40 Day Challenge: Praying the Scriptures for Your Children

We will never be perfect parents, but we can be PRAYING parents.

Parenting is, by far, the most difficult calling I’ve even been given. But one thing I am learning, time and time again, is that when any kind of thought or emotion from the enemy enters our minds: fear, confusion, anger, resentment, rebellion, ungodliness – we must combat with God’s Word and prayer. Only through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit can we have PEACE in the most difficult of our parenting seasons. Only Jesus can replace that fear with faith. And we must turn to Him, continually, to receive His gifts of love, mercy, peace and joy.

I want to challenge you to spend the next 40 week days praying God’s very Word over your children. Through the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer, we can leave a legacy beyond compare for our children. Not only that, but through prayer, God also changes our hearts and continues making us into the parents He has called us and equipped us to be.

What to Expect

Each weekday morning around 7 am, beginning June 1st, you can expect a short & sweet email from me. This email will contain these 4 things:

  • Scripture passage
  • Short prayer
  • Graphic of the verse that you can save or share
  • An “extra resource” with some of my favorite posts, articles and resources for praying for our children!

This series isn’t intended to be a dissertation on prayer. This series isn’t intended to be a teaching series. This series isn’t intended to be a thorough study of the Bible.

The main goal of this series is to get each of us PRAYING.

When/if you are tempted to feel like you don’t know how to pray, you can’t get prayer right or you just want to give up, I want to encourage you to JUST PRAY. The best way to learn to pray is to just do it. The more you talk and listen to God, the more your prayer life will grow.

You can start this anytime!

June 1st will be the first email in this challenge to go out. But if you join after June 1st, you will still get all the emails!  I am thrilled to offer this challenge to anyone who finds it weeks or months from now. But, the first emails will go out on June 1st to anyone who has already signed up. I have it set up to begin sending you emails the very next day after you sign up! So, if you find this series on Pinterest months from the date of this blog post, go ahead and sign up, you will start receiving the challenge emails when you sign up!

It’s never the wrong time to begin praying daily for our children!

Why I created this challenge

So, before you think I am a super spiritual prayer warrior who spends hours on her knees daily for her children, just stop right there. Grin. I am a normal mom like you, I battle fear, I struggle with knowing how to parent on a minute-by-minute basis, I need all the help I can get.

So I created this challenge for me. But it would be awesome if you decide to join me for the journey.

Sign up here

Enter your name & email to sign up for this challenge here. You will receive a short welcome email to let you know you are subscribed to the challenge. Make sure to check your spam folder and put my email in your contacts if you wish to make sure you see these emails everyday!

**Note: this is different than my blog subscription. You do need to sign up specifically for this challenge if you wish to receive the emails! They will not go to everyone on my email list, only those who have signed up here!

10 Verses to Pray for your Tweens

I’m sure most of us can recall awkward and painful moments from our middle and high school years. I’ve heard many people say that middle school years were the worst years of their lives. Sometimes it’s just as hard to be the parent of a teen or tween!

As a mom of three children in the teen and tween category, prayer has become a greater weapon than ever before. We will never be perfect parents, but we can be praying parents.

Praying God’s Word has been a journey for me. It started in a dark season of depression when I had no words to pray. It turned into transformative prayer that has changed my relationship with God over the years. Praying the Scriptures is for all of us because it helps us to pray the Words and will of God. His Word gives us words when we have none. His Word strengthens us in our weakness. The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word to convict, encourage and inspire.

What better way to pray for our children than to pray the very Word of God?

I want to share with you 10 verses that can be powerful prayers for our teens and tweens!

Please click here to read the 10 verses…

Praying the Psalms of Ascent

The Psalms are likely my favorite book of the Bible. We see the humanity of David, the battles, the worship…a man after God’s own heart. They are my favorite Psalms to pray, my favorite Words of comfort, the encouragement and conviction my heart needs as I start each day.

“The Psalter is the prayer book of Jesus Christ in the truest sense of the word. He prayed the Psalter and now it has become his prayer for all time…we understand how the Psalter can be prayer to God and yet God’s own Word, precisely because here we encounter the praying Christ…because those who pray the psalms are joining in with the prayer of Jesus Christ, their prayer reaches the ears of God. Christ has become their intercessor…”― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Psalms are some of the most beloved and well known words of the Bible. The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He is near to the brokenhearted. Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet. Create in me a clean heart.

But the Psalms of Ascent are certain Psalms, chapters 120-134, and they are known as the Pilgrim songs. These Psalms remind us that we are on a journey. We are not home yet.

I don’t know about you, but I need that reminder!

