As parents, we desire the best for our children. We make sure they are educated, teach them social skills, train them in finances and other important life lessons, offer wisdom when needed, and lavish them with love. All of these are necessary to ensure our kids live the best life possible. However, the most crucial thing we can do for our children is pray for them. God created our kids and loves them even more than we do. He has a plan for their lives.
When our children hear us thanking God for them and praying for their needs, it provides a sense of security. They feel loved. They learn how important God is to us and how important He should be to them. They grasp the power of prayer. I want to leave a legacy for my kids as I’m sure you do as well. Please know there is no greater legacy than one of prayer.
The following are suggestions to begin praying daily for our kids.
Lord, I lift up each of my children to you:
- Thank You for my children being valuable in Your eyes. Help me to see them through Your eyes.
- Help me not to fear loving myself and having self-confidence, so that I can inspire my children to love and respect themselves.
- Help me to properly communicate the value I see in my children to them and to the world.
- Help me to take the kind of joy in being a parent to my children that You take in Yours.
- Help my children to have the courage to stand up for what they believe. Help each of them to have a strong, personal relationship with You.
- Lead, guide, and direct their footsteps; help them to avoid the pitfalls of life and overcome obstacles, big and small.
- Help their dad and I to have a close relationship with each of our children and help all of us to be a close, tight-knit family always.
- Help each of our children to feel comfortable talking to us about anything.
- Help them to know we love them unconditionally.
- Protect them physically, mentally, and spiritually.
- Help them to always walk with Christ and experience His peace and joy.
- Help them desire to know and love You, serve You wholeheartedly, and make a difference in this life.
- Help them to discern and avoid any negative cycles they see in their father and me.
- Give them a strong desire, strength, and courage to protect their purity.
- Give them confidence, love, and respect for themselves.
- I pray all these things for their future spouses. We don’t know who they are, but we have confidence knowing that You do. I pray that they are growing up knowing You, loving You, and seeking You in all things. Help these future spouses and my children to have strong self-control and strong convictions. Help them to run from temptation. I also pray that my children’s father and I will enjoy a close relationship with their future spouses. Bless their marriages and hold them together.
- I pray that my children’s children will be godly.
Please come back each Thursday in February as this series on prayer continues with suggestions on praying for spouse, self, church leaders, co-workers, and friends.
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