Crafts, baking, read-alouds, play groups, homemade gifts, special celebrations, and all of the other things on our “be a better Mommy” to-do list, pale in comparison to the greatest thing that we can do for our children, and that is to pray for them.
I believe there is power in prayer and that the prayers we pray over our children are monumental in shaping the course of their lives.
“You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a parent. There is nothing you can do that will have a higher return on investment. “
“Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.”
Mark Batterson, Praying Circles around Your Children
I have admitted to struggling with personal prayer and quiet time, and this is area that I am intentionally working on, especially when it comes to praying for my boys.
I would like to share some resources that have encouraged and better equipped me in praying for my children…
Praying Circles around Your Children by Mark Batterson
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
7 Absolutes to Pray Over Your Kids by Blaine Bartel
A Mother’s Prayer Calendar from Inspired to Action (free download)
Praying God’s Word for Your Kids by Amanda White (free e-book)
I was also inspired by Sally Clarkson in her book The Ministry of Motherhood, to begin praying for my boys individually as it relates to their unique characteristics and personalities.
My son Jack has such a sweet spirit and I can already see His need for approval and desire to please others. He is so much like me and I know of the insecurities that can come along with seeking the approval of others, so I am praying that his desire to please will be directed toward pleasing his heavenly Father through a life lived by faith and obedience.
Where some might see my younger son Aidan as silly and full of energy, I see that he is full of passion and zeal, and I pray that like Peter, God will use Aidan’s fiery personality to do great and daring things for His Kingdom.
As mothers, we have a special glimpse into the hearts of our children and can often see what hides behind their moods and their behavior and can pray accordingly. It is a unique gift that we are given and we must be intentional about using this insight as we pray for our children.
If you are in need of some direction of how to begin praying for your children, I encourage you to check out some of the resources I linked above.
Also, take a few moments to jot down a list of characteristics that you see in each of your children and begin praying that God will use these unique traits for His Kingdom and His glory.
There is no greater gift that you can give your children than to cry out to the Father on their behalf. Don’t worry about perfect words or beautiful sounding prayers. God knows your heart as a mother.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts, know the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
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