Powerful Prayers For Adult Children

Powerful Prayers For Adult Children

Powerful Prayers For Adult Children

 

Whether your children are 18, 30, or older, consistent prayers offered on their behalf not only helps them, but helps you to have a more peaceful and faith filled heart.  I know for me, if I’m not looking toward a loving God concerning my adult children and their lives, I can get into fear and worry. 

Here are some scriptures and affirmations to pray/affirm for your adult children. I use affirmative prayers because Jesus said to pray, believe, and then we’ll receive. I’ve also paraphrased them in a way that I felt led. So, I affirm that my prayers are done (and they are in the spiritual realm), so I affirm until they manifest and then keep affirming and offering gratitude.

Get into that secret place and allow these words to penetrate the heart of God, as there is power in our words!  I look at it this way: Hold an object in front of a mirror and you see that object as it is.  But if you turn that object just a little, you see it differently. Praying for my children, in my eyes, helps them make shifts that grant them a closer relationship with God, themselves, and others, and therefore, a better life.

Prayers for adult children:

  1. Ephesians 1:17-19

God, thank you that my children are receiving your spirit of wisdom and revelation, getting to know you better and better each day. Getting to know you more personally! Experiencing your presence! Thank you that their hearts are being opened and they’re clearly hearing what you’ve created and called them to do in this life. That they’re becoming more aware of the immensity of your glorious way of life, your awesome power, and your endless, boundless strength!

  1. Colossians 1:9-12 (Coupled with Ephesian 5 fruits of the spirit)

God, fill my children with an understanding of you and your will. Thank you that they walk in a manner that pleases you and bear fruit that blesses themselves and others in all areas of their lives –Fruits of the Spirit like peace, kindness, humility, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Thank you that their coming to a deeper understanding of who and what you are. God, strengthen them with faith filled power, endurance, patience, and joy. Thank you!

  1. Micah 6:8

Thank you, God, that my children are learning more and more how to live as you desire them to. That they’re going within and listening to your guidance. That they’re compassionate, loyal, kind, and humble.

  1. Proverbs 2:1-11

My children receive wisdom and understanding from God as they make decisions in life, such as career, service, dating, marriage, friendships, finances, and parenting.

  1. James 4:1-8

My children guard their hearts from the temptations and lusts of this carnal world.  Things like greed, addiction, lust, power trips, hurting others, lying, etc. They allow God’s will to work in them, resisting the ways of this carnal, egotistical world. If they fall or miss the mark, they humble themselves before God, and get right back up with a heart after the ways of their creator.

I’ll add to this list periodically. Commit to praying faithfully for your children, as prayer and affirmations are great ways to continually uphold and support them. Believe God’s best for them, no matter what’s going on in the physical realm.  See the spiritual realm, believing God is always at work on their behalf. We must believe for them, always.

If you’d like to add a scriptural prayer or affirmation, please do so in the comments below.  

 

Prayers & Affirmations for an Addict or Alcoholic

Prayers & Affirmations for an Addict or Alcoholic

Prayers & Affirmations for an Addict or Alcoholic

It’s challenging when a loved one is struggling with the disease of addiction. You find out in a quick minute that essentially you’re powerless to change or fix them. You can, however, learn how to best support your loved one and take care of yourself too. I find prayer helps. I find having faith in God to act helps, because my “talks” don’t seem to get through. (I’m sure many can relate)

Take time to sit quietly and pray for your loved ones. Affirm them. Visualize them free from the grip of addiction. See God/Jesus/Angels surrounding him or her. Cover them in prayer regularly. 

Here are some prayers and affirmations I’ve written you can use as a guide, but certainly pray as you are led. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to prayer. Say what you feel and what you want.

Please pray with a sincere, earnest heart.

