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Potent Parent Prayers: Raising His banner




God has promised to regather His people one day. Sure, we seem to straggle off and stray, but He draws us back. And He has done the same throughout the history of His people. The Old Testament relates this, time and again.

The journey from Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan was approximately 200-250 miles. I've done it on a bus, and it was a few hours' trip. Taken directly on foot, it might have taken the Israelites a month or so. OK, maybe two months, as the group included the elderly, young children, and animals. But the jaunt took 40 years. 


Do you ever feel as if you’ve taken the long way around, simply by veering off course from the Lord’s will for your life? Conversely, have you ever supposed that God Himself may have sent you on what seems like a detour? Maybe He intended to grow you in some way or to protect you from something you might have encountered in the more direct route. Either way, things often seem to take longer than we think they ought to take. We want to get there fast.

But the day is surely coming. He will restore order and gather His people from all quarters into His glorious Kingdom.



He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. (Isaiah 11:12, NIV)


What is the banner that God has promised to raise for the nations? I believe it is the Lord Himself. For He is YHVH Nissi, the Lord our Banner (see Exodus 17:15). His name is exalted, and one day the whole world will fall to its knees (see Philippians 2:10), recognizing that He is sovereign.

Oh, Lord, our Banner, bring Your Kingdom to pass. We yearn for peace and order and security – which can only truly come to pass in Your glorious reign. Draw our children and our other loved ones to You, for we long to see them there as well. Deliver them - and us - from evil for Your Name's sake. We ask in faith and in the name of our wonderful Lord, Your Son Jesus Christ.

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Tuesday

Potent Parent Prayers: Loving the Lord




Parents who love their kids really love to be loved by their kids. We adore our youngsters, and we rejoice when they adore us back.

How much more does God desire that His children love Him, as His love is so much greater than anything we human parents might muster? As much as we love our kids, we cannot even imagine the depths of how much God loves.

It may take us all of eternity to realize how much God loves us … and to love Him with all we are. And it will be more than worth it.


Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV)



Today’s passage is known as the Great Commandment. But I am pretty sure, once we see God as He really is, we won’t need the reminder. All else will fall away, and we will fully love Him, for we will know Him fully.


Adored One, You are YHVH Elohim, the Lord God (see Genesis 2:4). We cherish You and adore You and honor Your holy name. And, above all we might pray for our children, we ask that they would come to love You with their whole hearts, souls, and minds. We pray that our kids would give their lives to You, to follow You forever. And we intercede for them that they might love their neighbors as themselves for Your glory. We ask in faith and in the name of our wonderful Lord, Your Son Jesus Christ.

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