Don’t stop praying for your children
Prayer is something beautiful. Prayer is what we do in the secret place and prayer is essential. We know our children by talking to them and spending time with them. Prayer is a lot like that. We get to know God by talking to Him and spending time with Him. Jesus modelled a life for us by seeking the will of the Father. Jesus taught us how to pray and he showed us the way. He drew aside regularly commune with His Father.
Paul reminds us in Philippians 4 vs 5 to not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God. Isn’t that reassuring? God hears what we pray wants us to talk to Him. I find that as my children hit middle teen years, I can easily give in to worrying and start fretting. If I don’t guard my thoughts, I can become a nagging mom or worse yet a Mother that doesn’t trust her heavenly Father to protect her children.
Here is a short excerpt from my book, Parenting With Courage, to remind you of the types of prayers you can pray over your children.
What Kind of Prayers Can You Pray over Your Children?
- Lift your voice to Heaven with prayers of thanksgiving, thanking Jesus for who He is in their lives and all He is doing. Thank Him for specific things about your children.
- Pray petition prayers, asking Him for character growth, the physical and emotional needs of your children and anything else that comes to mind.
- Another type is intercessory prayers and asking for protection —physical, spiritual and emotional— recognizing that your weapons of warfare as a parent are not of this world but are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.
- Pray prayers of release and prayers of agreement with prophetic words and Scriptures. Pray prayers of faith, and pray with joy and hope.
How can you get started?
- Buy a prayer journal and write your children’s names on the cover or inside. Pray over the meaning of their names. This is a powerful reminder of the purpose for which they were born.
- Write down the Scriptures that have been on your heart for them.
- Record in your journal any words of encouragement people have given to your children.
- Write down the dreams of their hearts. Take the time to ask your children about their dreams and pray into them.
Don’t stop praying. Consider meeting regularly with a friend to pray for the hearts of your children. I really want to urge you pray faith-filled prayers for your family and remember to record the answers to your prayers.
Sample Prayer of protection:
Abba, Thank you for my family. Thank you for love that we share in our home. I ask for protection over my spouse, my children, and myself today. Lead us with Your mighty hand today. Deliver us from any enemy that tries to harm us. We know that You are for us, so that no one could ever stop us. (Ref. Romans 8:31) Please guide us all safely throughout this day, so that we may all arrive safely back home, Father. You are Great, Powerful, Strong and Mighty. Thank you that will promised that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Please be with us all this day. I love you, Father! Amen
“I know Who goes before me. I know Who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side.” (God Of Angel Armies, Chris Tomlin)