My daughter loves to pray. Even at three years old, she is a prayer warrior. If she sees you have an “owie” she is quick to ask if she can pray for it. Then she’ll place her small hand gently on your “owie” and pray a sweet little prayer asking Jesus to heal it. If you’re lucky, the prayer is followed by a tender kiss on your sore spot.
There have been many times we will be driving somewhere and I will hear her little voice in the backseat talking to Jesus. “Jesus, will you help Judah find his marble. He lost it and that makes him sad.” She prays with a timid, quiet voice, but with a belief that Jesus is there and he cares about what is going on in her life. Oh, that I might encourage her in this!
One of the things I love most about prayer is the knowledge that my prayers are eternal. God won’t quit answering the prayers I’ve prayed the moment I die as if my existence on earth is essential to Him providing an answer. He doesn’t need me to witness the answer.
This knowledge provides comfort to this momma. I don’t know about you, but I have moments when I worry about what will happen to my children when I die. It is comforting to know that I can pray for them – their care, character, future, etc. knowing that God will be answering those prayers, working in their lives long after I am gone.
We see this truth about prayer in Jesus’ own life. One of the last things Jesus does before his death on the cross is pray for his disciples and those of us who will follow him later. He knows he is about to die yet he takes time to pray. He must know that his death is inconsequential to God’s answering of those prayers.
So, we know that prayer is important, but have you ever felt at a loss as to what to pray?
A dear friend of mine once shared with me the beauty and power of praying Scripture. There are many times we don’t know the words to pray, but when we pray using God’s Word as our guide we can know that we are praying God’s truth over our children and we are praying His will for them.
Here’s an example. We might pray Joshua 1:9 which says,
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We might take this passage and pray:
Father, thank you that You are my son’s strength. Help him to be strong and unafraid to do hard things whether it’s learning to read or helping a neighbor. Help him to follow You with courage. Don’t let him live in fear, but with great faith that You go before him and are taking care of him. And when he is discouraged, encourage him and inspire me with ways to encourage him also. And in all things, may he know that You are with him wherever he goes. Let that knowledge bring him great peace and strength. Amen.
This month I am committing to pray Galatians 5:22-23 over my whole family (Momma sure needs these Fruit of the Spirit as I parent). I have even written it on an index card to tape to my bathroom mirror so I have it before me to pray as I get ready in the morning.
The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this.
Is there a verse on your mind to pray for your children, or entire family during this month or season? How might you remind yourself to pray that verse for them? Perhaps we can even teach our children to pray this verse themselves! Any ideas on how we might do that?
Father God, thank you that You are not a distant God, but that we can come to You confidently knowing that You hear our prayers and care. Equip us to know how best to pray for our children and families. If there is a Scripture we should focus on, bring it to our minds. And we know in all things You answer our prayers in the way that is best. Let Your will be done in our lives. Amen.