We all know how important it is to be in prayer about who we marry and then to be in prayer for our spouse.
As a matter of fact I wrote a blog post about War Room Prayers for Your Marriage and have a 5 Day Email Challenge Praying for Your Husband.
But what about your kids?
The enemy has a plan
If you’ve been a christian very long you know that the enemy wants to not only destroy your life and your witness but also your family.
He wants to take away anything good you have going that you would be thanking God for or giving God praise for.
Perfect example – your children!
God has a plan
I was told by a doctor before I ever got married that I would probably never be able to have children. If I did get pregnant not to get excited because there was a very good chance I would loose the baby.
That really didn’t bother me much at the time since I wasn’t married, wasn’t planning on starting a family anytime soon and honestly really didn’t like kids that much anyway.
(There is something you need to know and remember, God has a sense of humor!)
However all that changed when I did get married and we started talking about having a family. God was working on my heart.
It seemed to me that I had always had a pretty strong faith and good prayer life but now it was being put to the test.
As I was reading my Bible one day I came across the story of Hannah and how she prayed for a baby.
That day I decided to ask God for a baby and then do my best to leave it in His hands.
The very next month I was pregnant. I thought it was a stomach bug to be honest because we had been trying and was disappointed month after month.
As soon as that little blue bundle of joy arrived and they handed him to me the reality of the situation really hit me like a Mac truck.
I was now a mom! It wasn’t just about me or my husband anymore. We had this tiny human to care for. I seriously thought I was going to be sick.
You see, I’m an only child. All I ever had was dogs. Now I had a son! Then God reminded me of the story of Hannah and I was immediately reminded that this sweet precious baby was a gift.
If God could give him to me then God could take care of him. While lying on that bed holding my baby for the very first time I said a silent prayer thanking God for this amazing little gift and gave him back to God right then.
I knew if I could trust God with my soul then I could certainly trust Him with this baby that He gave me as an answered prayer!
Prayer is what got this baby here and more than once I had to pray for his protection while I was still carrying him! He tried to come early 4 times. Then I was told he would be developmentally delayed and we didn’t need to have any more kids because he would be a “handful”.
Well let me just assure you of this. God can do anything!
He is perfectly healthy, 6’1 and over 200 pounds of muscle, very smart, married to sweet christian girl and they are expecting their first baby in April. How’s that for answered prayer!
I told you all of that to say this. PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN IS ESSENTIAL!!!
You need a plan
Besides your husband who is the most important person in your life? Your child of course!
Children are a gift from the Lord and so we must not only be thankful for them we must cover them in prayer.
They are a precious gift that cannot be replaced. They are amazing, full of hope and promise.
You know how God calls Himself the Potter and we are the clay? Well when a baby is born they are like little balls of clay.
Not only is it our responsibility, it is our privilege to mold them into the people God has called them to be.
We teach them how to feed themselves, take a bath, dress themselves, tie their shoes, count, learn their ABC’s, etc.
The most important thing we much teach them is about God and His love for them.
We all know how sweet, kind and friendly the world is, right? Hardy har har!!
It is our job to protect them and teach them not just how to survive in the world but also how to show God’s love.
What better way to help protect them from the enemy and his lies and evil plans than prayer?
Make a good plan
What better way to teach them than to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance?
How do we know what to pray for? God’s word is filled with instructions about how to raise our children.
The Bible is the best instruction book there is and you can use it for any situation!
So what are the areas we really need to focus on when praying for our children?
If you haven’t gotten pregnant yet that is the best place to start. Praying if it is God’s will for you to have children.
Once you do then of course we are going to pray for their health. Not just physical but psychological health as well.
We want to pray that God will guard their minds and thoughts.
Pray for their eyes that they will never see anything that will scar them or be addicted to pornography.
Pray for their speech and that no unclean language comes from their mouths.
Pray for their hearts to follow God, their spirits to be full of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for their character and that they will be men and women of integrity with good reputations.
There are so many more areas to pray for! We want to cover our children in prayer from head to toe and inside out!!
We want their lives to matter and count for God. We want them to be happy and know love and acceptance with Godly friends.
War Room Prayers for Your Children
You can sign up for the 5 Day Email Challenge Praying for Your Children. Think of all the things you pray about every day.
Do you find yourself praying generic prayers for your kids? You know the one, “Father please keep them safe”, “Bring them home safely”, “Bless their lives”.
These aren’t bad. Of course we want them to be safe and blessed, but what if there is more? What if God is waiting on us to just ask?
God tells us that we “have not because we ask not, or we ask amiss” James 4:2-3. I want my children to be “blessed exceedingly abundantly above all that I can ask or think!” Ephesians 3:20-21.
I want my children to be men and women of God who are used by Him for great and mighty things. I want them to help grow the Kingdom of God and be used by Him for His glory.
Here’s the thing. If I can trust God to save me and keep my soul from going to hell for eternity then how can I not trust God with my children?
Remember when I told you that I didn’t like kids? Remember when I said God has a sense of humor? Well not only did God bless me with my first son that I prayed so hard for.
When I asked God to bless me with the children He wanted me to have, not only did he give me my first precious baby, He blessed me with 4 more!
Yes, I am an only child, who didn’t like kids, was told I couldn’t have kids, prayed for one baby thinking that would be a miracle and God gave me 5!
God changed my selfish heart into one that would learn to not only love others more than myself but God has used these precious kids to teach me so much about Himself.
God has taught me about his unconditional love, his unending mercy, his complete forgiveness and so many more lessons, there just isn’t enough time to write it all.
Having a large family hasn’t always been easy. There have been days when I have just sat on the couch looking at toys, laundry and dirty dishes and thought “what in the world have I done?”lol.
Well, I learned to trust God. I learned to be thankful. No my house is not always clean. At any given moment you will find dirty clothes and dirty dishes and there is always something that needs to be dusted!!
But that’s ok. I’ve learned to let go. Let go of the need to be perfect and have everything else be perfect.
I’ve learned to let go of the fake facade of trying to make everyone believe I have it all together and a perfect life.
I’ve learned what it means to love and be loved. So more than anything, especially as my kids have gotten older, I’ve learned the importance of prayer.
Trust me, I do not by any means have it all together and I don’t have all the answers.
One thing I know and will tell forever, to anyone who will listen for the rest of my life. GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!
There is POWER IN PRAYER!