You command Your angels concerning them, God, to guard them in all their ways. They will not strike their feet upon stones. No disasters will come near their dwelling places. No temptation will overcome them. They will remain in You and You will remain in them.
- Psalm 119:9 – “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.”
Prayer: Connor and Blake stay pure while they are young and into old age by obeying Your word, Lord. Your teachings are wonderful, and my sons respect them all. Understanding Your word brings light to their minds. They honestly want to know everything You teach, so teach them. Think about my sons and remember Your love for them. Be kind to them for they love Your name and Your statutes are their counselors. Keep your promises to them and don’t let them stumble or let sin control their lives. Protect them from the evil one so that they can obey Your laws and live in peace and safety.
- Philippians 2:15 – “So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
Prayer: Father, don’t let Connor and Blake be criticized; they live clean and innocent lives as Your sons. They shine like bright lights in this world full of crooked and perverse people. They will not turn from Your laws; they will continue to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. It is You, God, who works in my sons; will them to act in order to fulfill Your good purpose. Help them to do everything without grumbling or arguing so that they will shine among the corrupt like stars in the sky. Let Connor and Blake hold firmly to Your word for it is life and health to their bodies. Let them go where You have called them and let their attitudes and actions be pleasing in Your sight, God, so that they may rejoice when Your Son returns.