My son, I pray you will keep God's word and commandments treasured within you
-keep His teachings as the apple of your eye-
-bind them on your fingers-
-write them on the tablet of your heart-
I pray you will call wisdom your sister...and insight an intimate friend.
...to keep you from what is forbidden -
-from the adultress
-from the pornography industry
-from our sex-saturated culture
Father I pray that Levi will not be simple, a young man lacking sense. There are so many, many things to numb his mind. Even when he's little. Keep me mindful of what goes into it. Show me how to teach him discretion. How to guard his heart.
I pray he will delight in Your Word...that he will be like a tree planted by streams of water...that he will set his mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
The culture will meet him. Dressed as a prostitute, wily, loud, brash. Help me be on my guard. To teach him to be on his guard.
It will try to seize him, entice him. Oh, it will be so easy. So easy.
A glance at a lingerie ad.
A commercial on TV.
An errant click of the mouse.
I pray he will not be persuaded or compelled. I pray he will be equipped to discern truth from a lie, lest he be as a bird rushing into a snare....not knowing that it will cost him his life...
My son, I pray you will desire wisdom. Truth. That your passion will be for the God who created you, who is crazy about you, who sent His Son that you may have life and have it abundantly.
Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.