7 Prayer Gifts for My Child

I look for any excuse to give gifts.So tomorrow I will send some gifts to all my grandkids--just because I want to.  Joy for them and for me.

Today as I was praying for a child who is in a difficult place, God gave me some gifts for him--seven “prayer gifts.”  The needs of your child, or loved one, may be different, and therefore the gifts will be different.   I hope, though, that these brief words will encourage you to give some special prayer gifts to your children, grandchildren—or anyone in need of such a gift at this Season of Grace and Mercy.  I will be giving such gifts to my other children, as well.

Prayer Gifts for My Child

Father, I ask you to give the following gifts to my child today:

Comfort:  May he sense your love and care and understanding as he is in pain and despair over all he has lost, the betrayals he has experienced, the confusion about the future.  Wrap loving arms of comfort around him. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Mercy:  May he know that, because he is in Christ, he has received mercy and forgiveness for ALL his sins--the big and the little, the past, present and future.  Assure him that he is dressed in the righteousness of Christ and is welcome in your presence. (Isaiah 55:7; Hebrews 4:16)

Freedom:  May he allow You to set him free.  Loose the chains of all his anxieties, fears, curses and addictions.  May he be liberated from Satan's powerful strongholds in his life and instead live in freedom and victory. (Luke 4:18)

Courage:  May he see the foolishness of continuing to live in the misery he is experiencing--you have such a better plan for him.  May he have courage to choose to trust You, to turn from all that has kept him captive, to believe that the path you have for him is good, even when it is hard, and that there is joy and purpose and meaning in your way for him. (Joshua 1:9)

Hope:  May he turn from the despair and depression he is living in now and open his eyes and his ears to see and hear You--and the good future--with great hope--that you have waiting for him.  May this hope sustain him to not give up, but to press on in Your strength. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Peace: May he be released from the things that keep him filled with anxiety, even panic, from the regrets and disappointment, from the wrongs done to him, from abandonment and anger, from being a victim, and instead may he be covered by and flooded with your peace that passes understanding. (John 14:27; 16:33)

Vision:  May his heart and mind be opened to see what you created him for.  May he know he is not an accident, a mistake, but a beloved child created by you because you desire him, want him as your son, love to be with him. May he understand that, while he was being formed in his birth mom, you were designing him for the good purposes and plans you have for him.  May he be able to see glimpses of those plans and may he choose to walk toward them.  (1 Corinthians 2:9; Isaiah 64:4)

May he receive these life-changing gifts.

What about you?  What prayer gifts might you give to a loved one?

C2013 Judy Douglass