Below are Nicole's thoughts on Chapter 24 of The Power of A Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. Please know that what we all learn from a study is usually different. Therefore we encourage you to share with us what you've learned from this chapter as well.
Chapter 24's title made me want to skip right over it....Rejecting Sexual Immortality. "My children are only 8. I can wait on this prayer." I thought to myself. Then, I read the chapter.
On page 162, Stormie writes the following...
We can't wait until our children are teenagers to pray about this, just as we can't wait until then to instruct them that life works better when we live God's way. Today is the day we pray. Sexual temptation is everywhere. It's in front of our children's eyes at every turn.
Today we must pray for our children. Pray that sexual sin will not be a strong temptation for them. Pray that they will want to live a pure life for God and that they will know that sex out of marriage will never give them what they are searching for in this life. Pray that they are safe from anyone who wants to wrong them sexually. No matter how much it makes us want to skip right over this prayer, it is so important that we pray for our children to reject sexual immortality.
Our children grow up very quickly. One minute they are bouncing up and down on a Johnny Jumper and the next minute they are trying to jump their bikes over a bike ramp. They will need this prayer before you know it.
As Stormie writes on page 162....We must pray for them to live God's way.
I lift up all of our children today and ask you to give them the spirit of wanting to reject sexual immortality. I pray that you will make their heart and desires pure and that they will always long to live a life that is pleasing to you.
In Your Name we pray,
Bible Verses from Chapter 24
This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immortality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God. - 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
Flee sexual immortality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immortality sins against his own body. - 1 Corinthians 6:18
The body is not for sexual immortality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. - 1 Corinthians 6:13
No temptation has over taken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, thar you may be able to bear it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death. - James 1:14-15
Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. - 1 Peter 2:11
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.". Proverbs 28:26