Sometimes I dread the nighttime routine with my kids.
My 10 and 11 year old are at the age where they can get ready for bed on their own. I don’t have to hover to keep them focused on the task at hand. Nope. That part is pretty easy.
Where I struggle to keep Momma-Zilla under wraps is at prayer time.
Here’s how it looks on any given night:
The four of us gather in my daughter’s room, and Wayne leads off with blessings he’s written for each kid.
One cat begins to stalk the hamster, making its cage lurch sideways as she jumps at it. The other cat is desperate for love, and isn’t shy to ask for it. Demands it, actually.
Someone gets the giggles. Another farts… multiple times. Frequently on someone’s head. More giggles (often from me, because for some reason certain “noises” crack me up).
One loses focus as they catch their reflection in the mirror. The other is contorting their body in ways I’ve never mastered (or tried, for that matter).
Someone wants a back scratch and the other remembers homework they forgot to do.
And 30 minutes later… because it takes that long these days… I’m struggling to keep my cool.
Oh. My. Stars.
Can’t we just have a “normal” night of prayer?
Just the other day, my daughter said to me, “Mom, I love our prayer time at night as a family. It’s fun to talk to God together. It’s one of my favorite times of the day.”
Her comment made me realize we see that time very differently.
Honestly, I want my kids to enjoy talking to God. I want them to know that we aren’t praying to a “stuffy” God with oppressive rules of engagement.
I want prayer time to be a highlight of their day… even if it gets a little nutty.
Without a doubt, praying with our kids is important.
But praying for them is essential.
If we aren’t praying for our kids every day, there’s a good chance no one else is. And that’s a risk we cannot afford to take.
Of all the weapons in our parenting arsenal, prayer is the most powerful. God hears us when we raise our voices to Heaven.
But sometimes praying can be a source of frustration because we’re not sure we’re doing it… right.
We feel inadequate in our prayer life.
We struggle to find the perfect words.
I wrote this prayer book with those things in mind.
This book is designed to support you as you grow in confidence to become a powerful praying parent.
It offers 30 sample prayers on topics like…
– your child’s salvation
– their future spouse
– strength when tempted
– being courageous
– a heart for service
– how to pray over your child’s room
– and so much more.
Plus, scripture references are listed for each prayer.
And for a limited time, I’m offering this book… Raising Godly Kids: A Book of Prayers …FREE.
You can download the eBook here.
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Because… our children need parents who pray for them every day.
“You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a parent. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows. Your prayers for your children are the greatest legacy you can leave.” (Mark Batterson)
©2013 Carey Scott
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