  • God, please open _____ eyes to the reality of this situation and his/her dependence on alcohol/drugs. Let him/her begin to see and acknowledge that he/she is not in control of his/her usage. That he/she would benefit greatly from quitting drinking/drugging.
  • God, please strengthen _____ and give him/her the courage to reach out for help. Enable him to take his/her first step toward recovery. Give him/her persistence to persevere to be free from alcoholism/drug addiction.
  • I pray that you would begin to heal ______ brokenness and emptiness. Help him/her to move past the guilt, shame, and anger the he/she may have from years of addiction. Give them the courage to reach out for professional help. Let him/her see how loved and valuable they are!
  • I pray for ______ freedom, deliverance, and restoration.
  • I come before You, God and repent of all my sins and my ancestors sins that may have resulted in a curse. I repent of all disobedience, rebellion, lying, perversion, adultery, idolatry, fornication, murder, witchcraft, and so on. May Your forgiveness abound!
  • In the authority in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command all demonic spirits of depression, alcoholism, addictions of any kind, anxiety, fear, rage, torment, guilt, rejection, sickness, confusion, apathy, laziness, to release _____________ in Jesus Name! All darkness must flee!
  • I break all written and spoken curses over my life and my family’s life in Jesus name! I break every chain, shackle, cord, habit, craving, soul-ties, and debt that has tried to steal from our lives.
  • _____ is free from the curse.
  • ______ is free from alcoholism.
  • _____is blessed abundantly.
  • ______ receives the spirit of discernment. He/she has your vision, God, and follows your ways.
  • God, protect and be with _____. Send your angels to accompany, defend, and protect him/her. Place a hedge of protection around him/her. Remove any enabler or bad influence from his/her life. Surround him/her with godly, good souls who will encourage him. Lead him/her to those who can offer valuable support, encouragement, and accountability.
  • Increase his/her faith in You. Give him/her passion and purpose. Show him/her your plan for his life and give him/her the desire to follow YOUR ways.
  • Help him/her remember who he/she is in You. Let him/her experience Your peace and unconditional love.
  • Thank you, God, for hearing and answering my prayers.

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR ALCOHOLICS OR ADDICTS

____ is free from addiction.

____ looks inward to find peace and joy.

____ takes full responsibility for his/her life.

____ resists the temptation to drink/use drugs.

____ has positive social supports surrounding him/her.

____ loves him/herself.

____ takes good care of him/herself mentally and physically.

____ is living a happy and healthy life.

No person, place, or thing has power over ____.

____ is doing the best he/she can right now. He/she is willing to grow and evolve.

____ supports him/herself in loving and supportive ways.

 

Self Vs.God: Who Do You Serve?

Self Vs.God: Who Do You Serve?

Self Vs.God: Who Do You Serve?

I love “self-serve” options. Self-serve gas stations, ice cream parlors, buffets, and even checking out at the grocery store.  I’ll admit that for the most part, I like to be in control.

Which brings me to the topic of self vs. god. Who do I serve more? Me? Or the omnipresent spirit of Love?

Here I am on this planet, two “kingdoms” vying for my attention, my loyalty, my time, and my energy.

  1. The Kingdom of Self
  2. The Kingdom of God

I spent my first two decades living in the Kingdom of Self.  I was not raised to know the difference between the two, and so by default, I became pretty good at letting my “self” (carnal nature) lead the way.

Then, I found the concept of God in college, when I was living in inner turmoil.  Found a good church and spent a decade learning about God, God’s ways, seeking to please God, and learning the Scriptures. I was all in at the consciousness level I was at.

Then, my seeming wonderful world crashed when I decided to end a marriage and hop into a toxic relationship. All emotional hell broke loose, which I’ll spare the details here.

And then I reverted back even deeper into “The Kingdom of Self”, mainly because I was so eager to find out who my true self or identity was. Who was I outside of what others or society wanted me to be?

And as I journeyed to find my “authentic self”, somehow I forgot about “God”. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I believed in a god anymore. Not in the Christian kind of God anyway.  I became absorbed in my “self” and purposed to create an amazing life without a higher power…but with positive affirmations and book knowledge.

And I have grown leaps and bounds. Through the last decade, I’ve learned incredible lessons about myself, people, relationships, God, religions in general, consciousness, life on Earth, science, finances, and so on.  Lessons I might not have learned had I not gone through some tough times. And for this, I’m grateful.

But there was something in me that was putting off “God”.  Putting off the Scriptures. Putting off faith in something greater than myself.

Those wandering in the desert

I’ve seen this in the new age camp plenty.  Those that leave the church for one reason or another and wander off on their own quest for salvation and peace.  Now, this is great if this is for you, but there are plenty out there who are wandering in the desert with a clear idea of their “selves”, but lacking faith in much else. And, they’re kind of miserable, and feeling empty, trying to bear fruit while not realizing they have very few or no roots.

I also see many of the youth who have no idea what they believe in.  They crave freedom, peace, and joy, but aren’t sure what all ingredients go into getting that. They’re not really into organized religion, and I can say I understand.  In this post-modern era, the message of the gospel has lost much of its appeal to the youth. But still, many are lost.

The Kingdom of God

Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God. He tells us that we can live in this kingdom NOW. That it’s within us.  That this kingdom is about God; not our selfish desires.

Because in all honesty, left to my own, I’m pretty selfish.  Sure, I have a huge heart, but I don’t always want to share it.  In fact, I’ve got some bricks up around it at times. I’m very giving, but I’m not always paying attention to how I can best serve humanity.

This is why I’ve taken a new stand for putting God first. Putting God’s Kingdom first.  Putting a relationship with God first. This means getting up in the morning and rather than getting right to work…I take time to pray. To meditate. To study holy literature. To ask, “God, what do you want to do through me today?”  

