“Faith enabled Moses to choose God’s will, for when he became of age he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” Hebrews 11:24 (TPT and NKJV)
Right now, thousands of students across the nation will soon be graduating from high school. And thousands of parents are on high alert, battling all sorts of emotion. I know…I am one of them! Our babies will soon be leaving the nest. Are they equipped to survive and thrive in the world?
For Christian parents who are lovers of God, we ask deeper questions. And we pray.
Will the children God has given us embrace their identity in Christ and live out the call of God on their lives? Will the faith modeled in our homes and lives continue to grow in theirs?
The good news is that God has given us a template to pray for our graduating children. The example we see in Moses are qualities we can anchor our faith in!
“(Moses’) parents saw he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid of the king’s command.” Heb 11:23
Parents, we need to believe God is longing for us to agree with Him in seeing our children walk in victory as they leave home. We cannot afford to just “hope for the best”, covering our eyes in denial as we send them off to the Egypt’s of our day…the college campus.
We need to resist fear and replace it with faith….faith in God’s power that directed and protected Moses’ heart as he transitioned into his future.
Moses’ parents did not succumb to the fear of what the world at that time was threatening to do….rip off the internal fabric of his identity. Moses was a child of God’s people, His chosen nation….and God had big plans for this kid. Our children are set apart as well. However, the enemy wants to steal our child’s destiny and sense of who they are as they dawn the doors of the college campus.
We can pray with confidence and authority and stop Satan's work, asking for purity and cleansing in our graduating child's life.
Here are 6 points of prayer for graduating Seniors:
- I pray that ______will grow strong in their identity in Christ. I confess this (see footnote below) over my graduating Senior and pray they will confess these scriptural truths over themselves as well, being proactive in their faith, “that they may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:17)
- Lord, I pray that ______”will choose faith’s certainty above the momentary enjoyment of sin’s pleasures.” (Heb 11:25, TPT)
- I ask that______will esteem and value spiritual riches and the things of God more than temporal, earthly riches. (Heb 11:26)
- I pray that _____will look with wonder, not on the immediate, but on the ultimate….faith’s great reward! (Heb 11:26, TPT) I pray _____will begin their young adult life with the end in mind. Help them look away from everything else in order to look intently on one object….Jesus Christ.
- I pray ____would see the invisible God. Lord, reveal Yourself to my graduating Senior in magnificent ways. Open the eyes of _____heart.
- I ask you , Lord, that _____would be faithful to do what they have been taught and trained to do in our home. (Heb 11:28)
Footnote--- “Who I Am In Christ” (www.prayertoday.org)
I am not who I feel like I am. I am not who I think I am. I am not who others think I am. I am what God says I am! Therefore, I will declare His truth concerning me.
I am the head and not the tail. I am a victor, not a victim. I am strong and not weak. I am a saint, not a sinner. I am a child of God, not a child of the devil. I am free, not a slave to sin. I am clean, not dirty.
I am above and not below. I am whole, not broken. I am rich, not poor. I am wise, not ignorant. I am adopted, not abandoned. I am strong, not weak. I am kept by the power of God.
I am able, not disabled. I am seated in heavenly places in Christ. I am a joint heir with Christ. I am more than a conqueror. I am a warrior, not a wimp. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
No evil can strike me, and no plague can come near my dwelling. I am safe and secure, kept in the palm of His hand. He that began a good work in me will perform it until the day Jesus comes again. I am a temple of God. I am indwelt and filled with the Holy Spirit. I am a clean vessel sanctified and ready for the Master's use