Heavenly Father, the past few years seem to have sped by and here we are preparing for the graduation of our precious child.. who not so long ago was a helpless babe in our arms.
Thank You for this child that You gave us to care for and nurture and as they face the unknown future we pray that You would draw very close to them and lead and guide in the days that lie ahead.
Our own hearts are a mixture of contrasting emotions: - pride in their achievement and concern for their future well-being. But we do pray that this graduation ceremony would be a special time of celebration and that nothing would mar the joy and excited anticipation we are feeling.. despite the inevitable tinges of apprehension.
As our child reaches this important milestone in their life we ask for Your continued presence to lead and to guide in all things.. and as they step out into the unknown world of new responsibilities and life-challenges, we finally hand them completely over into Your safe-keeping and ask that Your presence will accompany them and that they continue to grow in grace and draw ever closer to You with each passing day – this we ask in Jesus name
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are my portion, my inheritance and my great reward. Help me to give willingly and cheerfully make my offering to You, knowing that all that I have has come from You. This I pray in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the insights we gain from the story of Balaam and his little donkey. Thank You for showing us how destructive a love of money and a lust for wealth can be.. blinding us to the truth and impeding our spiritual discernment and understanding. Keep me from any lustful thoughts and give me spiritual discernment and the wisdom to recognise if I am becoming embroiled in anything that may endanger my soul. Open my eyes to see You and my ears to hear Your call and lead me in the path of righteousness for His name's sake, AMEN.
We praise You O Lord, for You are our trustworthy God and never-changing Saviour. Thank You for the truth of Scripture and for the assurance that Your Word will stand fast for ever. Thank You that You will never let us down, despite our own faults and failings. In the name of Jesus, we pray that we may become more and more like Him, as we submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus is that Star and Sceptre, Who has gained victory over all our enemies by His death and resurrection. Thank You also for the many Bible stories that warn about the deceptive tactics of the enemy, who desires to wreck our testimony and dishonour Your name. Keep me low at the cross and broken before You and keep me from the evils of greed and from compromising the truth of Your word, this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.