And, to be more mindful of God’s presence in me throughout the day.  Paying attention. Listening. Saying “yes” more to love. To service. Saying “no” more to fleshly desires, worldly pursuits, lusts of the flesh.

Surrender the “Self Life”

Jesus says, “Put on the new self”, which is the likeness of Jesus. This means that I can get up each day and purposefully decide to deny my “old self” and take on the “new self” in Jesus.  To identify with Christ Consciousness. To manifest Christ Consciousness throughout my day.

The Self Lies

The selfish nature promises all sorts of things, but they turn out to be lies.  Just look around… you’ll see people pursuing money in the hopes that they’ll find happiness in it. All the while, they’re not really happy, burned out, and lost.

There are those drowning in emotional pain, self-sabotaging, numbing out with alcohol and drugs. That’s the “old self” lying and promising a “feel good” through chemicals.

There’s those addicted to all sorts of things: the internet, social media, games, work, gambling, shopping, food, porn, etc.  All “The Kingdom of Self” and leads to darkness, misery, brokenness, etc.

“God Centered Living”

I’m finding more and more that God centered living is the only kind of living I want to do.  “Love Centered Living”. By God, I mean the all-knowing, all-powerful, creative life force that created everything and everyone.  The Almighty, Cosmic Intelligence, Universal Spirit, Life Force!

It’s in the inner life.  The inner thoughts and emotions that come from God’s Spirit. From Christ Consciousness.

As human beings, we have this “mind” that thinks.  Renew that mind according to God’s Word. To holy literature. According to Love. Light.  Take time daily to close your eyes and get quiet. Think about God and God’s Kingdom within you.

Begin to entertain the idea of a new way of life on this planet. The kind of life where you can trust more than just yourself.

I’m on the verge of a new path in several areas of my life right now. I’m trusting that God will show me as I listen with an innocent heart. The doors will be opened and connections will be made that will bring forth more light and love on this planet. I don’t have all the answers and I don’t need to.

But this one thing I am doing is going within more often. Acknowledging a power greater than myself. Deciding to rely and trust on God’s power and living in this Kingdom. And I know as a result, Christ consciousness will expand in me, and my spiritual branches will bear much more fruits of the Spirit, but not just for me.

For humanity.

I ran into a clerk yesterday who called me things like sweetheart, babe, love, sweetie. You could tell there was something amazing about this woman. Joy was radiating from her, and kindness. Before I left I told her that she was the most positive person I’d seen in a while. She looked at me and said, “Thank you. It’s Jesus in me.”

Ah. I’m paying attention. May we all allow more Jesus to shine through us consistently.

“Seek first God’s Kingdom and righteousness.”  (Right standing with God).

You Are a Spirit: 25 Ways to Feel More Spiritual

You Are a Spirit: 25 Ways to Feel More Spiritual

You Are a Spirit: 25 Ways to Feel More Spiritual

I understand quite well that we all want to find meaning and purpose in life. For me, when I’m feeling empty and well, sort of useless, it’s not a good feeling.  There are certainly many paths to spiritual growth or enlightenment, but a major key for each is to regularly invest in developing a spiritual practice.  There’s really no getting around it. After all, developing your spiritual identity is much like developing your muscles, as it takes regular time and discipline. 

I’ve tried to have six pack abs without time and discipline working them, and it never works out (hee hee). 

Today, let’s take a look at how you can get in touch with your spiritual side and grow in peace and happiness.

What is spirituality? (Growth in God)

Spirituality is essentially an inner search for truth, purpose, and a relationship with God.  It’s an inherent search for meaning and value. It’s feeling as if you’re something underneath this shell of flesh. It’s really knowing you are something DEEPER than your thoughts. 

It’s a path, a journey.

How to increase it? You can develop your spirituality or connection with God using regular spiritual practices and discipline.  

How can becoming more spiritual help me?

Have you ever felt passionless and purposeless?  Yeah, it’s no fun. I get clients all the time that feel this way. They’re tired, burned out, bored, frustrated, confused, and so on. Oftentimes I encourage them to begin pursuing a spiritual path, as this can result in them beginning to discover a sense of passion and purpose. We are all faced with life’s challenging questions from time to time and developing a spiritual life can certainly help you emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

What is the difference between spirituality and religion?

Spirituality and religion are two different roads. The religion road is marked by set rituals and beliefs, whereas the spiritual road is more open.  I am all for both! For example, religion may prompt you to perform a certain ritual in order to feel accepted and religious, (like kneeling to pray or making the sign of the cross), but spirituality prompts each individual to discover their own unique path.  For one person it might mean meditating regularly and for another it might be sitting quietly in nature appreciating the beauty of the earth.  Yet for another it might mean attending a spiritual ceremony or yoga on a weekly basis.

