Ask any Christian parent if they pray for their children and most will either respond with “all the time” or “not nearly enough”. We all know the power of prayer and how crucial it is that we should pray for our children often. I hope this short post will encourage you to pray and give you a simple Biblical way to pray for your children. A prayer you could pray everyday with your child, over your child, and even a prayer your child can pray as well. Lets look at how Jesus prayed and see if we can model something after the master.
As recorded in Luke 22:31-32
And the Lord Said ” Simon, Simon! Indeed, satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren”
A few things we can learn from this.
1. Jesus told Peter He was praying for him and exactly what He was praying. Our kids need to know we are praying for them and exactly what we are praying for. Take time to tell them what you are praying for them. It’s a great way to teach them how to pray but to also encourage them as well.
2. The word “Sift” as used here means a repeated attack. As parents we must remember that there is a spiritual battle for our children. Satan didn’t wait till Jesus was full grown to launch his attack. If you remember Herod the King tried to have Jesus killed as a young toddler. The devil will not wait until your child is older to attack, he is on the prowl now!
3. “But I have prayed”… Jesus thought it important enough to pray for Peter, how much more should we be spurred to pray for our children.
Using this text as a model, we can pray for our children in two ways.
1. For unfailing faith. This doesn’t mean that our children won’t give into temptations and make mistakes. But praying that as a result they don’t lose faith. Praying that no matter how hard satan attacks, our children would remain faithful and keep going after God.
Heavenly Father, I pray that when my children are tested, may their faith not give in or give up. Keep them from stumbling. But if and when they do, may they get back up and keep going after you.
2. May they learn from their mistakes. Jesus prayed that when the sifting was over, Peter would return stronger and he would strengthen the rest of the group. I often pray that God would give our kids (MHBC Kidz) influence at school, on ball teams, and community events and that influence would be used to bring glory to Christ and His church. No matter how great our kids are they WILL make mistakes. It should be our prayer that when they do, God will help them learn from those mistakes and teach others. What kind of impact could our kids make in a lost world if we could help them learn that God will use their mistakes to bring everlasting life to others?
Heavenly Father, I know my children will make mistakes and fall short. Help them to recognize their mistakes, repent from them, and use it for your glory.
That’s it! We don’t have to pray long prayers or elegant prayers but simply look to the scriptures for guidance. What are some ways you pray for your kids? Feel free to leave a comment below.