I bet you’ve prayed for yours too.
But as mine have become young adults my prayers has changed. They no longer live within the confines of the playpen, with me making the decisions about what they’ll wear and what they’ll eat. Now that they can think on their own and make their own decisions, my prayers for them are that their hearts be one with God. Focused more on intrinsic desire and spiritual motivation, I know that my “wants” for them ultimately have to be their “wants” for themselves. So the words of my prayers have changed but the urgency remains the same.
I’ve also come to realize that I’m it…I’m the one.
Sure, my husband, friends and family lift up my child in prayer but the intense pleas for my offspring come mostly from my heart and my mouth.
It’s my knees that are worn out… crying out to God on behalf of my child.
Many tears shed.
And for YOUR child? Those prayers come from YOU.
There is no other woman praying for your child like YOU. That’s right…nowhere in this entire universe is there another woman praying for your child with all the love and passion that you have… the mom.
Here are powerful prayers to pray.
Put your child’s name (no matter the age) in the blanks and pray daily.
(This first prayer was prayed by King David for his son Solomon before he built the temple.)
And give my son/daughter ______________________, a loyal heart to keep your commands and your testimonies, and your statutes, to do all these things.
II Chronicles 29:19
Open _____________________eyes to see what You want her/him to see.
I pray that ___________________ will know Your specific plan for her/his life. May her/his conversation, character, and conduct, reveal obedience to You. I pray he/she will live in a manner worthy of Jesus Christ. I pray he/she will bear the fruit of the spirit and influence the world one person at a time. I pray ____________________ will study the Bible, apply what it says, and grow closer to You every day. I pray he/she will recognize the connection between her decisions to obey and disobey You and the consequences or blessings that result. I pray __________________will realize his/her helplessness and rely on Your strength. I pray she/he will remember to give thanks to You and to trust You. I pray that hardships will develop a deeper character. In the name of Jesus, I pray.
Prayer based on Colossians 1:7-14
Pray a non-judgmental prayer since we don’t know what God’s plans are for our children and what He is teaching them at every moment:
“I pray ____________________will hate what You hate and love what You love.”
Now put YOUR name in the following blanks:
But you, _____________________, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work will be rewarded.
II Chronicles 15:7
That same verse in the NIV reads: But you, __________________, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
Pour out your heart like water, ________________, for the life of your child(ren).
Your effectual, fervent prayer, _________________, avails much!
The following verse is my personal prayer and I have it framed on my table beside my Bible:
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4
I framed my children’s pictures with these verses in a collage-type frame. Recently I added my granddaughter’s picture. This, too, sits on the table beside my Bible. It’s a visual reminder to continually pray.
Additionally, I use a journal to record their specific prayer requests. Some of these prayers are prayers for the year, for example, choosing a college, finishing his senior project, good grades in school, and good friends. Others are specific to the day or week, for example, taking a biology test that day, or a friendship problem.
Yes, it’s a prayer—and the most awesome responsibility and privilege to come before the Almighty, Creator of everything from roses to canyons, completely powerful with only His spoken word. And yet, He is so mindful of the concerns and fears of mothers that He graciously opens His arms and invites us to come talk…cry…pray…on behalf of our little and not so little children. What an honor!
And about all those tears? You’ll love this…..
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping it will become a place of refreshing springs where pools of blessing collect after the rain!
Psalm 84:6 NLT