Praying for Your Children

As a Christian parent, one of the most effective ways that you can influence the faith of your child(ren) is through prayer.  Believe it or not, the simple act of praying to God about your child is a great way to bring about any necessary changes, or reinforce the steadfastness that they already experience.  If you aren’t quite sure on how to pray for your child, here are a few steps to get you started.

Step 1:  Get Organized

Prayer is most effective when it is done on regularly.  One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by organizing your thoughts.  For example, many prayerful parents have a notebook, divided into seven sections, one for each day of the week.  In each section, write your child’s name, and what you feel you should pray about, as well as any insights given to you during your conversations with God.  Remember to do this for each child.

Step 2:  Pay Attention to What Your Child Needs

As a parent, you know that the needs of your child will change just as much as they change.  They are growing and evolving into adults, and your prayer life can be an important part of who and what they become.  Therefore, it is important to make sure that your prayers for them are targeted and reflect their needs at the time. For example, you may be wondering what kinds of activities and events you can involve the kids in for the summer that will keep them engaged, but that won’t overwhelm them.   Consider your options carefully, and bring your thoughts and feelings to God in prayer today.  By the time the summer months come around, God will have provided some insight into what your child truly needs.

We are currently struggling with what to do for our son’s Kindergarten next year.  We have several options available to us, but we don’t know where the best fit for him would be.  I am praying and waiting on the Lord to reveal to us where BugBuddy should go.

Step 3:  Pray from Scripture

Be prepared to face days when you just don’t know what or how to pray.  Perhaps the day itself has been trying, or the subject matter is too complicated to put into words.  When these times arise, the best course of action to take is to use one of the many prayers contained within the Bible that fits your situation.  Prayers found in Ephesians 1:17-19, and Philippians 1:9-11 and the Book of Psalms are some beautiful and vibrant examples.

I often find myself just crying out to God for help – just “Please, God, help me (us, my child, etc)!”.  He knows your needs without you having to go into detail, if you are unable to at that time.

By being consistent, paying attention to their true needs, and using scripture, you can create an amazing prayer life on behalf of your child.  With regular, honest prayer, you will see the fruits of your efforts before you know it.

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