Updated: Jan 7, 2019
Shirley and I are beginning “22 Weeks of Prayer.” This will be a time for the Cornerstone Family to pray for one another. We hope you will join with thousands of other families.
Praying God’s Word
Psalm 119 will guide us during these 22 weeks.
This Psalm is composed of 22 eight verse stanzas, one for each of the 22 characters that make up the Hebrew alphabet. Every Saturday for 22 weeks we will email the next set of verses to those on our email list as well us update this blog.
Turning the Word of God into our prayers. Use a verse (prayer request) per day or use altogether.
WEEK 1 - Psalms 119:1-8
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
(1 John 5:14-15)
“We come to You today with confidence because our requests are in agreement with your will. We know you are listening to us and will answer our prayers for our children and other homeschool families."
1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
“Above all else, we ask that our children will be blameless and walk in Your way all the days of their lives …”
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
“We pray they will search and seek for You at all times …”
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
“Today there are many distractions attempting to move our children away from You and Truth. We ask that they will reject all compromise with evil - in thoughts, ideas, and behavior …”
4 You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
“We thank you for your commandments and precepts which direct us in right thinking and in right behavior. Direct us as parents to teach Your Word diligently to our children in all subjects - in history, science, and religion. We ask that You keep our children from false thinking …”
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
“We pray for all the moms and dads that we will be faithful as parents …”
“We know that the only way to remain faithful is to keep our eyes fixed on You and Your Word. We pray for ourselves and our children that we will hide your word in our hearts - the inner eye of our soul - as we fix our eyes on You, the author and perfecter of our faith."
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
“As we teach our children Truth, give them an upright heart - a heart for You and Your Word above all else …”
8 I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!
“And last of all, we pray for ourselves and our children that we will honor You by keeping your Word. Thank you for the promise that You will never leave us or forsake us and that there is nothing which can or will separate us from You and Your love.”
WEEK 2 - Psalms 119:9-16
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
Let me not wander from your commandments!
We pray for opportunities to talk with our children about living pure lives. Knowing how easy it is for our hearts to wander away from You, we pray they will listen to Your Word. Guard our children’s hearts with Your Word. Keep them from copying the behavior and customs of this world. We pray they will seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness all the days of their lives.
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
We pray that our children will realize the importance of meditating and memorizing Your Word in order to keep their lives pure. Help us all to set aside time each day to store it up in our hearts. You have the Words of eternal life. As the deer longs for streams of water, may we long for You, the living God, and Your Word.
12 Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes!
Today, we want to pray for homeschool parents - that we would think constantly about You and Your Word; that we would fear and love You with all our heart, soul, and might because You alone are God. Then we will be able to teach our children to love and obey You. "Blessed are you, O LORD."
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
Blessed are you, O LORD. Teach us as parents your statutes that we might teach them diligently to our children both formally and informally; the first thing in the morning and throughout the day. Make us sensative to every opportunity. We pray that Your Word will fill our lives and our homes.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
Lord, there is no one and nothing which compares to You. We pray that the desires for riches would not crowd You and Your Word out of their lives, but that our children would enjoy and delight in You and Your Word.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
We are thankful that you did not leave us in the dark, but You have spoken. Empower our minds, Holy Spirit, to be thinking daily on Your Word. There are many things that we set out eyes on. We pray our children will set their eyes on the paths of life marked out by Your Word. Your word is a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
Lord, You alone can cause us to love Your Word. Empress on us the importance of memorizing and meditating on Your Word so that we will not forget it. Each morning when we awake may our first thoughts be of You and Your Word.
Week 3 - Psalm 119: 17-24
17 Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
Thanks for giving us our children - their life is a blessing. We pray they will know You are good. We pray they will be your servant all their lives. Give them spiritual discernment and power to obey Your Word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
As we read Your Word today, Lord, open our eyes. Because we are unable to understand it on our own, open our hearts and minds to Your Word so that we might see and understand Your truth. Show us the many “wonderful things” You have written to us.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.
Lord, we are strangers in this world, and therefore are in need of a guide, a guard, a companion, a comforter. Let us have Your commandments always in view, for they will be all this to us, all that a stranger can desire.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
During the week we have asked that You, Lord, would open our children’s eyes to Your Word. Now we ask that their greatest hunger would be for You and Your Word. May they taste and see that You are good! May they trust You and Your Word even when it goes against what their friends believe.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
those who stray from your commands.
