By Jean Stockdale
Joshua called upon two men to go and “view the land, especially Jericho” (Joshua 2:1). In light of Joshua’s own personal experience as a spy, he surely sought
the counsel of the Lord and carefully chose two men of valor with stellar reputations of courage, character, and candor. We can assume that these men
accepted their discharge of duty with staunch military bravado. We can also imagine that they quickly turned to the Lord, asking Him to bless their covert
mission with His glorious protection and divine direction and to graciously grant them success.
As mommas, we too have been given a divine directive and we would be wise to learn from Joshua and the men that served him. Although God had instructed Joshua to take the land, he did not take a passive role nor did he rush headlong without developing a plan of action. Instead, he set about formulating a master plan under God’s direction, instituting it, and using all the resources that were available to him. We too need to formulate a master plan for raising our children based upon the Word of God.
The spies were entering into enemy territory. They had to know that they were under surveillance by the guards of Jericho. The children of Israel had been camped for some months on the opposite side of the Jordan, and a keen watch of all their movements was doubtlessly being kept.
As moms, we enter into the enemies’ territory every time we intercede for our husband and/or our children (or grandchildren). The Bible commands us to be alert and vigilant to avoid temptation. It tells us to be fervent in prayer in order to launch an offensive against the kingdom of darkness. We best be clothed in the full armor and God and vigilantly seek His protection. We must always be on guard lest the enemy gain an advantage. May we regularly,
faithfully, and reverently approach the Throne of God with our prayers and petitions.
I thought I would share just some of the verses that I pray for my family. The Bible is full of promises, precepts, and principles we can personalize and pray
for our children (or grandchildren), While this list is far from comprehensive, these verses (in NASB) would be a great addition to your prayer time for your
children (or grandchildren).
“The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace” (Deut. 6:24-26)
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:18).
“Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).
“Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).
“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:3).
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Ps. 34:7-8).
“The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You” (Ps. 101:28).
“He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways” (Ps. 91:11).
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver s full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate” (Ps. 127:3-5).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7).
“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent” (Prov. 1:10).
“My son, do not walk in the way with [sinners]. Keep your feet from their path” (Prov. 1:15).
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man” (Prov. 3:1-4).
“My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His reproof. For whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver, and gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her” (Prov. 3:11-15).
“My son, let them (wisdom, understanding, knowledge, discretion) not vanish from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion, so they will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck” (Prov. 3:21-22 parenthesis mine).
“My son, keep my words, and treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your intimate friend; that they may keep you from an adulteress, from the foreigner who flatters with her worlds.” (Prov. 7:1-5).
“A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke” (Prov. 13:1).
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companions of fools will suffer harm” (Prov. 13:20).
“All your sons will be taught of the Lord; and the well-being of your sons will be great. In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it will not come near you” (Isa. 54:13-14).
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord” (Isa. 54:17-18).
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their
descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord (Is. 59:21). Pray for our children’s children to the 3rd
and 4th generation.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually seek the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 18:10).
“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).
“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see
Me; and concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world has been judged” (John 16:8-11).
“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33).
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit speaking to one another with
psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:18).
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Eph. 6:1-3)
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).
“It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing. . . Prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life” (Phil. 3:14-16).
“For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:9-10).
“But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children” (1 Thess. 2:7). “You know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,
so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:11-12).
“I pray the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe” (would have its way in the lives of our grandchildren and that they would come to love it) (1 Thess. 2:13).
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Tim. 4:12).
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Heb. 13:2).
“Put aside all hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Pet. 2:1-2).
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Moms, commit to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6). Arm yourself with God’s Word. Earnestly and respectfully seek after the Lord and engage His power, His peace, and His protection for your family through prayer.
God bless you as you raise up the next generation for Christ and His Kingdom!
Jean Stockdale is a wife, mom, grandmother, Christian author, Bible teacher, and disciple-maker. Her ministry, Standing Near the Cross, Inc. allows her to fulfill her vision by passionately encouraging and impacting families through discipleship and the study of God’s Word. The Lord has gifted Jean with a winsome combination of humor, profound spiritual insights, practical life lessons, and the ability to communicate scriptural truths with personal illustrations. She writes and speaks with a passion that comes from her devotional love for the Lord Jesus and others are blessed out of the overflow. She is being widely used of the Lord in motivating and challenging women of all ages and stages of life to be students of the Word and to live out in everyday life the reality of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.