As a young child I remember my mom kneeling at her bed side everyday and I would sit by her and listen to her words of desperate need to her creator. She would say:
“Lord, I pray over my children in your Son’s holy powerful name, who’s name is above all name. I pray my daughter’s have a heart for discipline, a need for you. I pray that you may surround them with people who will lead them closer to you. I pray that you may deliver them from evil, but if they must learn the hard way I ask Lord that you are merciful and use everything for their good as you have promised.”
Prayer has great power and as parents we have that power and responsibility unto our children.
Prayer is in deed powerful and important. I find myself praying the same words with the same desperate need for God to move in my children. Just like my mother. As parents we need to make prayer as important as breathing. We should feel fire in our souls to earnestly pray for our children who are so in need of a savior. Jesus prayed, he obviously thought it was important. He set the example and we should follow.
In Jesus name through prayer people were healed, people were free from evil spirits, people were saved from their sins, people rose from the dead. Wow, that is amazing to think we have the same spirit with in us. God is faithful and listens to our prayers about our children and I can tell you this is true. By personal experience.
I have a heart for discipline, I have a need for God. I am surrounded by people who point me towards Jesus. God delivered me from evil, and I understood that, the hard way and in his grace he used all that for my good. Remember my moms prayer? Everything she begged the Lord in humble submission was heard.
James 5:16 “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
Or a righteous mother and father.
Prayer is essential to living and breathing as a follower of Christ, here are some things we pray for our daughters. You can add some of these to your prayers or feel free to share with me what you pray.
We pray in Jesus name that…
- our children will choose to follow him.
- our children may accept him as their savior.
- our children may be filled with the Holy Spirit (even at a young age).
- our children may be sensitive to the Holy Spirits convictions and comfort.
- our children may be an example to other children.
- our children may be bold for his word to be shared.
- our children may not be easily influence by the world.
- our children may have discernment.
- our children may be cover and protected by Jesus from head to toe.
- our children may be brave and stand up for what they believe in.
- our children may come to repentance quickly.
- our children may have a heart for accepting discipline.
- they forgive, love and be an example.
- they use their gift’s and talent’s for God.
- that they may get caught when they do wrong in God’s eyes, a way to learn.
- that they may be able to resist temptation of being IN the world but not OF the world.
I know this seems like a long “list” of prayer but blessing our children as they wake up and as they close their eyes with prayer is rest to their soul, even if they don’t know it or see it now. We have a God who is always listening. I have seen first hand the power of prayer in MY life through my parents prayers. There is power in the name of Jesus and there is power in the words we speak. We have a great father who waits for us to kneel in his presence and pray for the wisdom to raise our children in him. If we pray for wisdom , the word of God says he will give it to us. If we ask in prayer for help to train up our children in him, he will. If we ask in prayer to fulfill his promises for our children, through our obedience …he will!
1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.
That means our children too. They are not just cute little people, they are souls, who reach a time of their life’s where they must choose if they will follow the God of their parents or something else. Reminds me of the Israelites. However they chose idols over God for many many years.
When we pray for our children, God sees our desperate heart and is compelled to lean his heart to us.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. — 1 John 5:14
Won’t you pray along side me? To pray for our children’s soul?
I am so thankful we have a great father in heaven who hears our pleading, let us embrace it and use it sisters.
Much love, Ana Nelson