Thursday, June 9, 2011

21 Days of Prayer for Sons - Submission to Authority (Day 2)

Antonio praying from his Bible
All right, how did everybody do yesterday? It took me a while to pray intentionally through the 10 prayers on obedience over all four of my sons. There were a few that I said out loud while they were in the room playing games or eating lunch. They may have thought I was being weird, or silly, but their faces were wreathed in smiles! Not only that, but I saw results almost immediately. Speaking the Word over our children is so powerful and God is a better parent than we could ever be. In fact, I didn't have another obedience issue for the rest of the day with the oldest 3 boys. Luca, however, never took a nap and chose to stay up and play LOUDLY. He did put away the dishes with no complaint when I asked him to, though. This is a new chore for him and I told him how proud I was!

How was your first day? Do you have any praise reports or prayer requests? Leave a comment!

I want to encourage you all to try one of these ways to pray through those 10 prayers:
1. Get up early to bathe your sons in prayer first thing in the morning.
2. Pray the prayers one at a time throughout the day.
3. Make the prayers part of your family devotion time.
4. Spend time in concentrated prayer late at night, close to bedtime.

Today's prayer focus is Submission to Authority, this flows perfectly from yesterday's topic of obedience. Throughout life, our sons will have to submit to some kind of authority. First their parents, then teachers, pastors, bosses, government officials but most importantly God Himself! We are training our sons to not only HEAR the voice of God, but to submit to His leadership and obey. If our sons can learn this now, in their youth, they will be in a better position to be able to travel the narrow path God has set before them. Oh, how my heart longs for my boys to stay on the path! It can be a rough road sometimes, but nothing compared to the brambles and rockslides that wait on either side. I pray they don't make the mistakes I made, that my sons will never wander away from the Word. Are you ready? Let's Go PRAY!

Submission to Authority
May__________obey his leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over his soul, as those who will have to give an account. Let him do this with joy and not with groaning (Hebrews 13:17)
May__________submit himself therefore to God. May he resist the devil, so he will flee from him (James 4:7)
May__________submit to laborers of the Gospel and to everyone who joins in the work (1 Corinthians 16:16)
May__________submit to others out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21) 
May__________be subject to the Father of spirits and live (Hebrews 12:9) 
May__________agree with God, and be at peace; so good will come to him (Job 22:21) 
May__________be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Romans 13:1) 
May__________submit himself to the LORD (2 Chronicles 30:8) 
May__________, who is younger, be subject to the elders. May he clothe himself with humility toward others, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5) 
For freedom Christ has set us free; may__________stand firm therefore, and not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1)


  1. My boys are Todd (14) and Tanner (9). So excited about this journey of prayer.

  2. I want to add a prayer: May _________ have discernment to stand up to authority that would lead them wrongly, like Jesus' discernment.

    I have 5 sons, 25 to 11. I have learned there is no peace without respect for authority, not just in our home but in our souls as well!

  3. That's a great prayer! Something related to that may come up later in the prayer journey as well. Thanks for the comments - keep 'em coming! I will be lifting you and your sons up.

  4. Kaiden (age 5)
    Tairen (age 4)
    Thanks for standing in agreement with us.

  5. This is awsome Dixie! You are such a good role model to me and to other moms. Is there something like this for girls?

  6. Iris, this was started by the woman who wrote Warrior Prayers for boys and is a contributor for the Moms of Boys (MOB) blog, which is amazing! I've found a couple blogs (not looking to hard) about raising Godly girls, but not sure if there is a prayer "journey" for girls. Maybe we can start one! That would be great.
    Loving standing with all of you in prayer for our boys!!!


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