A Prayer for Our Children, Youth, Singles, and Married Couples
I Chronicles 29:10-13, John 14:12-26
Reflections of the Heart:
It is the Lord’s good pleasure to bless us. So, “may the Lord, the God of our ancestors, multiply us a thousand times more and bless us as He has promised!” Deuteronomy 1:11 (NLT)
What mighty praise belongs to You, O God, in Zion. You are the hope of everyone on earth. You formed the mountains by Your power and armed Yourself with mighty strength. You quiet the raging oceans and silence the shouting of the nations. Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy! Father, we thank You for the children, youth, singles and married couples of WVUMC. Thank You for providing and protecting them. We are thankful to You and we bless Your Name. You are good, Lord and Your mercy is everlasting. Your truth endures to all generations.
Father, we confess that our children and youth are a gift and reward from You. Thank You for making them so wonderfully complex, Your workmanship is marvelous. We declare that they will honor their fathers and mothers so that all will be well with them and they will live long lives on the earth. Likewise, our singles will love You with all their hearts, souls, strength, and minds; they will love their neighbors as they love themselves. We say that our singles will be happy and enjoy themselves. They will eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from You. We confess that children, youth, singles and married couples will walk in the fruit of the Spirit and operate in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We declare that our wives will submit to their own husbands and our husbands will love their wives just as Christ also love the Church. Lord, we confess that our children, youth, singles and married couples will prosper and be in health even as their soul prospers.
Father, we pray that our children and youth will live prayerful, godly and holy lives. Help our parents to model lives that are pleasing to You so that they can train them well. Please keep our children and youth as the apple of Your eye and hide them under the shadow of Your wings. Bless them in school and let Your favor surround them like a shield. Holy Spirit, please help our singles and married couples to live with all godliness and contentment, which is great gain. Encourage our singles as they gather together for fun, recreation and fellowship. For those singles who desire a mate, help them to wait patiently on You. Knit the hearts of our married couples closer together and give them courage to live Your Word in every facet of their marriage. Father, please restore the broken places in those marriages that are struggling. Increase Your love and security in those marriages that are doing well. As iron sharpens iron, help our married couples to encourage and build each other up. We ask You to bless all of our families at WVUMC.
Holy Spirit, show me how I can be a greater blessing to the members of my Church Family:
Please forgive us for not always meeting the basic needs of our children and youth. Forgive us for not hugging them, and being too busy to interact and play with them. Forgive us where we have neglected to build up the self-esteem and self-worth of our youth. Forgive those singles and married couples who are anxious and fretful. Forgive them for not trusting You. Lord, remind us of all to forgive others; and help us to be quick to forgive.
Lead us not into temptation; but, deliver us from the evil one.
Lord, Your Name alone is exalted. Heaven is Your throne and earth is Your footstool. Your hands have made both heaven and earth and everything in them are Yours. You command the morning to appear and cause the dawn to rise in the east. You make daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night’s wickedness. The Lord God is Your Name! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the written text: Psalm 65:1,5-8, Psalm 127:3, Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 6:1-3, Mark 12:30-31, Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:22,25, III John 2, Psalm 17:8, Psalm 91:4, Psalm 5:12, I Timothy 6:6, Hebrews 10:24-25, Proverb 27:17, Ephesians 5:21, Matthew 6:13, Isaiah 66:1,2, Job 38:12-13
Today, I will trust God to: