‘When purpose is unknown, abuse is inevitable’ – This quote is one of the popular taglines of motivational speaker, Dr Myles Monroe who passed away a few years ago. These words give every parent enough reason to commit to intentionally say a prayer for your child’s purpose and destiny.
What is Purpose according to the Bible?
It is true that when a man has no clear direction about the why and what of his existence here on earth, life feels clueless, trivial and meaningless. This brings us to the question – Is there a purpose for every child born on earth?
“It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message
God has a purpose for everyone here on earth. Proverbs 16:4 says – “The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.” And this purpose can only be found in God.
The truth is that without a relationship with God the giver of life, the question of purpose cannot be fully answered. It is in Christ we find out who we are and what we are living for.
Purpose starts with God. Your purpose was established before the foundation of the world. Your purpose is a part of God’s bigger plan and agenda. And as parents, we must share these truths with our children.
You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book. Psalm 139:16
18 Important Bible Verses About Purpose and Destiny
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21
It is God who directs the lives of His creatures; everyone’s life is in His power.- Job 12:10
A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? – Proverbs 20:21
For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. – Colossians 1:16
I make known the end from the beginning and from ancient times, what is still to come,’ I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do. – Isaiah 46:10-11
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.- John 15:16
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. – 2 Timothy 1:9
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps. – 1 Peter 2:21
For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also calls; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. – Romans 8:29
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. – Psalm 33:11
For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind. – Job 23:14
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. – Ecclesiastes 3:1
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. – Psalm 138:8
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay. – Acts 13:36
It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12
Some Biblical Examples of Men and Women Who Walked in Purpose
Mary the Mother of Jesus: Chosen to Carry and Birth the Son of God
Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. – Luke 1:30-32
Moses – Chosen to Lead God’s Children Out of Egypt
Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt. – Exodus 3:10
Esther – Her Courage and Influence Saved an Entire nation.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14
Jochabed – Defying the King’s Order to Preserve the Destiny of Her Child
A man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and had a son. She saw there was something special about him and hid him. She hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him any longer she got a little basket-boat made of papyrus, waterproofed it with tar and pitch, and placed the child in it. Then she set it afloat in the reeds at the edge of the Nile.” Exodus 2:1-3 MSG
Joseph – Sent Ahead to Preserve the Lives of Many
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. – Genesis 50:20
Josiah – The Young King Who Turned the Heart of His People Back to God
So Josiah removed all detestable idols from the entire land of Israel and required everyone to worship the Lord their God. And throughout the rest of his lifetime, they did not turn away from the Lord, the God of their ancestors. – 2 Chronicles 34:33
Paul – Taking the Gospel to the Gentiles
But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. – Acts 9:15
Elizabeth – Chosen to Carry and Nurture the Forerunner of Christ
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. – Luke 1:41
David – A King after God’s Heart
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. – Acts 13:22
A Prayer for Your Child’s Purpose and Destiny
Heavenly father, I thank you for choosing my child _____________ from the foundation of the world. Thank you for setting him/her apart to accomplish your purpose on the earth.
I pray for you my child, that from a young age, you will have a clear direction of why you are on earth. You will not be clueless or ignorant about God’s plan and purpose for your life. I pray that you will come to an early awareness that your true purpose can only be found in God. You will not go searching for purpose in the wrong places and things.
__________________, God saw who he created you to be before you came into existence. Indeed the number of days he has planned out for you is already recorded in his book. I pray that you will manifest God’s purpose for your life in your lifetime. God has planned out every detail of your life and all things will work together for your good as you accomplish his purpose for your life and fulfill your destiny.
I declare that Jesus is the center of your life. As you accept and embrace Christ, you will find out who you truly are in God and what you are living for. God has chosen you, consecrated you and appointed you to fulfill destiny. You are saved. You are justified and you will be glorified as you walk in God’s purpose for your life.
I pray that your feet will not stray from God’s path and purpose for your life. Men and women of evil intentions will fail in their plans to derail you from fulfilling your destiny in God. I pray that every unholy and destructive relationship that will pull you away from God’s purpose for your life will not see the light of day. God has gone ahead of you and will preserve you for your purpose. Your destiny will not be truncated by the forces of darkness because God will forever surround you like a shield.
________________, God’s purpose for your life will stand. He will lead you and guide you as you walk the path of destiny. You will be aligned with the right people, opportunities and places as you walk in God’s purpose for your life. God’s grace, favor and blessings will go with you as you fulfill your God-given destiny. I declare today that you will serve the purpose of God in your generation. Amen!