Last night some friends were over and we made “Prayer Cards” for our children. We printed out the 7 Prayers below and then put them on scrapbook paper and decorated them.
Aren’t their cards adorable?!
I laminated mine!
Parenting is a challenge and we must not try to do it alone! Remember we have access to the God of the universe and we must never fail to pray for our children.
Every phase of life has it’s challenges with our children. It seems that as soon as my children are trained in one area they begin to fail in another – or often times I am disciplining them over and over in the same area – and I wonder “will they ever get it?”.
Remember that God is at work in your life as much as he is at work in your child’s life. He is purifying you both through this process. Through our children, our weaknesses (and sinfulness) are revealed.
I never realized how selfish, short-tempered and inpatient I was until I had kids! And those are some very ugly character qualities that I must not accept into my life.
So, as I battle my flesh I must walk closely with God – pray hard – call on his name in times of trouble and temptation and model for my children a mom who is loving, kind, patient, joyful, at peace, gentle, and self-controlled. None of these qualities come naturally in our flesh – they come by walking in the Spirit and through prayer and God’s word we draw close to God and he enables us to walk in the Spirit. So as this holiday weekend is upon us, I encourage you to get on your knees and pray for your children.
If you don’t, who will?
Here are some beautiful verses I found at Angie Smith’s website to pray over our children:
7 Prayers a Day to Pray Over Our Children
1. When they wake up:
“Let the morning bring (child’s name) word of your unfailing love, for she has put her trust in You. Show (her/him) the way (she/he) should go, for to you (he/she) lifts up her soul.”
(Adapted from Psalm 143:8)
2. When they are getting dressed:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen child, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Lord, help (him/her) bear with others and forgive whatever grievances (he/she) has against others. Help (him/her) forgive as the Lord forgave (him/her). And over all these virtues, help (him/her) put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
(Adapted from Colossians 3:12-14)
3. While they are eating:
“Teach (child’s name) the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Teach (him/her) that (he/she) can do everything through him who gives (him/her) strength.”
(Adapted from Philippians 4:12-13)
4. When they go out of the house:
“(Name of child), do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
(Adapted from Romans 12:2)
5. While they are taking a bath:
Lord, give (name of child) clean hands and a pure heart, and let (him/her) not lift (his/her) soul to an idol or swear by what is false. Let (him/her) receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God (his/her) Savior. Let (him/her) be part of the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
(Adapted from Psalm 24:4-6)
6. When they are going to bed:
“The Lord Your God is with you; he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, be will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
7. While they are sleeping:
“I pray that (name of child) will do everything without complaining or arguing, so that he/she may become blameless and pure, a child of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which he/she shines like a star in the universe as he/she holds out the word of life-in order that he/she may boast on the day of Christ that he/she did not run or labor for nothing.”
(Adapted from Philippians 2:14-16)