Mom’s “Minute Devo”–Monday, Feb. 4th
Praying for Your Children-Part 2: A Daily Prayer Guide from Focus on the Family
We just can’t pray enough! Right? I know that when I was in the throngs of caring for young children, trying to home school two, with a toddler running about, and helping my husband run a business, life was pretty hectic. I even took on the job of educating two other children, in exchange for an occasional dinner and my laundry washed and folded! Additionally, I drove to Ft. Worth once a week for my kids to attend Museum School and for us to visit with my parents. Never regretting those crazy full days, I am thankful for the pray list gleaned from listening to Dr. James Dobson through “Focus on the Family” radio and magazine.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” We must continually remember that as parents, we have the power to speak life or death TO our children and OVER our children. When we choose to speak the Word of God over our children, we are choosing to speak LIFE over them. Jesus said in John 6:63,”The words that I speak to you are SPIRIT, and they are LIFE.”
The following are confessions straight from scripture that we can speak over our children. AND, as Isaiah 55:11 says, these words will NOT return to us empty, but will accomplish and achieve the purpose for which they are sent!!
1. SALVATION– Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. (Isaiah 45:8, Timothy 2:10)
2. GROWTH IN GRACE– I pray that they may “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)
3. LOVE- Grant, that my children may learn to live a life of love through the Spirit who dwells in them. (Ephesians 5:2, Galatians 5:22)
4. HONESTY AND INTEGRITY– May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection. (Psalm 25:21)
5. SELF-CONTROL– Father, help my children not to be like many others in the world around them, but let them be “alert and self-controlled” in all they do. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)
6. A LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD– May my children grow to find Your Word “more precious than gold, than much pure gold; [and] sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (Psalm 19:10)
7. JUSTICE– God, help my children to love justice as You do and to “act justly” in all they do. (Psalm 11:7, Micah 6:8)
8. MERCY– May my children always “be merciful, as [their] Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)
9. RESPECT (FOR SELF, OTHERS, AUTHORITY)– Father, grant that my children may “show proper respect to everyone” as Your Word commands. (1 Peter 2:17)
10. STRONG, BIBLICAL, SELF-ESTEEM- Help my children to develop a strong sense of self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:10)
11. FAITHFULNESS– “Let love and faithfulness never leave [my children],” but bind these two virtues around their necks, write them upon the tablet of their hearts. (Proverbs 3:3)
12. A PASSION FOR GOD– Lord, please instill in my children a soul craving for You, a hearth that clings passionately to You. (Psalm 63:8)
13. HOPE– May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. (Romans 15:13)
14. RESPONSIBILITY- Grant that my children may learn responsibility, “for each one should carry his own load.” (Galatians 6:5)
15. GENEROSITY– Grant that my children may “be generous and willing to share [and so] lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)
16. PEACE, PEACEMAKER– Father, let my children “make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Romans 14:19)
17. HUMILITY– Lord, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all. (Titus 3:2)
18. COMPASSION– Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion. (Colossians 3:12)
19. PERSEVERANCE– Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to “run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Hebrews 12:1)
20. PRAYERFULNESS– Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18)
There are a few more in the list, including CONTENTMENT, FAITH, and JOY, but I’d like to stop with twenty for this week!
These wonderful prayers were first featured in “Focus on the Family” magazine, February 2000, Volume 24, Number 2. Published by Focus on the Family c)2000 by Bob Hostetler.
Please use them, speak them aloud, pray them over your children, husband, friends and family, even yourself! Let God’s Word melt into and through us. AMEN.
Blessings on your week. Please email with comments, praise reports, and prayer requests to [email protected].