Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)Just this weekend I discovered my mom started praying these words for my brother and me in 1989. I think she and Dad, with the Lord's provision and guidance, did exactly this - impressing God's Word on us, making it the foundation of our family.
But more than that, this new knowledge confirmed something I've noticed here and there - my parents often meditated on specific verses and prayed them over themselves, their children and their home. And it made a huge impression on me, showing me the life and the power - and the practical application - in the Word of God.
Now I find myself doing the same thing in my own grown-up life and in my own home. For months, I've parked myself in Colossians 3, praying those verses over and over and over again, especially verses 12-14.
So what about you? Do you find yourself praying particular Scriptures for your kids, your spouse, your family, your home? Yourself? If so, would you mind sharing?
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