Sometimes it seems like children are always hungry, and not always for what is good for them. Most would choose donuts and dessert over vegetables. Today we do not pray about their food choices, but about their life choices. We will pray they have appetites for character and wisdom rather than carnality. Join me in praying Jesus’ fourth beatitude over our children and grandchildren.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice (righteousness), for they will be satisfied.
Hungering and thirsting are such natural parts of who we are, Father. Physiologically, we cannot live without food and water. The longer we go without food or water, the more ardently we crave them. Our stomachs growl and groan protesting their emptiness.
In the same way, may our children and grandchildren hunger and thirst for your righteousness. When they pursue unrighteousness, let it leave them feeling empty and unsatisfied inside. May poor choices and foolishness cause their hearts and spirits to groan and growl for something better. Let lying, cheating, impurity and unkindness leave a bad taste in their mouths.
Yes, Lord, stir up within them a hunger for wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Give them a craving for integrity, character and godly living. We want their thirst to be for you and your Word. We yearn for them to value what you value and like what you like.
For we know that true fulfillment and satisfaction cannot come where righteousness is lacking. By your Holy Spirit, call them to your righteousness, a righteousness found only in relationship with you. May they discover the deep peace and contentment that come from living their lives your way.
We pray that their hearts and spirits would groan and growl for you and your righteousness. Let it be, Father. Let it be!