Sunday my oldest son turned 17.
And now we’re facing his senior year.
I often find myself making mental checklists of things I need to make sure we cover before he graduates, and God is faithfully showing me areas where he needs my fervent prayers. It’s been a bittersweet season, watching him take steps toward manhood, still needing us, but possibly needing us less and less. And so as I prayed about what books of the Bible might be a good fit for us as a community in July, God seemed to clearly direct me…
For the month of July, our Patreon family will be praying through the Johns.
Specifically, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. Each day, we’ll come to these short, but mighty books, with the prayer calendar as our guide, and ask God to accomplish His Word in the hearts of our families. According to ESV.org, “John’s letters bring together powerfully the three aspects of authentic Christian living, whatever its cultural expression: true doctrine (mind), selfless love (heart), and obedient action (will).” In light of what I shared above about my oldest, I can’t think of anything better to pray for him, and my younger son, than that they might understand and embrace the truth, offer the world selfless love, and walk in obedience to Christ. Not matter what age your child is, these are great things to pray!
Molly Cash, our prayer coordinator, has picked the verses to theme our prayers. Here’s a sneak peak at the beautifully designed prayer calendar (thank you, Wendi Humes!).
Several months ago, on a whim, I decided to print out the prayer calendar, along with a copy of our digital blank prayer journal, My Book of Prayers. My BOP is a substantial document, with lots of room for writing and journaling. If you print it out, and put it in a 3-ring binder, you’ll have space to journal your way through the next several months of prayer calendars.
Here’s what mine looks like:
You can see that I’ve used a hole punch to get the pages ready for my 3-ring binder, and I have the prayer calendar printed out, and placed at the very front of the binder so I can refer to it easily throughout the month. One of my main goals for this prayer journal was to give you LOTS of writing space, and I think we achieved that. You can easily print it out on your home printer (like I did here), or take it to a print shop for a slightly higher quality print. It’s really up to you!
A GREAT DEAL
Because I personally enjoyed using My BOP + the prayer calendar together so much, it’s now a permanent part of our membership! When you join our Patreon family to get your prayer journal (just $5 a month gets you a new prayer calendar each month), I’ll throw in a digital copy of My Book of Prayers, free. Actually, now is a great time to join, because you can get one month’s prayer calendar free when you pay annually! So, you have two amazing deals on the table. Join Patreon this month and get your July prayer calendar + a free digital download of My Book of Prayers, OR join Patreon for the entire year and get the prayer calendar + the prayer journal + one month FREE! It’s kind of a win/win! You’ll see both options when you click the button below. Just choose the one that’s right for you and your family!
Of course, if you’d rather get My Book of Prayers outside of the Patreon community, you can. Just click this link and download it right away (but it’s really a better deal to get it with the prayer calendar you get by joining our Patreon family)!
Why Join the Patreon Family?
1. Your monthly support makes the Million Praying Moms podcast possible. Right now we’re trying to raise enough support to increase the number of podcast episodes we’re able to produce per year, so that we can reach more moms with the message that prayer can be their first and best response to the challenges of parenting.
2. Joining on ANY level (there are three to choose from) gets you a scripture-inspired prayer calendar each month, my new topical prayer guides, access to a live prayer meeting each month, and other perks, as I offer them, like the free digital copy of My Book of Prayers.
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