Five Ways to Pray God’s Purposes for Your Children

Description

As a father or mother, you can pray that your children will focus on these five purposes of God.

“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours” (John 17:9 NIV). 

Jesus reflected the father heart of God when he prayed for the disciples. As a father or mother, you can pray that your children will focus on the five purposes of God. 

God’s five purposes for your children are the same as God’s five purposes for your life. Jesus prayed for all five purposes in the lives of those he was leading: “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours” (John 17:9 NIV). 

We can pray that our children will live for Christ joyfully: “I say these things while I’m still in the world so that they will have the same joy that I have” (John 17:13b GW). 

We can pray that our children will grow strong spiritually: “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one” (John 17:15 NLT, second edition).

We can pray that our children will serve Christ effectively: “Make them ready for your service through your truth; your teaching is truth” (John 17:17 NCV).

We can pray that our children will experience fellowship personally: “My prayer . . . is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father . . . and the world will believe you sent me” (John 17:21 TLB).

We can pray that our children will bring others to Christ regularly: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message” (John 17:20 GNT). 

Talk It Over

  • What are specific prayers you can pray for your children to live for Christ? Grow strong? Serve Christ? Experience fellowship? Bring others to Christ? 
  • How are you modeling these qualities in your own life?
  • What action steps can you take to help your children grow in the five purposes?

Special Offer: 40 Days in the Word Study Kit with Spacepets Bookmark 

Purchase Series: Bible Study Methods Book with Spacepets Bookmark

This devotional © 2017 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Please register for a free account to view this content

We hope you have enjoyed the 10 discipleship resources you have read in the last 30 days.
You have exceeded your 10 piece content limit.
Create a free account today to keep fueling your spiritual journey!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple

Related
The Power of Eternal Thinking
Pastor Rick Warren
Don't Be Distracted From the Work God Has for You
Pastor Rick Warren
Do Your Fears Keep You from Being Free?
Pastor Rick Warren
In Your Struggle, God’s Love and Mercy Continue
Pastor Rick Warren
Five First Steps to Building a Life of Love
Pastor Rick Warren
Follow Us

Want to access more exclusive iDisciple content?

Upgrade to a Giving Membership today!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple