We are getting discernment that there may be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual attacks from the enemy against children and grandchildren both those born and those that are still in the womb. So we want to encourage you to raise a prayer shield up over your children and grandchildren.
The Ugly Side of Christmas
Christmas is such a wonderful time of celebration, where many of us have the opportunity to get together as families and celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. The Christmas story of angels, shepherds, wise men and of course the birth of Jesus – Immanuel, God with us – fills us with much joy. But there is an ugly side to the Christmas story. After the Wisemen depart, without returning to King Herod, Herod in anger seeks to kill the Christ child.
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”Matthew 2:16-18 (NIV)
We see in this episode the enemy using the stronghold formed around King Herod in an attempt to destroy the promise of the Messiah. This human/demonic structure that had formed around King Herod reacted to the power of God manifest in the birth of Christ by seeking to destroy and kill the threat to what they were seeking to build.
For both Herod and Satan, the birth of the Christ child was a direct challenge to the claims they had to the throne. For Herod the fear was, this child, the Messiah would usurp him from his place as king. For Satan the same was true, the prince of this world was fearful of the true King and his kingdom which was coming.
The children in Bethlehem became the collateral damage in the move by the enemy to destroy the Messiah. Today, the enemy is seeking to use the same tactic of targeting innocent children as he reacts to the current waves of the Holy Spirit advancing the kingdom of God.
A Warning for Today
PRMI and the Dunamis Fellowship International continues to be at the forefront of God’s advancing kingdom through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. As we see God’s kingdom advancing, we need to be aware of the response of the enemy, who will seek to lash out in vengeance and destruction. We need to pray that the Lord would quickly break the deception of the enemy and damage his intentions, especially those directed at our children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
The opening petitions in the Amidah, the central prayer of daily Jewish worship, begin with a prayer of blessing.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers, G‑d of Abraham, G‑d of Isaac and G‑d of Jacob, the great, mighty and awesome G‑d, exalted G‑d, who bestows bountiful kindness, who creates all things, who remembers the piety of the Patriarchs, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for the sake of His Name… O King, (You are) a helper, a savior and a shield. Blessed are You L-rd, Shield of Abraham.www.chabad.org
We need to pray that the Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords would be a helper, a Saviour and a shield to our children and grandchildren.
Below are some suggested prayers we can pray for our children and our children’s children.
- Thank you that “our children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Pray that the Lord would help, save and shield them from all harm.
- We thank you Lord, that our children and grandchildren are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Pray that the Lord would protect those who are right now being “knitted together in their mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).
- Pray that our children would “love the Lord their God with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their mind and all their strength” (Mark 12:30) and that they “may obtain salvation that is in Jesus Christ, with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10).
- Pray that our children and grandchildren would “dwell in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). Pray that the “Lord would be their refuge and their fortress” (Psalm 91:2). Pray that they would be clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:26) and would put on the full armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).
- Pray that our children would know the Lord’s voice and would follow him so that they will never perish or be snatched away (John 10:27-29).
- Thank you Lord, that you know even the number of hairs upon our children’s heads (Matthew 10:30). Pray that all things would work together for their good (Romans 8:28) and that the good work the Lord has begun within them would continue on to completion (Philippians 1:6).
- Pray that prodigal children would “come to themselves” (Luke 15:17) and return to the waiting embrace of their heavenly Father (Luke 15:20).
- Thank you Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit which was promised for us and for our children (Acts 2:38-39). Pray that our children may be empowered witnesses for Jesus Christ in this world (Acts 1:8).
- Thank you that our children are saved by grace and not through works (Ephesians 2:8) and that they are “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Ephesians 2:10).
- Pray that the peace, the shalom of God, which transcends all understanding would guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7. Amen.
You can download these prayer points as a PDF prayer guide