Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Praying for Little Ones

Last week, I was encouraged by my friends At The Well to pray more specifically and intentionally for my husband.
This new way of thinking and praying made a huge difference–in me!–and it got me to thinking about how God has been teaching me to pray for my children.
Life with preschoolers can certainly drive us to our knees. The question is, what are we praying? Are they surface level prayers? Are we pleading to God to just get us through the next 10 minutes?
One passage of Scripture that has helped me to pray for my children in a more focused way is Luke 2:52,
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
Sunday–Their Salvation. We pray that our children would come to Jesus Christ as Savior through repentance and faith at the earliest possible age.
Monday–Their Education. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and understanding.” Proverbs 1:7. We pray that God would give us wisdom as we teach our children, and that they would eagerly receive instruction.
Tuesday–Their Physical Growth and Health. We pray that the LORD would continue to care for and protect our little one’s physical bodies, that they might be healthy and strong for His service.
Wednesday–Their Obedience. We pray that God would teach our children to obey and honor us, their parents, for His sake. (Ephesians 6:1)
Thursday–Their Relationships. We pray that our little ones would learn to love their neighbors, including those in their own household, as they love themselves. We pray that He would bless them with close, loving relationships within their families and the Body of Christ, and that He would teach them to show His love to those who do not know Him.
Friday–Their Protection. We pray that God would place his hedge of protection around our children, and that He would keep the Evil One far away from them.
Saturday–Their Purpose. None of us know what our children will grow up to be. We pray that God would use our children mightily in His Kingdom–that the would be His faithful, lifelong servants–and that He would make His calling on their lives clear to them.
**I noticed this morning, as I went to post this, that this week’s project At the Well is praying for our children! Their list is different, and definitely worth considering.**
By His Grace,


Mrs. John Jennings, Jr. said...

My children are all grown, we home schooled them though high school and beyond. When I first started prayer was new to me and it was hard to know what to pray, so I did the prayers others suggested. As God matured my understanding the oppotunities for prayer became a natural outbirth of faith and understanding God's way and will. In my younger days God had a lot to overcome being raised by a faminist and abusive home life before that. There was much God had to heal and remove from my mindset. As He mature my understanding prayers became easier and we can learn as Paul admonish us to pray always. One thing I will leave you with, we cannot often see the prayers' effects but given time God has answered every prayer. It was the patience part that I still have to get down. It is still hard to wait on the Lord. Read the book of Job, he was not without his complaints, yet God called him faithful because he did not curse God and turn away. Hang on to the promises even if like Abraham they do seem long in coming.

Teri Miller said...

This is a great list - a way to stay organized & focused. I've been surprised as my children grow into young adults, with how I'm hit to pray for their spouses...my children also, out there somewhere. I find myself weeping with love & joy as I pray for Caleb's wife - somewhere - my daughter!

Dakota said...

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Have a blessed day!

In Christ,

Moira said...

Great post!! In this day and age we for sure need to be praying parents!
I read a book called "Power of a Praying Parent" and like it "Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian many years ago. They really helped me with understanding alot of things pertaining to prayer and gave me direction. I have been praying ever since, and I know that it has made and incredible impact in our family! Thanks for sharing!

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