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Prayer Appointments: Teaching Our Children to Pray

Prayer Appointments: Teaching Our Children to Pray

Do you ever wonder how effectively your faith is filtering into your children’s hearts? Try this…

I recently bought my daughters an inexpensive, yet beautiful bracelet watch. I scheduled separate dates with each of them, presented the gift, and asked each to share twelve Bible verses or prayer inspirations. It was interesting and a lot of fun.

My youngest daughter is single, so I had her study the watch, sharing her thoughts as prayers.

  • Watch: Help me to wait, not jumping ahead of Your plan for my life.
  • Help me not to be so easily distracted, to use my time well.
  • Bead (Flowers): Help me not to worry about the things of this world, but consider how God clothes the flowers of the fields (Matt. 6:25-33).
  • Help me to bear the fragrance of Christ to the world (2 Cor. 2:15).
  • Flowers fade but Your Word stands firm forever (Is. 40:8).
  • White Bead: Help me to maintain physical, spiritual, and emotional purity.
  • Heart: Help me to guard my heart for it affects everything I do (Prov. 4:23).
  • Help me trust You with all my heart, leaning not on my own understanding, acknowledging You in everything I do as You direct my paths (Prov. 3:5).
  • Pink: I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman after Your own Heart.
  • Seven Beads: Father, give me a passion for You, Your Word, Your will, Your wisdom, Your world, Your ways, and holiness.
  • Jewels: May I always treasure You and Your Word above all else.
  • Clasp: Help me to always cling to You.

My older daughter is in a different season of life. After taking her two oldest sons to school, we had breakfast between two playful toddlers. To expand the idea, I asked her to draw prayer inspirations from her daily life.

  • When the alarm goes off, she asks God to multiply her time and energies.
  • While pouring breakfast cereal, she prays for children who have allergies to gluten.
  • When driving past schools, they pray for the students.
  • Drinking coffee, may our family not be lukewarm about the things of God.
  • While doing laundry, may our family be clothed in righteousness, wearing the full armor of God.
  • Making the bed, may our family be “covered” in the shelter of Your wings.
  • Packing lunches each
  • morning, may my children learn to meditate on the true meat, “Word of God”.

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  • John Daniel has a turtle named Hunter. May we be quick to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19).
  • When the kids are playing, may they always have childlike hearts toward Jesus.
  • When lacing or putting away shoes, may these children walk in the perfect plans of our Father all their days.
  • Heart: Father, make our hearts pure and holy.
  • And since we were sitting in Chick Fil-A, she was moved to thank God for this organization, their dedication to families, the Sabbath, and their high standards. Bless us so that we may be a blessing. May we do everything with excellence, always putting You first.

 

All too quickly, we parted ways so that Emma could attend her dance lesson.

Father, may my children always dance before You.

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Top: Kristina

Bottom: Kristina’s daughter Emma

 Cherish the moments and the memories. We have “just 18 summers”.

 By: Connie’s passion is to mobilize women to pray. Please visit her at her website, My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations www.myhomeahouseofprayerforallnations.comor connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/conniepn.

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