This mothering thing sometimes makes me wonder if I’m messing up. My own sweet mother wants to know why I let my son pierce his ear or why on earth I’d help my daughter dye her hair red. My son wants to know why he can’t get a tattoo.
My husband and I both wonder what kind of lasting spiritual impact we’re leaving on our children.
Last week I wrote about encouraging life-long faith in our kids. In six months, we’ll send our son off to college, and we wonder how he’ll live out his beliefs without us. I try to be the best parent I can be, but sometimes I don’t know what to do. So many questions and decisions.
I do know this.
The most powerful thing a parent can do is pray.
When my kids were little, I prayed for them every night as I tucked them into bed. I still do that when I can manage to stay up later than they do! Now we pray together at breakfast. I also keep their names on my prayer list. Lately, God has sparked me to jot down a specific request to pray for them each day of the week.
Today I’m sharing seven things I’m asking God for on behalf of my children.
7 Ways to Pray for Our Kids
Sunday: Relationship with God
Lord, I pray that your presence would be real to my kids. Make your home in their hearts. Fill them with your Holy Spirit and with a deep sense of your love for them.
Monday: Love for God’s Word
Lord, I pray that my kids would love your Word, that they would read it, hear your voice through it, and seek to live it out.
Tuesday: Self Esteem
Heavenly Father, give my kids a sense of being fearfully and wonderfully made. May they know that in Christ, they bear your stamp of approval. Give my husband and I grace to communicate unconditional love and worth to them.
Wednesday: God First
Over any relationship, hobby, or technological gadget, may my children give you first place in their hearts, Jesus. May pleasing you be more important to them than pleasing their friends.
Father, help them live with integrity based on obedience to your Word. Give them soft, repentant hearts, and make them transparent when they fail.
Friday: Equipped to Follow God’s Call
Lord, would you give my children a clear sense of your call on their lives as they grow and develop? Would you use their studies to equip them to follow and serve you?
Saturday: Godly Friends and a Christian Spouse
Father, bless my kids with friends who will influence them positively, and make my children an encouragement to others as well. Give them Christian mates who will encourage their faith.
Will you join me this week in praying for our kids? We may not have this mothering thing down. We might mess up sometimes, but that’s okay. Prayer is the most powerful thing a parent can do.
Now it’s your turn: What do you ask God for when you pray for your children?
Linking up today with Holly Barrett’s #TestimonyTuesday, Kelly Balarie’s #RaRaLinkup, Holley Gerth’s Coffee for your Heart, and Jennifer Dukes Lee’s Tell His Story. and Meredith Bernard’s #Woman2Woman.