No matter what age your children are, it’s never too early or too late to start praying for their salvation. Don’t you want your children to open the door of their hearts to Jesus Christ and experience God’s kingdom, both in this life and forever after?
Our children’s lives don’t have to be left to chance. Right now, we can start making a positive difference in our children’s future. How? By prayer. At every stage of their lives, our children need and will greatly benefit from their parents’ prayers.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Praying Parent
The key is not trying to do it all by ourselves all at once, but rather turning to the expert parent, God our Father. Taking one step at a time, we must cover every detail of our child’s life in prayer. There is great power in doing that, far beyond what most of us can imagine.
We can depend on God to enable us to raise our child properly. We should not try to force our own will on our children. It’s far better to pray “Lord, help me to raise my child in Your way, and may Your will be done.”
What Does Prayer Look Like?
Prayer is acknowledging and experiencing the presence of God and inviting His presence into our lives and circumstances. Prayer is seeking the presence of God and releasing the power of God, which gives us the means to overcome any problems that may come our way.
When we pray, we are humbling ourselves before God and saying, “I need Your presence and Your power. I can’t do it without You God.” When we don’t turn to God in prayer, it’s like saying we have no need of anything outside ourselves.
Pray in the name of Jesus to give authority over the enemy. Through prayer, we are asking God to make His presence a part of our child’s lives and for God to work powerfully in their behalf.
Looking for Change and Answers
Our prayers are never lost or meaningless. If we are praying, something is happening, whether we can see it or not.
To most, the hardest part of praying for our children is waiting for our prayers to be answered. Sometimes answers come quickly, but oftentimes they do not, and sometimes the answer is not what we had wanted. When your child has made or is making poor choices, don’t lose hope and cease praying. Stand strong in prayer until you see a breakthrough – the devil is the enemy, not your child. It’s the power of God that penetrates a child’s life when we pray.
Releasing your child into God’s hands brings peace because you don’t have to strive to do it all by yourself.
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:27-28
To be sure that God is in control, surrender and allow God full access to their lives by living according to God’s Word. We can trust God to take care of our children even better than we can.
What to Pray About
Here’s a starting prayer list of where to begin. But try writing your own – unique to each one of your children.
- Concerns of the moment
- Child’s future
- Bless them by giving them all that they need
- Protection of spirit, body, mind, and emotions from any kind of evil of harm
- Salvation at an early age
- Love and acceptance – first by God, then by family, friends and others
- God’s hand would be on them to guide them and give comfort
God’s Words of Encouragement for Parents
We need to declare ourselves to be in full partnership with God. He can shoulder the heaviness of the burden and provide wisdom, power, protection, and ability far beyond ourselves. Our job is to discipline, teach, nurture, and “train up a child in the way they should go,” knowing that “when they are old they will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
Do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:17-18
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3
Be a Praying Parent
A child is a gift to us from God and He cares even more about our child than we do.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Remember, while God has a perfect plan for our children’s lives, Satan has a plan for them too. Let’s arm ourselves with Scripture. Being a praying parent doesn’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen to your children or that they will never experience pain.
They will because pain is a part of life in this fallen world, but the Bible assures us that our prayers play a vital part in keeping trouble from them.
He delivered me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. Psalm 18:48
Being a praying parent makes a difference in our child’s life. And that’s something we all can be.
Let the Lord Hear Your Prayer
Ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit to be so evident in you that you will be the godly role model your child thirsts for. Ask for
- communication, teaching, and nurturing skills
- Him to make you the parent He wants you to be
- Help, wisdom, and guidance to care for and raise them
Don’t forget to thank God for the precious gift of your child, for every good gift comes from the Lord and that we don’t have to do this alone, and God will give you direction and wisdom.
Do you have questions about prayer, being a godly role model, or more about how to pray for your children? We would love to connect with and pray for you. Please contact us at Candlewood Church Omaha by calling 402.991.5152 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.