Praying for Your Children

7
Jun
2012


I will be the first to admit that I am not fulfilling my duty to pray for my children like I know I should.  So do not take this post as one to make you feel any guilt if you fall into the same category.  What this post is meant to do is really to ignite a spark on the importance your role is as a prayer warrior for your children.

Your prayers do matter and have mighty power in God’s eyes.

Praying for Your Children’s Salvation

Their salvation is so great a prize that it is worth all the pains which your prayer to secure it for them may cost you.

Begin with a decision to take the time to pray for your children.

This sounds simple, but it takes follow-through and commitment. When it comes to prayer, there is no substitute for time, and writing a well-crafted prayer for each child takes extra effort. But you will find that it’s well worth it.  Try keeping a small journal just for prayers regarding your children, or write them out on 3 X5 cards and keep them together in a file box.  You can write on the opposite side of the card when/how prayers are answered.

Few will pray for them if you do not.

Though we are commanded to intercede for all men (1 Tim. 2:1), few engage in this duty as they should. When it is done, those who are prayed for are often those who are considered important in the Church’s or the world’s estimation.  I know your children are important to you, so don’t let a busy schedule and seemingly ‘no time’ lead to a lack of follow through.

No one else can pray for them as you do.

The genuine love you have for your children, the tenderness you feel for them and your knowledge of their make-up, needs and problems, qualify you to plead with God on their behalf with an urgency and earnestness which can take no refusal. When God wants to convince us of his willingness to hear prayer, he bases his argument on his parental love:

Do not consider only your children’s salvation but pray also for your children’s welfare.

You may then expect, as a result of your prayers, that the power of God will counteract in some measure the evil you have done them.

There will be critical periods in their lives when without your incessant prayers, offered with reference to such times, they may be left to act most unwisely if not disastrously.

Pray for them in the momentous decisions concerning matters such as their future career and possible marriage. Do not put off praying over these because they might be in the distant future. Consider, you may not be alive when they face these decisions.  I love hearing about parents who have been praying for years for the future spouse of their child, I want to be one of those!

Additional resources: Bob Hostetler’s website which covers, 31 Ways to Pray for Your Children.

While They Are Sleeping: 12 Character Traits to Pray for the Children You Love by Ann Arkins, Gary Harrell and Barbara Rainey

Write down your children’s names and write one thing you can pray daily for them. 

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  • So glad that this met you where you were at today. What a blessing your group has been for you during this season, I pray you will find another special group of ladies in your next “spot”.

  • Sadie McCurry

    Dear Susan,

    I cannot tell you just how timely this particular post came to me. The funny thing is, I rarely read blogs. There are several blogs that I love to skim and collect recipes and craft ideas, but I rarely read through actual posts. So, I believe that God really wanted me to read your post.
    I am part of a small group of ladies who get together once a week to pray for our children. We have a box that we keep slips of paper with our children’s names on them and after saying our formal prayers and reading scripture, we take the names out of the box and pray for each child’s specific needs.
    I love this group of ladies. But, we are an Army family and will be moving in two weeks. I have been really sad to leave this group, but reading your post reminded me that I can continue to pray for these children as well as my own. I LOVED the idea of the 3×5 cards. I will probably use them for praying for my friends’ children as well as my own. That way, we can remember what to pray for, specifically.
    Anyway, I am rambling. But I wanted you to know how timely and perfect your post was for me this morning.
    Blessings to you and your children!

    Sadie McCurry

  • Susan –
    Thank you for your post, and your honesty. It helps me to know I’m not alone in falling short. Also it was inspiring to hear to pray for our children in their future careers and marriage, even if it is many years in the future. I love the idea to write out our prayers, I find I can put words together better on paper than outloud.

    Ashley

  • Thank you for being the inspiration that God needed you to be. I love the 3×5 index card idea. That would be something cool to be able to hand down to our children when they have their own babies.

  • Being prayer warriors for our children is such an important role for us to fulfill as mothers. Thank you for the resources you mentioned here. I also really like Stormie Omartian’s book, The Power of a Praying Parent; it really covers just about every area a parent might want to cover in prayer for their children. Elizabeth George’s A Mom After God’s Own Heart also really emphasizes a mother’s role in praying for her children.

  • Becky

    Great post! And I encourage all moms to check out the Moms In Prayer ministry (www.momsinprayer.org) where moms gather to pray for their children and their schools for one hour each week. The testimonies are amazing!!! Check out the site and start a group for your child’s school if there isn’t one already set up!

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