Praying for children is possible, lifelong, and changes history.
“Praying for my baby is hard,” she asked. “What can I say?”
“I”ve got two preschoolers. Who’s got time to pray?” shared a harried mom.
Another friend related stories about bullying in school.”I want to protect my children. Is prayer something I can use?”
I’ve asked that question all along the parenting journey. I still ask.
We raised three boys. The oldest is 26 and married. I’m still praying.
Long ago, I realized I needed help. Fortunately, I stumbled on the practical wisdom of Stormie Omartian. In The Power of a Praying Parent, she writes, “Our children’s lives don’t ever have to be left to chance.” Her practical daily approach and transparent sharing of successes and failures appealed to me.
She has been a great help to me. What did I learn? Some principles.
1. Model dependence on God.
If I am self sufficient and my children never hear me approach God for answers, consult Scripture for God’s ways (how to view the world and think His way), or ask wise people (those who know God and use His knowledge in situations) for help, then how can I expect my children to figure it out.
2. Pray Scripture
One of the best “pray-ers” using this principle is Stormie Omartian. She suggests taking the psalms or proverbs and “praying them back to God.” For instance, if your son is afraid of a new endeavor or first day of school, turn the fear into a chance for God to show up.
You and I can pray for our children in view of what God says, or even better, we can teach them how to use His words.
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid I will trust in You” can be turned into, “God, I feel afraid about starting this new class, but I want to trust You. Help me to trust You.”
3. Be aware of your children’s strengths and weaknesses.
Take everything to prayer, especially the strengths they have so they will be used positively. Take their weaknesses to prayer so the character traits which need molding can be examined, not ignored.
Let’s teach our children that weaknesses are given so the glory of God can shine through in our daily lives. So people will know it is God at work. Not us or our fine parenting.
While we are at it, let’s be aware of our own weaknesses so we can call on His strength. Ask God to keep our strengths from blinding us to our need for Him.
In an article from Institute in Basic Life Principles adapted from counselor Dr. Jim Logan, six areas of prayer are mentioned: dedication, blessing, parenting, intercession, as well as prayers against hateful anger, and for God’s protection. I learned prayer is possible about anything, everywhere, and can be as simple as a whisper.
Praying for children . . . while we play?
When I played with our children outside, I made up little songs to introduce them to God as Creator. Or I used our surroundings to draw attention to His “bigness” and power. On a recent trip with family to the beach, I had a chance to tell some great-nephews about God’s bigness. “He tells the water how far it can go.”
Don’t get tired of doing the right thing. It will pay off. Encourage one another while there is still time to change the world by praying for children.
How do you pray for your children? Had any experiences to share?