Skill 1: “A Beloved Child” Scripture & Prayers
Welcome to the Wholehearted Journey "Beloved Child” Prayer and Scriptures. Neuroscientist Dr. Carolyn Leif says:
"12 minutes of daily focused prayer over an 8-week period can change the brain to such an extent that it can be measured on a brain scan. This type of prayer increases activity in brain areas associated with social interaction, compassion and sensitivity to others."
The 8-week prayer experience will guide you deeper into the seven skills of the Wholehearted Journey. Not only will these 12-minute guided prayer experiences change your heart and soul, they will physiologically change your brain. Yes, these guided times of prayer will help you focus when you pray and if you're like me, that's sometimes the most difficult part. Unfortunately, I'm so easily distracted. So, if possible, locate yourself in a place where you'll have some solitude in a room, in your house or even in your car during a lunch break. Remove or turn off your cell phone and any other distractions, then pray along repeating the prayers, scriptures and declarations aloud. For this week, the prayers and scriptures will focus on Skill 1 of The Wholehearted Journey a Beloved Child.
Galatians 3:26 says, "So you are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ."
Today I declare that I am a beloved child of God. My confidence is in what Jesus did for me through his cross and his resurrection. I am not distant from God. I am near and dear to his heart. I am always on his mind. I am always in his heart. He is near, not far. He never leaves me. He never forsakes me.
Galatians 4:6-7, "You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children, because God sent the spirit of his son into our lives crying out Papa, father, doesn't that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave but a child? And if you are a child, you're also an heir with complete access to the inheritance."
Father, I am not a slave. I am a child of God. That means I am an heir with complete access to the inheritance. I am filled with Jesus' spirit, the one that cries out within me Papa, father, god, I receive you as my true Father. You are the inventor of fatherhood. You are a million times better than anything I could ever have hoped, desired or dreamed a dad could ever be. Today, I declare that I am a beloved child of a loving Father
Romans 8:16 says, “God's spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is and we know who we are, father and children.”
Holy Spirit reconfirm in my spirit that I am a beloved child of God In the depths of my heart and soul. Let me know who God is, a loving Father, and who I am a beloved child. I am your child. There is no one else like me, and you love me for who I am. I am unique. I am the apple of your eye. I am a prized one. You love me. You adore me, not for what I do, but for who I am. I am a beloved child of God. I am a beloved child of God. I am a beloved child of God. I am loved by God. God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, the one who created the universe, is my father. I am a beloved child of God.
Psalms 139:17-18, says “How precious to me are your thoughts, god. How vast is the sum of them. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.”
Dear Father, I am always on your mind. Your thoughts for me are more than I can comprehend. With all these loving thoughts of me, how could I ever believe that you have abandoned me? No, you have never left me or forsaken me. Like your thoughts towards me, your love for me never ends.
(How many grains of sand are there on the ocean's beaches all around the world Now? Some folks at the University of Hawaii estimate that there's seven quintillion five quadrillion grains of sand. This is a huge number. If you were to divide seven quintillion five quadrillion grains of sand into the approximate seconds of your life, god would be thinking about you approximately three billion times every second. Think about that for a moment. How precious are your thoughts for me, god? For they outnumber the grains of sand.)
Dear Father, I am always on your mind. Your thoughts for me are more than I can comprehend. You think of me more than three billion times every second. You have never left me or forsaken me. Like your thoughts towards me. Your love for me never ends. I am your beloved child. You love me just how I am. You think about me more than the grains of sand Every second. At least three billion thoughts you think about me. You can't get me off your mind. I am adored. Every need is met. You're thinking of me, providing for me, sustaining me, because I am your beloved child.
Romans 8:38-39, says, “I'm absolutely convinced that nothing, nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable, absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus, our Master, has embraced us.”
Father, there is nothing that can separate your love. For me, I need to experience your love in a supernatural way today, god. Pour down your love in a real, intangible way, here, in this very moment. Embrace me now in Jesus' name, hold me now in Jesus' name, encourage me now in Jesus' name. I need your tangible presence in this moment. I ask for it now. Jesus said if I would seek, I would find, if I would knock on any door, that it would be open, that if I ask, you will answer. And so today I seek, I knock. I ask for you to pour out your presence on me today. Fill me afresh and let me know that I am your child, child taken care of. Thought over.
Nothing can separate me from your love, not past decisions, not my present circumstances, god. Nothing can separate me from your love. And so I open up myself to receive your love. Pour it out like a waterfall, like a deluge, god. Overwhelm me by your spirit in this moment. I know it brings you pleasure. I know that you love to meet your children, and I am a beloved child of yours. I have always been and I will always be. Nothing will separate me from your love. Nothing height nor depth, nor anything can separate me from your love. God, not my actions of the past, not my thoughts of who I am today. Nothing will separate me from the love of God.
Nothing I've gone through, nothing that I've experienced, nothing that I am ashamed of, can keep me from the love of God. Shame shrinks away, shame has no more hold over me, for nothing shall separate me from God's love. My father, my creator, my Lord, my everything. I am yours and you are mine. Nothing in heaven or on earth or under the earth will separate me from the love of my father.