The Power Behind Praying for Our Kids
In spite of the fact that I now write books of prayers, praying didn’t always come easy to me. Early on my lack of prayer power didn’t bother me. It wasn’t until I began having children that the urgency hit. Then my prayer life became vitally important. I wanted to be the type of mom who prayed powerful prayers that protected her children no matter what happened.
I worried that my prayers weren’t good enough. Maybe I hadn’t spent enough time on thanksgiving or confession. Or perhaps I was saying things in the wrong order. Truthfully I was looking for a formula that would infuse my prayers with power enough to get God’s undivided attention on my child’s behalf.
Turns out that what I believed about my role in prayer was all backwards.
I was looking for power in my words, instead of focusing on the power of God. And I was forgetting that each of us has God’s undivided attention—always. He loves each of us, and more importantly to me, He loves each of my children even more than I do.
Even when I discovered the mistake in my thinking about prayer, I still wasn’t quite sure how to frame my prayers. Then I revisited one of my favorite passages in the Bible. So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11. That was what I needed to redirect my prayer life and get me on the right track.
Here are the 3 steps I used to refocus my prayers:
- I began praying specific verses for my children. I’d choose a verse or two and insert my son’s name in place of any pronouns.
- I started a prayer journal. For me, it was too easy to get lost in prayer. Once I started writing them out, I could remain focused.
- I recorded how God spoke and how He moved. Often as I was praying, I would feel like God was directing my prayers and/or adding to them. By writing these down, I could go back later and see how He had worked. I also went back later and added in how God answered these prayers.
These three simple steps revitalized my prayer life. By taking the focus off of me and putting it back on God, the peace returned. With that peace, my faith also took wings and began to grow.
Prayer is non-negotiable in the list of things we do for our children. But the power behind those prayers isn’t our responsibility. Our part is obedience, the rest is up to God, and He is more than able for the job.
What are your favorite ways to pray for your children? We love to hear from you!
By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including her most recent, While My Child is Away. Married to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they live in the upstate of South Carolina and have raised three sons. Connect with her on www.EdieMelson.com, Twitter and Facebook.
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