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Tips On How to Intentionally Pray For and With Your Children.
Children are the greatest gifts of grace from God.
Every parent desires the best for their children no matter their age.
How do you feel every time you gaze into the eyes of your child?
With all the responsibilities that encompass being a mother, sometimes it’s challenging to find enough time to pray alone or gather the children to pray.
Are you facing that challenge?
Many of us know how important it is to pray with our children, but sometimes we won’t know how to do it or what to say.
Are you in that place right now and can relate?
With this you can “discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision–and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting!” – Jodie Berndt.
Good starting points include This Little Prayer of Mine and Bedtime Bible Stories.
Tips on How to Purposefully Pray for Your Kids.
Do you believe that God has a purpose for every child’s life?
Praying the Scriptures for Your Children will help you Discover How to Pray God’s Purpose for Their Lives.
Jesus emphasized prayer and its role in our lives.
There is no legalistic requirement for how long prayer should be.
What every child should know about prayer will encourage your child to enjoy speaking to their father God.
Prayers for your young children should not be complicated and you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t spend an hour or more at a time to pray to your heavenly Father who knows everything.
Despite that, you must recognize that praying for and with your children is a task and duty you should endeavor to perform every day.
Allow Jesus to directly speak to your young children with this!
It cannot be outsourced either! Right?
The love dare challenges both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children.
What is Prayer?
Simply put, prayer is a means of directly communicating with God.
It is individualized and can be unorganized especially if it is a petition or a gratitude prayer.
Inside Prayers for Your Children, you’ll find ninety accessible, simple, and powerful scripture-packed prayers you can pray for your kids during every season of their lives.
Yes, you can Intentionally pray for and with your children.
Prayer is a bold expression of our faith.
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How Often Can You Pray For and With Your Children?
I would say as often as possible and practicable.
Our relationship with God and our Lord Jesus Christ demands a daily prayer regimen that strengthens the relationship.
Prayer is empowering.
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we should “Never stop praying.” “Pray without ceasing.”
Praying often keeps our hearts closer to the Lord and away from the stresses of life.
Even when you are busy with your hands, at the grocery store, running errands, paying your bills, you can still reach out to God with your heart.
Connecting to divinity shouldn’t be complicated at all.
He is our father!
We have the freedom to talk to Him like ‘a Father.’ Jeremiah 29:12 says – “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
What Do You Pray For?
You must have realized that as a parent, you do not have control over everything.
Through prayer, however, you can connect to a God that is in control of everything.
Children are like clay from God. Our duty is to mold the clay with God’s guidance and direction to become the best final product – using our best God-given abilities.
We pray to God about everything.
What prayers do we pray for our children to our heavenly father?
Here is a Simple Guideline on how to intentionally pray for your children and teach them to do the same.
1. Pray for God to Guard their Heart
Pray that they love and embrace God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit at an early age.
Also, Pray that they honor and reverence God, their creator.
• Pray that they connect wholly to God.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
• Pray that your children maintain and guard their purity.
“All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” 1 John 3:3
2. Destiny Preservation
Pray always for and with your children that they grow to fulfill their God-ordained destiny.
Pray and decree into their lives that no weapon of the enemy would interfere with their lives now and in the future.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Teach and pray that they practice obedience and the benefits of obedience.
Let them understand that obedience is pleasing to God and has benefits.
“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12
4. Pray for Allround Protection and Security
Pray for protection, preservation, and security from God.
Teach your children to rely on God for all-round protection – physical, emotional, and spiritual.
“In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord will keep me safe.” – Psalm 4:8
“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.” -Psalm 91: 5-6
Pray for your children that they cultivate a grateful heart. A heart that not only asks God for things but a heart that praises and gives thanks to Him in all things.
Pray that they appreciate how people are blessed in different ways by God.
Include in your prayers the principles of contentment that alienates envious and spiteful attitudes.
“I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name forevermore.” -Psalm 86:12
6. Forgiveness Pray and teach your children to easily forgive and show mercy to others as God through the atonement of Jesus Christ has forgiven us.
Pray that they understand the benefits of forgiveness. It removes anger, bitterness, and malice from our hearts.
Forgiveness relieves you from being held captive by somebody else. It’s freedom!
Instruct and Pray that they understand the freedom to confess their sins to God and know they can be forgiven.
“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32
7. Pray for wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
Pray for your children every day that God will grant them the divine spirit of excellence, wisdom, insight, knowledge, and understanding.
8. Compassion and Conscience
Pray that your child will show compassion to people in need. Pray that they show empathy.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
9. God Is In Control
Pray for your children to understand that God is in control no matter what the situation is.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
10. Real Friendships
Pray that your children will have a spirit of discernment in their relationships.
Pray fervently for positive influences and against any relationships that would turn their hearts away from God. And definitely no “frenemies.”
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” – Proverbs 12:26
11. Abundant Blessings
Pray every day for your children to be blessed by God in every aspect of their lives.
There’s power in praying for your children.
There’s power in proclaiming blessings on your children. For instance;
“May the Lord bless you and protect you, May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26
12. Confidence With Self
Pray for your children to be confident with who they are and how God made them.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Psalm 139:14
How Can You Start to Teach Children to Pray?
It is very important that parents encourage their children to pray.
Children should be taught to pray confidently and intentionally from an early age.
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You can start to teach your child how to pray with “The Lord’s Prayer,” or with prayer journal prompts.
The Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6:9-13 – “Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever.” Amen.
I hope this helps you in starting to devise ways to pray with and for your child/children.
I pray the Lord helps you in this journey and equips you with the gifts of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Did you enjoy these prayer points for your children?
Do you have any you’d like to add or share?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Sending lots of love♥ and positivity your way. Stay continually blessed!