“Can you pray for me to be good at football when you do your Bible study?”
“Can you pray for my tooth to come out when you go to bed?”
“Can you pray for my green buggers to go away?”
“Can you pray for me to do good at school?”
These are phrase that I hear quite often coming from my children. They are always coming to me with different prayer request needs that they have.
They know their Mama is praying for them. They know they can ask me to pray about anything near and dear to their little hearts and that I will do it. Even if it may seem trivial to me as an adult I know that it is big deal in their little world.
Teaching them that prayer is essential in our lives is so important to me. It warms my heart to hear one of them say, “we need to pray about THAT” when they see or hear something. many times when we see an ambulance, police car or fire truck rushing past us one of my kids will request that we stop and pray right then for that emergency. I love that prayer is their first defense as children and I hope to continue to instill this behavior in their lives as they age.
Mamas, we need to be praying.
We need to be praying for our marriage, our husbands, and our children. Every single day. Satan is on the attack more than ever to tear down Christianity in America and one way to fight against him is to be on our knees diligently praying for our family to remain strong and faithful. There is power in power!
Praying for our children needs to be one of the most important things that we do for them as we raise them. We need to not take it too lightly or give up because it’s a hard habit to form. We shouldn’t be waiting until their teenagers as if their life doesn’t really starts for them until that point. There are many battles to be won in the toddler and preschool ages as well! We need to be praying consistently from the time they are born. We need to make it a priority. We need to persevere.
We can be training them as best we know how and living out the Christian values we want for them to own for themselves one day but our greatest impact on their spiritual lives will be fought in our prayer closet.
When I was a teenager, the pastor of our church at the time preached a message on 12 things parents need to be praying for for their children. Yes, I took notes! I knew I’d have kids one day so I knew they would come in handy at some point. And they sure have! I pray these 12 things over my children almost daily. I hope you will begin doing so as well.
12 Prayers to Pray Over Your Children
- To know Christ as their Savior.
- To really love the Lord and walk with God (not just Sundays!).
- Develop a love for the Bible.
- Develop Christian character.
- Develop Biblical convictions and standard for their lives.
- Submit to God; resist satan.
- Submit to parents and authority.
- Single-hearted – willing to do anything for God.
- Desire the right kind of friends.
- Kept from the wrong mate and be willing to wait
- Stay pure until marriage.
- Not only to have a desire but that they WILL serve the Lord.
When my children ask me to pray about something that I have already on my list they get so smiley knowing that I am already praying for that. For example, being kind and obedient. Those are daily requests, amen?? This simple act makes them feel special. It makes them feel loved.
I don’t know about you but just knowing that my husband or someone else is praying for me makes me feel special, more loved and more important to them. The fact that they care enough about me to take time to pray to God the Father on my behalf is such a blessing. I want my children to experience those feelings.
I never want them to forget that I am faithfully praying over their lives. If they were to ever stray from the fold of God, I hope that the memory of me praying over them will somehow have a greater impact on them and perhaps bring them home. Recently, I was encouraged by an article from my friend Melanie, she tells a story of a mother who has prayed for her wayward son for 30 years and how she won’t stop until he comes back to Jesus. That is powerful. I pray that I too will be a prayer warrior on my children’s behalf.
The battle for our children’s spiritual lives starts when they’re born and may never stop for as long as we live. Being a Mama is an important job, we rock the cradle of the next generation. Let’s raise them up to be strong warriors for Christ!
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Your turn! Are you praying faithfully for your children? Do see the importance of praying for their spirituality? Do you have prayer requests you like for me to pray for? I’d love to pray for you!
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