Day 1: Safety

So, here’s the prayer that we all want to pray.  Our first prayer for our children is usually about their safety.  I confess that I have probably prayed more for the safety of my children than anything else.  And yet, there are plenty of other heart-things to pray for, which in reality are more important than physical safety.  And yet, we would be remiss in not praying for their physical safety and the Bible has plenty of promises to pray.

The prayer listed above is one of my daily prayers for my children.  I usually begin this with, “Lord, I plead the blood of Jesus over them, and I pray that You would guard their hearts, their minds, their souls, and their emotions.”

This whole “pleading the blood” is “Christianese” which may be misunderstood.  Why do we as parents “plead the blood of Jesus” over them?  Because we understand that the victory began when Jesus shed His blood for us and for our children.  A price had to be paid and Jesus paid it for us.

“There is power, power, wonderous working power in the blood of the Lamb…” as the old hymn says.  When we plead the blood, we are acknowledging and remembering the powerful sacrifice of Jesus, which fulfilled every promise of God.  We are remembering that if He was willing and able to die for us and then rise again, then taking care of our children is not too hard for Him.

Revelations 12:11  says, “And they overcame him (our enemy, the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”

There is power in the blood of the Lamb and there is power in speaking forth (the word of our testimony) and believing the truth found in God’s Word.  Releasing our children to the protection of God is one of the hardest surrenders of this earthly life.  And yet, He is able to keep what we have surrendered to Him.  He is able to guard and protect much better than we are.  Only He sees the whole picture.  And the middle of the will of God is the safest place to be.


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