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Last night as I was trying to fall asleep, I started praying for my kids as they are about to start school next week. I’ve been trying to pull myself up by flip flop straps as I gear up to turn my youngest son loose at school for the first time. I have this irrational fear that as he walks all alone down the first grade hallway to get to his kinder class that those mean first graders are going to pick on him and beat him up. I know. First graders are just as fragile as Kinders are. I know it’s ridiculous, but he is my baby and I’m just worried. I know he will be fine — more fine than me for sure — but still, I’m his mama. I’m allowed to worry right?
“God, please please keep him safe. Please please, keep Salem safe too, protect them and keep their hearts close to yours. Please. . .”
The Holy Spirit stopped me gently and brought to attention the state of my prayers. Do you see it? Not only was I begging the Father to protect my kids, I was doing it out of fear rather than trust. I was pleading my case before Him as though He were a dictator, slow to mercy and quick to anger. I took a huge breath of relief when His promises came back to me, over and over again.
Throughout chapters 14-16 of the book of John there are a number of different verses that talk about how the Father will give what we ask in the Son’s name. Here is my favorite for this situation:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
I encourage you to take stock today and see where the enemy is trying to twist the way you see the Father, and the way you relate to Him. What steps can you take right now to thwart his plans and silence him? What is the Father saying that negates what the enemy has tried to convince you of?
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