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Praying for our children is a privilege and a blessing. We can change their lives by boldly approaching the Throne of Grace with their hearts, but sometimes it’s hard to know what or how to pray. Join with me as we explore a daily guide to prayer for moms.
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I became a Christian at the age of 7 and a mom at the age of 25. In those 18 years in between, one thing that I struggled with consistently was my prayer life. I would try to pray throughout the day, and I would really focus on it before going to bed each night, but my mind would wander or I would fall asleep or the phone would ring or I suddenly needed to clip my fingernails or…you get my point.
I prayed more during my pregnancy than I had before. I would try to dedicate time each day to prayer, but again, distractions came. I prayed the best I could for my girl, especially focusing on praying Scripture over her, but I wasn’t satisfied.
Then, a few days after Selah was born, I looked down at those chubby cheeks and tiny hands and I knew. I knew I needed to pray for her. I knew I need to become a mom who prays.
But how? When you’ve struggled with something for 18 years, it doesn’t just suddenly come naturally. Again, I’ve struggled. I’ve made a commitment to pray for her every day, but it’s usually not very long. I want it to be longer, but inevitably, something happens or (I know I’m not alone on this one) I just don’t know what to pray.
To be honest, I think that’s my struggle. I don’t know what to pray. I pray for blessings and peace and the Holy Spirit to fall on her. I cover any struggles that she’s having, and I ask for mercy and grace and joy. All that takes approximately 90 seconds, though, and then I’m stuck.
So I start claiming Scripture over her, but then I’m distracted by a story in the Bible, and then I’m thinking how I’m going to explain that to her when she’s older, and then suddenly it’s 20 minutes later and she’s up from her nap.
I’ve tried reading books and listening to sermons on prayer, but they haven’t helped. Then, scrolling through DaySpring one day, I stumbled across this book: Prayers of Promise by Roy Lessin. In a haste, I ordered it, and it is changing my prayer life.
This daily prayer guide was written by the co-founder of DaySpring, Roy Lessin. He has prayed countless prayers over his children and grandchildren, and from those prayers, he crafted this book to encourage others to do the same.
The book is divided into ten sections. Each section includes six prayers and promises that focus on a specific heartfelt need within the life of a child.
Each prayer is based upon the promises of God, assuring that we are praying in accordance with God’s will. These promises can be prayed over children in any stage of life, and they help parents to build their own foundation of prayer.
The sections include: the power of blessing, the comfort of protection, the beauty of character, the joys of community, the proclamation of praise, the benefits of growth, the impact of courage, the power of purpose, the privilege of knowing God, and spiritual growth.
Some of the promises are: legacy, Kingdom power, holiness, strength, eternal life, truth in relationships, courage, spiritual blessings, provision, and worship.
While journeying through this book, you can go in order like I’ve been doing, or you can use the table of contents to choose specific prayers. For older children, you could choose a specific area that they struggle in and focus on those promises and prayers.
The prayers in this book shouldn’t be the only ones that you pray over your children. But if you’re like me, and you just don’t know what to pray, they are a wonderful starting point. Using the promise given, you can search Scripture for related verses and begin praying those over your children as well, strengthening the foundation of your prayer life even more.
Do you pray for your kids daily? Do you follow a guide or keep a journal of prayers? Leave me a comment and let me know what works for you!
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