A Praying Mom – Part 1
This is Courtney here just to introduce a series and a friend.
We’re going to talk about
PRAYING FOR & WITH OUR KIDS
for one week.
Yep, there is that much to discuss.
I am so excited.
I believe God is alive and working and one of the biggest way we get to know Him and see Him and hear Him is through prayer.
Especially through consistent prayer for our kiddos.
I also believe we get to show our kids the TRUTH about His love for them
through praying WITH THEM.
So, let’s start with a GREAT, GREAT way from one precious momma and friend of mine, Ashley. Thanks for sharing! I just love it. And cannot wait to cut out some hands at my house.
A Revolution (of sorts . . .)
I’ve always been a restless person, constantly looking for the next project or season or semester or beach trip.
And so it was with my prayer life . . . wanting so desperately to be one of those “prayer warriors” that I was always hearing about, but never able to focus in and really, specifically talk to my Heavenly Father . . . especially as I prayed for my children.
I wanted to pray for their safety, their hearts, their dreams, their future spouses . . . I just didn’t know how. Did I sit around and list out to God what I wanted for each of them? Should I just lift up a general prayer of “you know what they need?” Pick an item for prayer and make some sort of chart with one for each day? Nothing seemed right. So, usually I ended up with “Dear Lord, please keep this one safe, and let that one go back to sleep!”While I’m sure God could use that, I wasn’t really giving him much to work with!
When Doc was about 4 months old, a sweet friend invited me to a young mom’s Bible study. Little did I know what God had in store for me.
A revolution in my prayer life was about to begin.
My first small group leader was a fabulous mom of four girls who had been consistently praying scripture for her children for years. With her ideas and some wise counsel, I set about changing the way I lifted up my own children to the Lord and He set out changing my heart. Not only could I pray specifically for my own boys in a meaningful way, suddenly I understood how to use God’s words in other situations when my own just wouldn’t come . . . when our newborn nephew needed open-heart surgery, we prayed Psalm 91 for him; when a friend lost her infant son in a tragic accident, Psalm 28:8-9 made sense when nothing else did.
Here’s the nitty gritty:
I pick one verse for each of child and pray it for a year, ideally everyday. I choose the verse around the new year, trace their little hand and write the verse on it. I try to think about what the year ahead will be like for them, any big milestones or new challenges they might be facing. . . like starting preschool or making new friends. Sometimes it’s hard to know, especially when they are little, so sometimes it’s a verse about something I’m praying they learn about who God is. For example, last year Mac was a newborn so I prayed Psalm 4:6-8 for him. I figured that if he was a joyful baby and a good sleeper, we could deal with the rest!
This year I’m praying Eph 3:17-19 for him, that his identity will be rooted in Christ and he begins to understand how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. For Doc this year I’m praying Col 3:20-21 . . .that he will learn to obey us and that we will not do anything to embitter or discourage him . . . obviously he’s a two-year-old! We have been totally blessed to have healthy little dudes, but I have friends who have spent years (literally) praying only verses for their child’s health. God always seems to lead me to a verse that turns out to be just perfect.
I’ve been using Praying the Scriptures for Your Children by Jodie Berndt to help pick the verses.
It is a great jumping off point because she has excellent examples of putting the child’s name into the verse and it helped me figure out how to actually pray the verse instead of feeling like I am just reading it. It’s written like a reference book and has sections like “praying for your child’s safety” and “praying for your child’s spiritual growth” as well as “praying for your child’s relationships” etc. You can just copy her’s with your child’s name in them or once you get the hang of it you’ll start picking your own.
Since the ones I pick tend to be somewhat short, I usually have them memorized after a few weeks or a month and then I can pray the verse for them whenever the mood strikes.
One day it will be fun to give the verses to them. I think that down the road we might start to see a pattern of the verses God leads us to for each child. I hope they will be able to see how God has been writing His name on their hearts since before they were born and how their Heavenly Father’s words perfectly encapsulated their mother’s hopes and dreams for them.
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Check back all week for Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.
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How praying FOR or WITH your children has changed your life or theirs in a big way.
I hadn’t thought about the same verse for a year. Neat idea, and a great memorial to give the kids as they grow older! Thanks for the inspiration. Michelle
I was just asking God how best to pray for my kids. He answered my prayer through your blog. Thanks for posting!
I really believe The Lord led me to this posting. My husband & I have a ministry of prayer which we’ve seen God move in amazing ways throughout the years. Recently we moved and after being unemployed for a few years – I was hired as a 2 yr teacher at a local Christian preschool/daycare. I have been praying the children in our class over some issues I had observed – but this posting has spurred me to do the handprint prayer.
I had already begun to pray over the 2 yr olds “boo boo’s” and have been amazed at how quickly they have come to want it, it gives them peace and often if there is an “offender” (classmate who caused the boo boo) they will join in and say they’re sorry.
Even though our children are adults and we have grandchildren (will do this for them also!) I am always learning more ways to pray and intercede for others.
I had a dream that our Son got shot & killed! So I thanked God for the dream & prayed for our Son & while trying to break up a fight he did get shot but with a taser Instead of a pistol! When I prayed I canceled Satan’s assignment for my Son & today he is alive & well & living for Jesus! Prayer works!!! Praise the Lord!!!
I pray four our four children daily but this is a great idea and I am definitely going to do it…I am going to pass it on to my best friend
I just love this idea! I’m teaching my Sunday school children and my grandchildren about prayer. This is so creative and I wish I was detailed with my prayers for children when they were growing up! Thank you for sharing your love of God and a way to share with others!
I am glad that the Lord led me to this side. I have learnt something new today. Everyday God introduces me into different things. He gives me fresh manna everyday. I am waiting to see where exactly he is leading g me to.
I am really really inspired…thank you.
Its wonderful to see this lovely blog which helps us lead children to Jesus