Do you take time every day to pray over your children? Do you cover your kids with prayer?
If your answer is “no” hear this loudly… without your covering, you are literally leaving their lives to chance. As parents, we cannot leave it to Sunday School, Christian schools or Grandma Jean to bathe them in prayer.
No one will pray as fervently for your children as you will, so become a praying parent! Prayer has great power and no limits. Prayer goes where you can’t go. Because of that, it’s hands-down the most effective resource you have as a parent.
So pray audacious and BIG prayers!
Keep these in mind:
- Ask God to work in powerful ways… ways beyond what you can do as a parent.
- Don’t waste your time praying broad, vague, safe prayers. Say what you want with boldness and clarity!
- Make sure your prayers never contradict biblical principles.
- Check your motives! Are you seeking something for God’s glory or your own self-promotion?
- By praying for your children, you are laying a strong foundation for their lives (Godly character, obedience, healthy fear of God, Bible knowledge, hearing God, etc.)
Here are some ideas on what to pray:
- Pray for their daily lives (protection, Godly friends, respect for authority, etc.)
- Ask God to help their spiritual development so they will love God and hate sin.
- Pray for God to reveal their purpose and that they will fully embrace it.
- Ask God to prepare your kids to function as healthy young adults (trust God not people or things, have strong character, be financially responsible and be relationally mature).
- Pray for their spiritual inheritance knowing that entails you avoiding sin and making faithful choices that will leave a legacy of blessing.
- Ask God to make you a good role model! Your kids will notice if you pray, if you read your Bible and if you serve others.
As a mother or father, you have spiritual authority over your children. And when you pray for them… it never falls flat.
I know people who have been praying for their children since before they were even conceived. These parents have been faithful to being on their knees and interceding for their kids in all areas of life. They know that while all answers are not immediate, they will be answered in God’s perfect timing according to His will.
One of the most important things we can do for our children is pray for them. It’s our privilege and responsibility as parents.
Look, we can’t be perfect parents… but we can be praying parents. I wonder… do you cover your kids (no matter how old they are) every day?