I wanted to circle back to my posts about virtues that we can pray for our children. These days, I have found our family praying in thankfulness more than ever before. We have much to be thankful for… health, home, protection, jobs, food to eat, health of family and friends, church community throughout this isolation period. Although in addition to thankfulness, I believe we can be praying more fervently than ever as well. The next three virtues from Bob Hostetler’s article that he recommends we pray for are: Biblical self-esteem, faithfulness and courage.
During this time of covid-19 and quarantine, not only are we praying for these things for you as our church family, but what wonderful prayers for our children. There may be a lot of pressure to hold it all together and be a perfect example of faith and courage during this time, but what a better time to demonstrate to our children and family that we are all messed up, sinful people. We can also demonstrate that we believe what the Bible says about us, that we are saved by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and through that Biblical self-esteem we can have faith and courage through this season. Praying these virtues for you, as you stay faithful in prayer for your children.
Biblical Self-Esteem “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:10
Faith “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” Prov. 3:3
Courage “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” Dt. 31:6)
(from excerpt and prayer list from Bob Hostetler)