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August 22, 2018, 5:31 PM

Discipleship: Praying For Our Children


Prayer Principles For Our Children

 

“Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children” (Lamentations 2:19).

 

1. The deepest desire of our hearts and the greatest challenge of our lives is to be famous in our homes. For me personally, parenting my two kids is more difficult, yet, far more important than pastoring this church. My family is my first church and I want to see them saved above all else. Heaven will be somewhat empty if my kids are not there. I want to be loved most by those know me best.

 

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her” (Proverbs 31:28).

 

2. The truth about raising kids is that we will never figure it out because they are moving targets. About the time we think we have them figured out, they’re on to the next stage of life.

 

Bad news, good news, great news about parenting: Here is the bad news: We’ll make a lot of mistakes.

 

3. It is amazing that our kids survive our parenting. The word diaper spelled backwards is repaid.

 

Now, here is the good news: Our worst mistakes double as our greatest opportunities.

 

How will your kids learn to apologize unless you model it for them? Your mistakes give you the opportunity to turn it into a teachable moment and one of the greatest lessons is how to say “I’m sorry.”

 

4. Here is a very simple parenting philosophy that boils down to just three words, please, sorry, and thanks. Teach your kids how to say these words. Better yet, teach them how to live these words. (and yes sir and no ma’am)

 

Here’s the great news: Prayer covers a multitude of sins!

 

5. The one thing you can’t afford to get wrong as a parent is prayer. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent.

 

6. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows. Some of what we are today is a result of praying ancestors. Heaven will be so wonderful when God connects all of the dots between past prayers and present answers. Your children need to see and hear you praying! Your prayers for your children are the greatest legacy you can leave

 

7. You don’t become a praying parent by default. You do it by design, by desire, by discipline..

 

8. It is imperative to distinguish between your will and God’s will. Every prayer, including your prayers for your children, must pass a twofold litmus test: your prayers must be in the will of God and for the glory of God.

 

9. Prayer is the way we take our hands off of our children and place our children in God’s hands. You can’t choose the Lord for your kids, but you can pray that they choose Jesus Christ for themselves.

 

10. One word of advice to parents of prodigals: form a prayer circle with other parents. Covenant to pray for each others children. No one can pray for children like parents.

 

Your prayers are prophecies. You can write the future of your family with your prayers.

 

“But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children” (Ps 103:17 ESV).

 

11. Jesus Christ broke the curse so you can break the cycle. If you pray through, you’ll eventually experience a breakthrough. You won't just be blessed; you’ll pass on a blessing to the next generation.

 

12. “to pray without ceasing.” It’s praying until God answers. It’s praying with more intensity, more tenacity.

 

13. Prayer is the difference between you fighting for God and God fighting for you.

 

“With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles.” (2 Chronicles 32:8).

 

14. A priority prayer for your children should be, “Lord, let them grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. The favor of God is what God can do for you than you cannot do for yourself.

 

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

 

Prayer is the way we write the future. It’s the difference between letting things happen and making things happen.


15. Learn to speak words of comfort and encouragement to your children. When you catch them doing something wrong, gently rebuke them. Lovingly remind them: that’s not who you are. When you catch them doing something right, reinforce it. Fan into flame the gift of God that is in them.

 

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Tim 1:6 NIV).

 

One of our chief responsibilities as a parent is to be a student of your child. You aren’t just a prophet who speaks into their future; you are also a historian who records their past. It is your job to help your children connect the dots between who they were, who they are, and who they are becoming.

 

16. Each of us as parents must pray the price – and the price is blood, sweat, and tears. Praying hard is hard work!

 

“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16).

Making a list is not in everyone’s personality, but we’ve all learned that the most effective way to accomplish tasks is to write down what we need or what needs to be done. If we need a grocery list, an invite list, a to-do list, isn’t it possible we might need a prayer list?

 

17. Pray that the ears of your children will be tuned to the still small voice of the Lord. If they don’t hear the voice of God, they will echo our culture.

 

18. The purpose of prayer is not to outline our agenda for God; the purpose is to get into the presence of God and get God’s agenda for us.

 

19. We need a vision for our children. With our physical eyes we can see who a person is. With our spiritual eyes we can see what that person can be. When Jesse looked at David, he saw a shepherd boy; when Samuel looked at David, he saw a king. One of the great dangers of family relationships is that we become blind to beauty and mystery simply because we live in such close proximity. Learn to look at your kids through your spiritual eyes!

 

A good prayer for our children is that they be strong and courageous and do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

 

20. If you want your child to have success you should pray Joshua 1:7.

 

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Josh 1:7-8).

 

21. Don’t ever underestimate your children’s potential. Give them opportunities to exercise their spiritual gifts, and they might just surprise you. There is untold potential in your kids!

 

Great parenting doesn’t just mean teaching your kids; it also means learning from them. Think of it as reverse mentoring.

 

22. Don’t just pray for your children, pray with them.

 

It is like teaching them to drive. Get them out of the back seat. You can pray for them their whole lives, but if you never let them pray, they’re just along for the ride. They won’t know how to get anywhere in prayer.

 

23. All of us need Aarons and Hurs in our lives. We need people who are strong when we are weak. We need people who are full of faith when we are running on empty. We need people who will fight for us on their knees. Sometimes parents play the role of Aaron and Hur, but sometimes children hold up our arms.

 

24. We do know that 100% of the prayers we don’t pray won’t get answered. When we get discouraged as parents, we have to remember the power of a single prayer. One prayer can change anything, change everything.

 

“And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” (Luke 7:23).

 

You never know who you are praying for and who is praying for you. You never know how or when God will answer your prayers. But you can be sure of this: Your prayers will shape the destiny of your children for generations to come. Don’t lose heart. Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose faith.

 

“As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever (Isaiah 59:21).


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