Too many parents idolize their children. They are unable to see their children for the sinners they really are. When they get into trouble they are quick to blame everyone else but the child. Let’s not underestimate our children’s capacity to sin especially in their hearts (a place we cannot see).We need to discipline them appropriately so that they may stand before God with confidence on judgement day. We also need to pray for them daily, interceding for them, setting them apart to God in prayer. Let’s pray God-sized prayers for our children, not mere comfort prayers like, “O Lord, keep them safe and prosper them.” Instead, let’s be bold in consecrating them, saying, “Oh God, take our children and use them however you desire.” May we be willing to offer our children to God’s service!
(You can read part 1 here)
Praying for my children gives me a sense of security. I know that I am returning to the creator and He alone is able to deal with any ‘’malfunctions’’ that may occur. Look at it this way; you buy a car from Toyota. When you need to take your car for servicing or when it starts to give you problems, do you go to Nissan or back to Toyota? Obviously you take it back to the manufacturer. That’s the only way you’ll be able to drive out of that garage with confidence, knowing that your car has been well taken care of.
Likewise we should take it to the Lord ( the manufacturer) in prayer. Pray for your children all the time. Don’t wait until there’s a problem to start calling on God to fix things. Praying every day for my children is my way of taking them for service even as I do to my car on a regular basis. I leave them at school with a smile knowing that they’re safe. How? I prayed for them and with them before they left the house.
You know, my 3Js are as different as chalk and cheese. Jade is outgoing and like adventure. Joseph is laid back and likes indoors. And the princess, Jemimah is so talkative, you wont believe she is not yet 5years. Having different personalities means having different character traits and behaviours. Our children have different strengths and weaknesses, struggles and temptations. So I have to pray for each of them according to their needs. I cannot pray one blanket prayer for them all. I need to be prayer specific. I find that when I pray for them individually, naming them I am more at rest and at peace. It’s okay to make a blanket prayer for protection, wisdom and good health for our children. But we need to be specific when praying for them.
PRAYER POINTERS FOR YOUR CHILDREN
Pray that they will…
- Enjoy their God-given life.
- Learn and grow.
- Have God’s wisdom to handle life’s challenges.
- Pursue a personal relationship with Christ.
- Learn from their mistakes.
- God will be their guide.
- God will help them love who He has created them to be.
- God’s glory will permeate their lives.
Pray for their future…
Don’t wait for a crisis to pray for your children. You have an opportunity to give them a gift by taking their current and future needs to God. Having a child is like walking around with your heart outside your body. Do the best you can to protect it. Make prayer your daily bread