We pray that our children will never set up their wills in competition with and opposition to Your will, as if their hearts, and minds were their own. We ask that they never stray from You or Your Word, but if they do, bring them back.
22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
Because our children are learning to follow after You and Your Word, there will be times that others, even friends, will laugh at them and maybe even exclude them from their activities. It will be hard for them to stand firm. Be especially close to them during those times. When this happens, bring to their remembrance all the Bible verses they have memorized.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
We pray our children will look to Your Word for counsel, guidance and wisdom. We ask that they will want You to guide their lives. It is because You are the “Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God” that we ask for You to be their Counselor. Turn their hearts to You.
WEEK 4 - Prayer Guide
Psalm 119: 25 - 32
25 My soul clings to the dust;
give me life according to your word!
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
teach me your statutes!
Father, today (“I am” or “some homeschool parents are”) discouraged. How often things don’t seem to go right. When our expectations are not met, we have feelings of inadequacy. This morning, I am coming to You asking you to revive and stimulate me and other homeschool moms according to Your word! Teach us from Your Word about our new identity in Christ. We agree with the Apostle Paul when he wrote: “Therefore, since we have this ministry of discipleship, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart.”
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
We ask that as our children study Your Word You will give them clear understanding of what it means. We know Your Word is full of living power. It is sharper than a doubled edged sword - cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires, revealing to us what we are really like exposing our deep need for You.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word!
There are times when our hearts, as homeschool parents, are heavy with grief and sorrow over our children. Raise us up and strengthen us according to the promises of Your Word:
“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
“… it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
29 Put false ways far from me
and graciously teach me your law!
Keep our children’s minds pure - wash away all false ideas with the cleansing of Your Word. We pray that they will be careful what they see and hear so that nobody spoils their faith through intellectualism or high-sounding reasoning based on men’s ideas of the nature of the world. Don’t let the world around them squeeze them into its own mould. Lord renew their minds from within by Your Word.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your rules before me.
We know there are multiple options, doors, through which our children could walk through. Lord, we pray they will choose the door into the way of Truth and faithfulness. We pray they will have mental Biblical billboards directing them all along their way.
31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;
let me not be put to shame!
Lord, we know there are going to be times when our children’s faith will be challenged. We pray that they will be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish as they live in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. We pray they will shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the Word of Life.
32 I will run in the way of your commandments
when you enlarge my heart!
Lord, we ask that our children will pursue Your commands … that You will guide their understanding into Truth, because You, Jesus, are the “way, the Truth, and the life.”
WEEK 5 - Prayer Guide
Psalm 119: 33 - 40
He. (This is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphebet.)
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
And keep it with all my heart.
O Lord, You have said that if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask You, and it will be given. Teach me, O Lord, and give me understanding. Engrave Your statutes and law upon my heart so that I will know how to teach our children the whole council of Your Word..
35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
We ask that our children’s greatest joy and delight be in You and Your Word.
Jesus, You said Your sheep hear Your voice and follow You. We ask that You will lead our children in the way of Your commandments; that they will read Your Word and allow it to renew their minds.
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies
And not to dishonest gain.
Father, we know our natural tendencies are neither for You or Your word. Unless You draw us we would never come to You. We ask that You give our children an eagerness for Your Word. Draw their hearts to Your testimonies. Keep them pure in heart, soul, and mind.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.
O Lord, we live in a culture which is empty of You. We have replaced Truth with man’s ideas. Protect our children. We pray they will not go looking for personal fulfillment in all the wrong places. As the beautiful plants in our garden turn their flowers toward the sun during the daytime — turning toward the light, we pray that our children’s hearts will turn to You and the personal expressions of Your love and will for their lives.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.
As our children grow up, confirm Your Word to them. Reassure them that it is You who has spoken. Lord, we pray this will produce reverence for You and that they will worship You in Spirit and in Truth all the days of their lives.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.
Give our children the strength of faith to face the insults hurled at them because they follow You and Your ordinances. Give them courage when they are confronted by their friends because of what they believe. May they know that the patterns of life that You have set out are good, trustworthy, and lead to an abundant life.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.