I received a text from my son last night. He was “checking in” as my family calls it. He is working at a camp during the off season and will work through his third summer there, as well.
He wrote about the Bible study he and a friend attend and how they were going through the book of Ephesians.
Also I found that bed time prayer you used to pray a lot. The armor of God. It’s in Ephesians six, the men’s group my friend, David and I go to went over that which was cool. Do you remember exactly what the prayer was?
Oh Best Beloved, my mom heart is so full of joy. I smiled immediately, took a deep breath and exhaled. All of the prayers I had prayed over my sons from their childhood had not been lost. I began texting back the words of Scripture I spoke over them. Some of the verses I had started praying when they were two and three years old. I gave the references for the verses so my son could study them as well.
As I wrote out the prayer, I found that it took a bit to recall the words. At the ages of nineteen and twenty, I am not tucking the boys into bed anymore. It’s actually been years since I have been in their rooms for bedtime prayers due to work schedules and such.
I heard a nearly silent whisper in my ear, Prayer transcends time and space. Yes, yes, and amen. I began to pray the words over my oldest son who is at college. He is now at the age where he must choose to make the faith he was brought up hearing his own. He may not choose to walk with Christ. I am praying he will, asking God to call his heart to Him.
My second son, the “adventure son”, is walking with God right now, but that doesn’t mean my prayers are finished. It is now that my prayers must dig into the foundation. The enemy wants to stop us all from growing our relationship with Christ. I am praying he will grow his roots deep into the bedrock. Jeremiah 17:7-8 is a verse I found that describes his heart well.
Best Beloved, I don’t know your story or the story of a child or loved one in your life. I do know that God is infinite and He does not change. His word is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and he desires all of us- everyone to come to salvation through Christ Jesus (2 Peter 3:9). So keep praying for your loved ones. God is listening.
I have included the verses I prayed over my sons below in case you need a starting point. I did pray the verses in Ephesians out of order, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. Scripture is clear that God’s Word does not come back void (Isaiah 55:11). Let us pray for it to be true in the lives and souls of those you love.
(Ephesians 6:13-17) “I pray that you would have the helmet ⛑ of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, that your feet🦶would be fitted to spread the gospel of peace ☮️, that you would have the shield 🛡 of faith to protect you from the fiery darts 🎯 from the evil one, and the sword 🗡 of the spirit that is the Word of God, and that above all else, you stand until the last day when you hear, ‘Well done good and faithful servant,’ (Luke 19:17).
I pray that whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy you would think on these things tonight while you sleep. (Philippians 4:8).
God is who He says that He is (Exodus 3:6); God can do what God says He can do (lots of verses explain what God can do – including Deuteronomy 3:24); I am who God says that I am (Romans 7:17); I can do all things through Christ, (Philippians 4:13); God’s Word is alive and active in me, (Hebrews 4:12) because I am believing God.*** from Beth Moore’s study “Believing God”)***
In love I am- blessed, accepted, adopted, chosen, redeemed, and forgiven ( Ephesians 1:3-8).”