Welcome, sweet boy-mamas to the first day of our 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge! Before we jump into the meat of today’s topic on Heart Change, we’d like you to take just 4 quick minutes and watch this welcome video from Brooke McGlothlin, author of “Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most“ and founder of this prayer challenge!
What rest and relief can be found in the simple realization that the success of this challenge in the heart of my “warrior” is not based on anything I can improve upon or accomplish. As Brooke stated, it’s all about “what God can do in spite of me!” I hope you find encouragement there, too! With that prayer of dedication as our launching pad, let’s dive into today’s topic: Heart Change.
What a completely perfect place to start, friends. This concept of asking God to change “hearts of stone” into “hearts of flesh” provides a backdrop for the rest of His redemptive story to play out in the lives of our boys. Taking it one step further, I’m reminded that God cannot work in our hearts as mothers if we don’t allow Him to completely move into the recesses of our souls and rip away what is old, broken, and sinful to replace it with what is new, recreated, and redeemed. Brooke writes:
“The most foundational thing we can ask God for in the lives of our sons is heart change. The Word says that what’s in the heart eventually comes out. Bad stuff in the heart? Bad stuff comes out. Good stuff in the heart? Good stuff comes out.”
For those of you who may not know, my “warrior” is only 13.5 months old and I struggle to categorize him in the “heart of stone” group or see beyond that sweet, toothy-grin to know that because of our inherent sin nature, my Augustine has “bad stuff” in his heart even now. Yet, I cannot ignore the words of Scripture, “The heart is deceitful above all things and it is exceeding corrupt: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Today, we pray for the heart change of our sons – that God’s overwhelming presence would be manifest in their lives in such a way that Heart Change would be unavoidable. As you start working through the eBook, and prayers on your own, I’d like to share four ideas from Brooke on how to organize your time through the topical prayers during this challenge:
1. Get up early and bathe your sons in prayer first thing in the morning
2. Pray the prayers one at at time throughout the day
3. Make the prayers a part of your family devotional time – pray them out loud over your sons
4. Spend time in concentrated prayer late at night, around bedtime
When my husband, Nate and I have walked through past seasons of this prayer challenge, we found the best method for us was to pray for Auggie each night before bed…we read through Brooke’s encouragement and direction in the eBook together and then took turns praying the prayers out loud, inserting our “warrior’s” name! However, you choose to do it – just commit to the 10 prayers each day!
Day 1 | Action Steps
Read | The Introduction (pg. 7-9) and section titled, “The Battle” (pg. 10-11) in the eBook, “Warrior Prayers” and work through any (or all) of the Study Questions that enhance your time in this challenge!
Pray | Work through the 10 prayers on Heart Change (pg. 12) using whatever method works best for you!
Comment | Since this is our first day in the challenge, we want to hear what you are looking forward to most about the next 21 days! Do you have any specific hopes or goals? Are there any fears you’d like to share?
As always, feel free to email any comments or questions to me directly at [email protected] – I’m excited to walk this journey with you! Let’s wear some holes in our jeans this month!