What are the benefits of spiritual practice?

Investing in a regular spiritual practice will help you grow in valuable ways. Some experience less stress and more peace. Some feel closer to God or their higher power. Some journey inside and develop a self-love that has been neglected.  Others experience an unconditional love for others. You may experience a host of positive changes in your life as you pursue spirituality, such as compassion, better health, positive thoughts, inherent joy, favor, and gratitude.

Simple ways to develop a spiritual practice

To develop spiritually, it is important to take some time to invest in your growth regularly. Just as you exercise your muscles to make them stronger, you must exercise your spiritual muscles to grow spiritually stronger. Keep in mind that there are no set guidelines or rules for developing spiritually. Try different spiritual practices and discover what works for you. 

Here are various things you can do to develop your spiritual practice for your mind, body, and spirit:

Spiritual practices for the mind
dominica applegate meditation

  1. Meditation.  Take time regularly to sit quietly and focus on your breath.  Relax and enjoy deep peace.
  2. Contemplation. Sit somewhere that is quiet and contemplate life, spirituality, love, gratitude, and other things that are interesting to you.
  3. Repetition of mantras. A mantra is a sound or word that you repeat to help you while meditating.  Find several that you enjoy and repeat them regularly.
  4. Reading spiritual passages. There are a plethora of spiritual writings available. Take time regularly to read passages that encourage and motivate you to stay on your spiritual journey.
  5. Affirmations. Recite positive affirmations daily that help you to stretch and grow.
  6. Confession. Make a declaration of your beliefs and goals regularly.  Confess that you grow spiritually each day, that you are becoming more loving, peaceful, and happier.
  7. Writing in a journal. Regular journal writing aids spiritual growth significantly. Pen your thoughts, beliefs, dreams, and success stories.

    Spiritual practices for the body

  8. Yoga. This spiritual practice uses deep breathing and stretching to help you get in harmony with your mind, body, and spirit.
  9. Deep breathing exercises. Spend a few minutes each day breathing deep, as this helps to relax you and center yourself.
  10. Chakra balancing. Your chakras are spiritual centers in your spirit and sometimes they can get out of balance. Spend a few minutes each day to balance your chakras.
  11. Tai-chi. This gentle form of martial arts exercise will certainly help your body and spirit get stronger.
  12. Fasting. Withholding food from your body for a period of time is thought to help you become more in tune with your spirit and higher power.
  13. Dance. Expressing yourself through dance can be a spiritual experience and help you grow.
  14. Qi Gong. This Chinese spiritual practice involves the practice of aligning your mind, body, and breath in order to experience more peace, joy, and spirituality.
  15. Walking. Taking walks helps your physical body, but it oftentimes gives you plenty of time to contemplate and connect with your spiritual self as well.

Spiritual practices for the spirit

  1. Singing hymns. Spiritual songs have long been a favored way to grow spiritually. Belt out praises and worship and FEEL the wonderful feelings that come as a result. 
  2. Rituals.  Engage in various rituals like meditation, prayer, Shamanic ceremony, or attending a spiritual service to grow.
  3. Prayer. Offering heartfelt words to your higher power can help you feel spiritually connected.
  4. Attending a church service. There are many types of services to choose from. Choose what works for you.
  5. Prayer groups. Join a prayer or spiritual group that has similar beliefs as you.
  6. Chanting. Chant your favored mantras several times throughout the day.
  7. Any devotional effort or practice. You may even discover something new that works for you.
  8. Keeping a gratitude journal. Write down all that you are grateful for often. As you offer gratitude to the universe, many good things are drawn to you.

Bottom Line

Becoming more of a spiritual person helps you to feel more connected to something greater than yourself. When you can view life with your spiritual eyes, life just makes more sense. You stress less. You feel happier and more peaceful. You get in touch with the core of who you really are and that simply feels good.

At the same time, try not to get caught up in the “do” mentality. It’s not the “doing” that makes you spiritual. You’re already spiritual!

But sometimes the disciplines, rituals, techniques, etc. help you better IDENTIFY with your spiritual nature and feel closer to God, Source, etc. 

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Developing your spiritual practice will be a personal process.  It’s not so much about routines or regimens, as it is the feelings associated with your disciplines that are important. If meditation makes you feel happy, do it regularly. If painting a picture makes you feel passion, do it regularly. If taking a long walk in nature helps you to feel spiritually connected to your Higher Power, take long walks often.  The point is to act on what makes you feel happy and peaceful because as you do, you are growing spiritually as a byproduct.

Do you have a routine or favored technique that gets you into a spiritual space?