In October 1985, I found myself at Cypress Christian School* in Cypress, Texas where my daughter attended a once-a-week Mother’s Day Out program. It was there I picked up a sheet of paper that changed my life and more importantly the life of my children. At the time, I had a 3-year old daughter, a 1-year old son, and I was pregnant with my third child. This mimeographed page became my guide for how to pray for my children. These guidelines have been written in my Bibles, copied for friends, stored in my computer, and more importantly prayed over.
This week I just feel led to share these with you. While I don’t know what your particular situation is or how old your children are, these guidelines may be the one thing that steers you to focus on praying for your newborn, preschooler, elementary age child, pre-teen, teenager and even older. When addressing the Lord over the years, some of the prayers below have been more important than others. For example, when my children were young, I would pray #1 mightily. When they were teenagers, I would pray #12 continually; and all through their life I would pray #9. Praying #3 is a little scary now that they are all adults, but hopefully by praying this when they were little, there is little chance of being in a precarious situation.
But, here is the deal. Praying God’s Word and protection for your children is essential in training them and fostering a healthy and God-centered life. When we become parents, we are in it for the long haul, so no matter what the age of your children, never stop praying for those whom God has given you care over whether they are your own children, your step-children, your God-children, or any child God has entrusted into your care. And remember, praying for your children does not stop once your children become adults. Parenting and praying is a lifetime commitment.
And, if you haven’t been praying for your children, it is not too late. I implore you to start now cultivating a Godly character in your children and their children through your prayers.
- That they will know Christ as Savior early in life. Psalm 63:1; 2 Timothy 3:15.
- That they will have a hatred for sin. Psalm 97:10.
- That they will be caught when guilty. Psalm 119:71.
- That they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional, and physical. John 17:15.
- That they will have a responsible attitude in all their interpersonal relationships. Daniel 6:3.
- That they will respect those in authority over them. Romans 13:1.
- That they will desire the right kinds of friends and be protected from the wrong friends. Proverbs 1:10, 11.
- That they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one. 2 Corinthians 6:14-17.
- That they, as well as those they marry; will be kept pure until marriage. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
- That they will learn to totally submit to God and actively resist Satan in all circumstances. James 4:7.
- That they will be single-hearted – willing to be sold out to Jesus. Romans 12:12.
- That they will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them. Hosea 2:6
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV [Praying always]
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2 ESV [Continue in prayer]
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV [Pray without ceasing]
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12 ESV [Continue steadfastly in prayer]
Dear Heavenly Father, let me always remember to pray for my children and those under my care. Give them protection, security, and love as they mature and grow into the person You want them to be. Nurture their character so they will be honest, good, and sensitive to your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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