How often do you pray for your kids?
“Well…I pray with my child every night before he goes to bed, and before I go to bed. We also pray as a family at most meal times.”
But going in and really praying FOR your child would sometimes include just time with you and the Lord, don’t you think?
Going in before Him and interceding on behalf of your child should take higher priority in THIS mama’s heart and probably most mother’s hearts. God wants to give us things… but He does ask for one thing…
TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM
What is it that Jesus says that God requires of us? Check out Matthew Chapter 7.
God loves your children. He wants good things for them! Jesus, sitting on a hillside in Jerusalem, described prayer as simply asking our Father. He compares our relationship to God to that of a child asking his earthly father for bread. “Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will you give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM” (Matthew 7:10-11). WOW! Those last five words are a doozy! To those who ask Him. Will you ask God for a miracle in your child?
I love my toddler and wish that I could totally envelop him in love and could devote 24/7 prayer to both his upcoming childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
HE’S WORTHY OF PRAISE
When Jesus gave his example for prayer, it started with praise “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done…” so I started each prayer with a praise related to an aspect of God that is relatable to each prayer item.
I created this list so that you could pray one for each day of the week. Consider printing this list out and putting it by your bedside table.
7 Prayers for 7 Days
- God, may Your will be done. Please help teach my child that the best life is one that is totally committed to Christ. I pray that they would seek you with their whole heart. I pray that their name would be added to the Book of Life. Please help me teach my kids that they should “present their bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to You’ and that they would not be ‘conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of their mind, that by testing they may discern what Your will is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
- God, you are holy. Help make my child more like You every day. Please help my child produce the fruit of the spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” -Galatians 5:22-23
- Father, Help my child to be compassionate for the other members of their family, as well as friends, school, community, and church. Help me show my child ways to see others as more important than self. I pray that my child would “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God”- Micah 6:8
- God of light, protect my child from darkness. Keep them from spiritual attacks and from the temptation to give in to sin. Help me guide my child in the correct way. I pray that my child would “be strong in the Lord and… take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day… the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace, and the shield of faith.” -Ephesians 6:10-17
- God, you are on Your throne. You are good. Almighty God, I pray that my child would “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1. I pray that my child would respect the authority above them, including me as a parent, as well as their school, church, and government authority. Thank you for placing authority above us to protect us.
- Father, you spoke Creation into existence and you were right when you said it was good. I pray that my child would “work heartily, as if they are working for You, and not for men.” Colossians 3:23. Help me teach my child a strong work ethic so that it may all glorify your name.
- Father, you are perfect and good to us. Help me raise my kids to be gentle, courteous, and obedient. Help me to “remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to shoe perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1-2.
Does that seem unachievable? It shouldn’t! You’re here because you trust your children to God. He is doing amazing things in so many people’s lives… and Jesus Himself said “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
What do you think?
Do you intercede for your children daily? Do you think that it would impact them?