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Join the Seven-Day Mom and Dad Prayer Challenge

By: Bethany Baird

Jenna stomped up the stairs and slammed her bedroom door. This was the third blow-up in one week. Jenna and her mom weren’t mortal enemies, but they weren’t best friends. Let’s just say they tolerated one another.

This sneak peak into Jenna’s life is one small example of what many of you are dealing with. Last week on the girl defined blog and lies young women believe blog I wrote about loving your dad when he doesn’t deserve it.

Many of you commented saying that you struggle to love both your dad and your mom.

Here are a few of the words I picked out from your comments: bitterness, anger, hurt, sadness, hatred, confusion, rejection, annoyance.

What in the world should you, a Christian girl, do when don’t feel like loving your parents? Does the Bible have any wisdom to offer a girl in your shoes? I’ve got great news! Look what I found:

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27–28).

For every girl in the world who feels like her parents are her worst enemies, God has a word for you! He has given you wisdom and direction through the Bible.

It’s up to you to obey His Word, as hard as that may be, or ignore it and follow your own advice. I want to encourage you to obey God. He understands exactly what you are thinking, feeling, and struggling with.

Remember that while He was being crucified He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” about the people who put Him on the cross. He knows what it’s like to love the people who cause you pain.

That is the kind of God you can trust in—a God who understands your pain and sorrows more than any other human being alive.

That brings us to the Seven-Day Challenge. What better way to learn to love your parents than to pray for them?

Will you join the Seven-Day Prayer Challenge?

Sign your name in the comments section below if you will commit to praying for your parents over the next seven days. I’ve listed some ideas below, day by day, on what to pray for.

Day 1 – Pray for your parents to:

  • Know Jesus as their Savior.
  • Grow spiritually.
  • Learn to love God’s Word.
  • Desire to study God’s Word and memorize it.
  • Grow in their desire for God.

Day 2 – Pray for:

  • God’s Word to bear fruit in your parents’ lives.
  • For your parents to grow in the areas of wisdom, discretion, and understanding.

Day 3 – Pray for your parents to:

  • Have tender hearts toward God and His Word.
  • Be humble and accepting of wise counsel.
  • Have soft hearts.
  • Be quick to repent of sin.

Day 4 – Pray for your parents to:

  • Embrace God’s design for their marriage and individual roles in the family.
  • Not to be influenced by the culture, but by God’s Word

Day 5 – Pray for your parents to:

  • Love purity, holiness, and righteousness.
  • Hate wickedness.
  • Take a bold stand against all evil.

Day 6 – Pray for your parents to:

  • Have a servant mindset.
  • Have teachable hearts before God.
  • Desire God’s will above their own.

Day 7 – Pray for yourself to:

I am so excited about this seven-day prayer challenge. I can only imagine what God is going to do in your heart as you lift up your parents in prayer.

Are you willing to take the seven-day challenge? Sign your name below to join!

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Join the Seven-Day Mom and Dad Prayer Challenge

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  • Jamie

    Great article! I’m taking the challenge:-)

  • lyn

    Thanks for this post! Sometimes we need to be reminded to remember to pray for our parents. I’m taking the challenge 🙂

    • Way to go! So glad you are taking the challenge 🙂

  • Life’s TOUGH road

    Thanks for this article! Read it just when I’m needing it! But this is a little different in my case, which would be my sister and I. From childhood until today, we have friction against each other it seems like this battle won’t stop. I will take up this challenge but in a sister-and-I version for a week 😉

    • @lifestoughroad:disqus What a great idea to take the challenge with your sister in mind! Love it 🙂

  • Elisabeth

    This is Sooo True!Some many times as kids we forget that our parents need
    Prayer too.They may be faceing even bigger spiritual challenges then we are, but a lot of the time we only think about our problems. Thanks for reminding me!I accept the challenge.

  • Emily Caddick

    I loved the idea of this challenge so I started and completed it last week! I included Praying for my younger brother as well as my parents:)

  • Shanice Harris

    This challenge is a beautiful one! God bless you the author for writing this to bless and lift up our parents in prayer! This is a wonderful and purely gracious guide! I am so thankful because I didn’t know how to pray or where to start in praying for my parents. I pray all and my parents be blessed in all the ways these prayers ask of You Lord God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Margreet Smit

    Wauw thnx for this blog. I am in!


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