The other day I had a terrible headache that just would not go away. I was sitting on the couch, watching a movie with my son, feeling absolutely miserable. It didn’t help that we were watching Iron Man 3 with the surround sound bass booming! No amount of medicine was working and my son could tell I was struggling. Instead of ignoring my misery, he stopped the movie, plopped himself down beside me, wrapped his arms around me and asked, “Mom, can I pray for you?” He proceeded to not just pray that my headache would go away but he thanked God for me with the most sweetest, heart-felt words a boy could ever say to his God about his momma. Wow!! What a blessing it was to be prayed for with purpose and passion by my boy.
Over the years, there have been countless times I have been at a loss of words and answers when it comes to parenting my boys. I have had no other recourse but to cry out to God in desperation for wisdom! There have been other times where I have had to storm the gates of heaven on behalf of my children…praying for God’s protection, guidance and provision over their lives. In those moments of vulnerability, my children have seen me cry out to God and oftentimes grab their hands and take whatever our issue is before the Father (who already happens to know the answer).
Prayer is powerful and it is necessary. It is also an incredible tool in parenting our kids. The Bible tells us that we should seek God daily and he will answer our prayers.
Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.
1 Samuel 1:27
There are so many things we can pray for our children. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Protection from temptation and danger (Romans 8:13)
A desire to live God’s way (Matthew 5:6)
To forgive quickly (Luke 6:37)
A heart that desires to obey (John 15:14)
A sense of purpose (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Break down ungodly strongholds threatening my child (Matthew 10:26)
A godly thought life (Romans 8:6)
Make choices for purity (Psalm 24:3-5)
A truthful heart (3 John 4)
Choose friends wisely (Proverbs 12:26)
Remember, when you pray for your children, God hears and moves in incredible ways in their lives. You are also modelling to them the importance of placing God at the centre of your life. It doesn’t have to be a flashy prayer…it just needs to be real. God loves that. Your kids will see that. And…God will move in ways you never imagined!
About the Author: stephanie holmberg
Stephanie is a wife, mother, pastor, and friend who is passionate about seeing people live authentic, purpose-filled lives. When not working alongside her amazing kidmin team, you will find her at home spending time with her family, snuggling her furry friend Milo, or out exploring all the amazing places Edmonton has to offer.