Day 5: The Fruit of the Spirit
(When you see “these children”, insert the names of the children for whom you are praying.)
Lord, may these children display the fruit of the Spirit in their lives, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22
In Jesus’ name, Amen
What a list of characteristics! I look at that list and see much I myself need more of. And yet, it is the fruit of the Spirit, not my fruit. He will equip us and our children in the many places we are weak. In our weakness, He is strong. However, we must surrender to His Spirit—step aside and let Him work. This is our prayer for ourselves as well as our children.
We frequently pray aloud certain scriptures for our children and this is one of the most common prayers. Over the years, they have heard us pray this verse over them so much, they all can easily recite the list of the fruit of the Spirit. In addition, this list gives them a set of “surrender goals”. Goals are something that we work towards on our own. But we want them to have this list as “surrender goals”—areas they work toward surrendering to the Holy Spirit, that they may step aside and let Him do His mighty work in their lives.