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Praying Against the Distractions in My Child’s Life

Praying Against the Distractions in My Child’s Life

My dad had many pet phrases, and this time of year we’d always hear him announce, “Spring has sprung.” Even in colder climates, kids everywhere have been infected by spring fever. For my kids that was just one more distraction in a world that seemed dedicated to sidetrack my children—and me—from staying on task.

That led me to begin praying against the distractions in my kids’ lives—particularly the ones that pulled them away from following God. As I began talking to God and listing different distractions I became overwhelmed. How could I pray effectively when so many things bombarded my family?

I couldn’t.

But God could.

His Word promises me that the Holy Spirit is the one who helps me pray. So I girded up my faith and began a campaign I still wage today—against all the distractions that stand between my child and God.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26 (NIV) 

Dear Lord, I look at the world where my kids live and I’m terrified by all the distractions that pull them away from You and the purpose You have for their lives. There’s television, unsavory music, rampant materialism, and social media. Help me guard them and their time.

I know it’s You who provides the ultimate protection, but You work through those of us who are parents. Help me to be obedient and look to You for direction. Don’t let me fail to be vigilant.

Keep me from inadvertently being an instrument of distraction. Don’t let my own weaknesses lead my kids into distress.

Give me supernatural insight into the things that are traps for each child. You designed each one differently and I know what may trip up one, won’t affect another. This is a battle I cannot fight on my own. I know You love my children even more than me, help me hold onto that fact and release the fear even as I continue to wage war on their behalf. Amen.

By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including Soul Care When You’re Weary and While My Child is Away: Prayers for When We’re Apart. Married to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they live in the upstate of South Carolina and have raised three sons. Connect with her on through Twitter and Facebook.

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