Praying the Psalms of Ascent

“The more deeply we grow into the psalms and the more often we pray them as our own, the more simple and rich will our prayer become.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Here is a free printable PDF calendar for you to use as you go through the Psalms of Ascent. I have put just a few words to spark your prayers under each Psalm.

How do you pray the Scriptures? Read it, speak it, let the words of the Psalmist become your own prayers.

To receive a FREE guide book for Praying the Scriptures, subscribe here.

(I am doing this prayer calendar along with the She Reads Truth study for May of 2017, but you can use this calendar ANY time you’d like to spend a few weeks reading and praying through the Psalms of Ascent.)

Praying the Psalms of Ascent PDF

Praying the Psalms

“The Psalms wrap nouns and verbs around our pain better than any other book.” Joni Eareckson Tada

Learn to pray the Psalms with this 30 day how-to guide along with a Psalm to pray each day!

5 Suggestions for a Meaningful Quiet Time

To know God we must spend time with Him and in His Word. Yet this can be challenging this day and age. We have pulling at us from a million different directions. It can be hard to know WHERE to start or HOW to start or how to stop all the distractions.

I think we must start by asking the Holy Spirit to help us in our time of need. We must make our relationship with God a priority. We must say to our hearts, “This is the most important thing I can be doing now. More important than the dishes or making the bed.” This is vital. 

“The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” Elisabeth Elliot 

So, we must be in God’s Word to know God, but also to allow the Holy Spirit to convict and comfort us through the power of His Word.

Shut off the distractions. At least the ones you can control. {wink}

Put the phone somewhere else not nearby. Turn off the tv. Maybe do a quick “brain dump” list before starting so you aren’t tempted to worry about what is for dinner. Write a quick to-do list of all that is on your mind and get it on paper. And feel no guilt if little ones are playing at your feet or crawling on your lap. There will be days of quiet in your future. But for now, it’s ok for children to see or hear you pray, for them to see you open God’s Word even if you only get but a minute to read.

Start with gratitude. Just begin naming your blessings…”Thank You God for…”

Naming our blessings reminds our hearts of our true joy and contentment and that it can only come from Christ. We are also reminded of how blessed we are. It is good for us to tell our hearts we are thankful. It is good for us to remind our hearts of the faithfulness of God.

Say a simple prayer, “Lord, I want to see You, I want to know You, I want to behold You.”

Sometimes we get worried or nervous that we aren’t praying right. Or that we don’t know what to say. Or that we aren’t eloquent enough. God sees our hearts and knows us intimately. He already knows what is on your mind, so just tell Him. Tell Him you want to know Him more. That is a prayer He loves to answer.

Don’t rush. Sit and wait. Be ok with silence.

In our culture today we are so used to the noise that we often have a hard time in the quiet. Yet, in the quiet, when we can still our hearts and minds, we can hear the still, small voice of our Lord. We can allow Him to minister to us in the quiet. Slow down. Sit with God awhile.

“The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.” Elisabeth Elliot 

Read 1 Psalm a day.

If you aren’t in a Bible reading plan, I highly recommend reading and praying through 1 Psalm per day. The book of Psalms is the place where my heart first learned to pray the Scriptures. Through this book the Lord worked miracles in my own heart during a very dark season in my life.

What times would you add to this list? I would love to hear from you in the comments! 

Bonus Tip

If you aren’t sure where to start in studying God’s Word, I have a wonderful resource to share with you.

Learn 7 different ways to study your Bible in 7 days (or longer if you wish to spread out the content!) These 7 ways are do-able by anyone!

Bible Study Methods contains video content for each of the 7 methods as well as workbook pages to correlate with each method. Arabah Joy does a great job of walking you through each of the 7 methods and I know many of you will be so blessed by this resource!

You can read more about this course here. It is at an introductory price of $29 this week.

I also did a live video showcasing what is in this course, you can view that here

Free Ebook on Praying the Psalms

Through 3/26 you can get my ebook, Praying the Psalms, for FREE when you purchase Bible Study Methods through my link!

Please email me at candace@mercyisnew.com to request your free ebook!

13 Tips to Help You Focus During Prayer

What’s for dinner? Oh I forgot to get the crockpot going. Babies crying. Where is my Bible? I need coffee. I’m exhausted. I could fall asleep standing up. Oh, darn, the library books are late. 

I surveyed over 200 women and asked them what was the HARDEST thing about PRAYER. Overwhelmingly, the answer was FOCUS. It’s so hard to stay FOCUSED during prayer!

We all struggle. And we can all learn from one another! I hope that one of these simple tips will help you to try something new during your prayer time! And if you have any new ideas,  please leave me a comment!

13 Tips to Help You Focus During Prayer

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