A Prayer of Love Over My Child

A Prayer of Love Over My Child

Dear Father,
As a parent,
You are the perfect example
Of love and how it gives.
You gave your one and only son
Because you love the world.
The depth of your love cannot be measured.
The largeness of it cannot be sized.
Will you help the one you’ve gifted to me
to know the gift of your love?
Will you help this child of mine
know just how much love he is loved?
May each opportunity to share your love
Be embraced to the fullest possibility.
Amen.

prayer of love over my child

Today I’m writing for the MOB Society during their 21 days of praying for our sons series. I’d love it if you’d pay them a visit to read more on praying love over our children.

21dAYS OF PRAYER

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Rachel

How to Pray When Feeling Overwhelmed

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Life sure can get crazy, can’t it? Whether you are facing a snowball effect of circumstances or one extremely overwhelming situation, that feeling of being consumed to the point of breaking is terrible at best. It’s so easy to resort to panic when we feel overwhelmed. Our minds start to tailspin and our bodies are in overdrive. The hormones race in an attempt to form a plan of action.

If we are in a habit of praying regularly, then when the feeling of being overwhelmed threatens us, our prayer reflex will kick in automatically. This is why keeping the lifeline to God open in our lives is so very important. We need it continually and our heavenly Father loves to hear from us.

I wish I could give you a step by step instruction on how to pray when feeling overwhelmed. But as I’ve been studying what Scripture outlines on this topic, I found an interesting little tidbit and wanted to share it with you.

Some of the Psalms carry titles that were handwritten by the scribes from document to document. Many of these notations tell us who wrote the Psalm or the tune to which it was sung. Some of the labels are very interesting in that they give us a rare historical fact. For instance, Psalm 90 is said to be a prayer of Moses. As I was pouring over the Psalms, I found Psalm 102’s notation to be very unique.

A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.

That’s kind of a long introduction when compared to “A Psalm of David.” Don’t you think? Or Psalm 98, which is labelled “a psalm.” Quite simple.

While Psalm 102 is beautiful, before I read the Psalm, the title to the Psalm spoke to me deeply. You see, there is no step by step instruction for how to pray when feeling overwhelmed.

Essentially, you just open your mouth and pour out your heart. Whatever thought is in your head is what God wants to hear. And it’s ok if you’re complaining.

Contrary to popular belief, God wants to hear us complain.

Now mind you, I believe praise is powerful. Oh so powerful.

But it’s ok to be overwhelmed and give it all to God. That’s what he wants- a pouring out.

He can handle your diarrhea of the mouth. He can handle your verbal vomit. There is nothing you are going to say that he doesn’t want to hear. That’s how much he loves us.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

I’ve found time and time again, that prayer trumps panic. every.time.

prayer trumps panic

Rachel

You will also enjoy:

Psalm 102

A Prayer for when you feel overwhelmed

10 Bible Verses for when you feel overwhelmed

 

A Call to Prayer

call to prayer

I believe in prayer; you’ve probably noticed that here if you’ve been around much. God has a purpose in prayer and things happen when people pray. I’ve been a witness to that time and time again in my own life, as well as the lives of others.

Last week , I sent out a message to my friend, Stacy, who just moved away recently. For the last few years, she’s been a faithful prayer friend to me, coming to prayer meetings  at my house and attending local Bible studies at my church. We’ve prayed many prayers for each other and frankly, I just found myself missing her greatly. Now I know she is only a text or facetime or skype away. But missing her prompted more thoughts on the importance of prayer.

Then I saw my friend, Darlene’s, blog post about how her book will be releasing to the world and she finds herself in need of prayer. Oh, I sure am praying for her. It’s a scary feeling to pour your heart and soul into writing a book and takes total reliance on God.

Then today I saw the If:Pray Information and I’m praying about how I might be involved in that endeavor.

With all those indicators, I’m making a call to prayer here on the blog. I want to take some time to really pray and seek God’s face. I just need to. For myself. For this book I’m writing. For the writing deadlines I’m facing. For God to have his total will and way in my life. For his direction and purpose to be completely clear. For my husband. For my kids. For some needs we have as a family.

And I want to pray for you. Your needs. Your direction. Your spouse. Your children. Whatever it is that you feel like asking prayer for, I want to pray.

Call it an online prayer meeting if you wish, but I’d love to see your prayers or prayer requests or both in the comments.

Would you pray with me today?

Rachel

prayer changes me

Bloggers, it’s still Whimsical Wednesday and I’d love to have you both link up to the party and leave a prayer request or prayer as you feel led!

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