WHEN CHILD FACES PEER PRESSURE
And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom.12:2)
I come before you in your son Jesus name laying my child
on the altar before you. Lord I see
all the daily pressures my child faces: pressure from friends, classmates,
coworkers, even teachers. Your word
says the devil is like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
It's only because of Your grace and mercy that anyone can avoid being
devoured by sin. Jesus, please stand
in the way of the devil coming near my child and enticing him to lead an unholy
life, to take drugs and alcohol, to lie and cheat, to steal, to be involved in
sexual perversion, or to commit violent acts.
May my child find the strength, by Your Holy Spirit, to
be like the men of Judah, who "remained loyal to their king" when the
rest of Israel went astray. Instill
within my child the determination to desert the things of the devil rather than
the things of God.
More important than being accepted by the "in"
crowd is being accepted by You. Please
make real to my child a love and acceptance that the world cannot duplicate.
May You be the One my child seeks to please.
Please create within my child a thirst for more of You
and Your Word. May Your Word be a
lamp unto the feet of my child so that he can find his way through the darkness.
Bring into his path friends who are sold out for You and who will
encourage him in his faith. Lord may
he become an active participant in the church.
Popular opinion isn't Your opinion, God, but it's not
always easy for a young, impressionable person to see it that way.
So make Your way known to him. Give
him a divine revelation of Your changeless nature, and let him know You are with
him every step of the way.