Enlightened Parents (prayer)

James 1 5

(This is a prayer for parents to pray for themselves and other parents in their child’s life.)

Lord,

I pray for myself, the other parent, and any stepparents involved in our child’s life

That we would guide them to a lifestyle that glorifies Christ.

Fill our mouths with gentle words when we should speak kindly,

And help us to stand firm when we should be assertive.

Inspire us to be a good example to our children,

And motivate us to keep our word to them

So they will trust in Your Words

As they read them and consider them.

Remind us to teach spiritual concepts

As we teach life skills.

Prevent us from holding them back

When we need to let go.

Give us spiritual insight and wisdom

To understand their problems

So we can communicate enlightened counsel.

Allow us never to forget that

Our children need parents

Long after they have left the house.

Teach us the way to be loving parents

In every stage of their lives.

Help us to let go of selfish sins

So our children do not adopt our sinful ways.

Allow us to leave a legacy to the next generation—

Let it be our upstanding, godly children

With a passion to serve You, Lord.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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For Victims of Emotional Abuse

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As Christians, we are not exempt from the problems of the world. Many of us ask for prayers in tough situations. In fact, some prayer requests I have read even recount signs of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse seems to surface often in romantic relationships and parent-child relationships, but it could be in employment settings or friendships, etc.

Signs of emotional abuse include:

  • Blaming when it is inappropriate. Abusers cannot accept their own faults. They rarely apologize and will most often shift their own blame to the victim.
  • Manipulating the victim’s emotions by rejecting him/her. It is healthy sometimes for an angry person to walk away and cool off, but an abuser might refuse to communicate for the purpose of controlling their victim’s emotions.
  • Humiliating and isolating the victim. Abusers will often call their victim names and keep them from maintaining healthy friendships.

If you think you are the victim of emotional abuse, know that God cares deeply for you. He knows your pain and wants to help. Victims must find the peace that comes only from God when the abuser becomes angry and abusive. They should be aware they are highly treasured no matter how the abuser tries to manipulate them. Even when the storms blow, we can keep calm and recite the truth of God’s Word about ourselves as the children of God.

I strongly recommend prayer, supportive friends, scheduling a talk with your pastor, and the help of a Christian counselor. They will be your best resources since they can gain a good understanding of your particular situation.

If you have endured emotional abuse, you may be walking around feeling the weight of your own sin along with the heavy burden of blame heaped on by your abuser. Remember that as a Christian, you no longer need to carry the weight of a sin burden. Click here to enjoy a beautiful song with touching images called “What Sin?”

If you are not a Christian, consider giving your life to Jesus today. His blood already paid your sin debt but if you do not receive the payment then you are still in your sin. You cannot pay for this sin yourself. Only the blood of a sinless man, Jesus, can pay for your sin. Accept God’s plan of salvation by crying out to the Lord in prayer right now. Jesus, I accept your blood as payment for my lifetime of sin. I believe you died and rose again on the third day. I want to have an eternal life that is free from pain in heaven with you. Amen.

That’s all it takes to become a Christian. Blessings!

© 2015 Kim Bond

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