Sorry, I haven’t been writing more often. I know, I know, there are some out there that have been waiting for the next posting with bated breath!!! Kidding.
The last two weeks have included a weekend retreat, my parents coming to town, and my blog getting moved from one location online to another one (a better one–like it? I think I will once I get used to it). So, with all of that and the fact that I’m writing reports for my part-time job, writing on the blog has been on the back burner lately. So, here we go! Let’s talk some more about praying for our children….
My mom is and has always been a prayer warrior. Whenever I call her about something going on in my life or my children’s lives, the first thing she offers to do after listening to me is to pray. So about a month ago, I asked her about her prayers for us when we were younger. Specifically, I asked her if she remembered seeing certain prayers answered in her children’s lives. Initially, she shared that she couldn’t remember specifics because raising five kids was kind of a blur now, but when she came out to visit this past week, she brought me something that she has used to pray for her children, her husband and herself. I’m going to share a section of her prayer list for the next three weeks starting with what she’s prayed for her children. Unfortunately her list doesn’t have a reference of where it came from. She thinks it was from a former pastor but wasn’t sure. So if anyone knows where this is from, let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. This is definitely I’m going to keep handy to use in my own prayer time!
As I’ve read through what my mom has used to pray for us over the years, I am struck by what is on this list. I see different aspects of these prayers being fulfilled in the lives of me and my siblings. The one that stuck out to me the most from my own life was #12. I have truly seen hedges of protection in my relationships and in the places I’ve gone. I do find it kind of funny that I’ve worked in high security correctional facilities and yet still clearly see the hedges. I’ve been protected whether at college, traveling overseas, and in the correctional facilities!
Thanks Mom for praying!
Ways to Pray for Your Children
1.) That they will know Christ as Savior early in life (Ps. 63:1, II Timothy 3:15).
2.) That they will have a hatred for sin and evil (Ps. 97:10).
3.) That they would be caught when guilty (Ps. 119:71).
4.) That they would be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives…spiritual, emotional, physical, etc. (Luke 2:52).
5.) That they will have a responsible attitude in all their interpersonal relationships (Dan. 6:3).
6.) That they will respect those in authority over them (Rom. 13:1).
7.) That they will desire the right kinds of friends and be protected from the wrong friends (Prov. 1:10-11).
8.) That they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one (II Corin. 6:18-20).
9.) That they, as well as those they marry, will be kept pure until marriage (I Cor. 6:18-20).
10.) That they will learn to totally submit to God and actively resist Satan in all circumstances (James 4:7).
11.) That they will be wholeheartedly sold out to serving Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:1-2).
12.) That they will be hedged in so that they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places, and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them (Hos. 2:6).
13.) That their children and grandchildren will know Christ as Savior and serve HIM with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matt. 22:37-38).
14.) That, when they leave home, it would be with an eternal perspective and Christ-like values and characteristics (Is. 40:8).
If you were to create a list similar to this, what verses or concepts would you include on your list? Does a list like this that is divided up by days of the week work for you? Would love to hear from you!