______________ DAY 5 – KIDS/COLLEGE/ADULT CHILDREN______________
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Today I/we pray for Attendees: Margaret, Olga, Tammy, Cathy, and Cynthia
Father, You have given us a heart of love for our children. Many of the women who have attended the retreat say that sending their kids off to college in the US is one of the hardest sacrifices they make in being cross-cultural workers. It is a time of difficult transitions for the entire family. Parenting these children long-distance is a real challenge. Lord, I/we ask for Your comfort when anxieties overwhelm them. Guard their minds with Your truth and may they have Your strength to reject lies that Satan would use to paralyze them. I/we ask for consistent and honest communication. Please provide healthy relationships and an intimate holistic journey in Jesus for each of these young adults.
In addition, free the mothers from anxiety about their adult children, and give them peace. Reaffirm to them that You are greater than anything they face. Help them not to blame themselves for things that go wrong in the lives of their children. Redeem parental mistakes and release them from guilt. Help them forgive their children for things they have done that hurt or disappoint them. Help them forgive others who have hurt their children in any way. Give them faith to believe and patience to wait for the answers. Their heart’s desire is that each one walk intimately with Jesus.
Father, the last decade has seen tremendous growth in Portugal’s infrastructure and standard of living. It has also seen a sharp increase in the cost of living that weighs upon the poor and middle class. For years, Portugal has been a country where any advance of the gospel has been hard going. Fortunately, the evangelical community has shown signs of cooperation. I/we pray that evangelicals can find common ground amongst themselves to effectively make an impact with the word of God.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.