Sometimes, I wonder if we made a mistake purchasing our house eleven years ago. It's not in the best school district, we could have found a better "deal," we are rapidly outgrowing it. However, when I think about the godly women placed on this street and what they have taught me, I know that we are in the right place. One sweet neighbor taught me not to just promise prayers. If I ask her for prayer, she prays. Right then. She also taught me about the power of using God's Word to pray, inserting our husband's or our children's names into the Scriptures as we pray.
Last week at Bible Study, a fellow leader questioned, "Are we just bringing our children to church or are we bringing them to Jesus?" It's a powerful question, one that has eternal consequences. While it will ultimately be our children's personal decision to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, there are ways that we can be intentional in building hearts that will desire Jesus above all else.
"Are we just bringing our children to church or are we bringing them to Jesus?"
One way that I have been failing to bring my children to Jesus is through our prayer time, specifically bedtime prayers. We're all tired and it feels like we are just going through the motions. Redundant, repetitive, unengaged prayers are not going to draw my children nearer to Jesus.
Which of these prayers shows my children that I have a personal relationship with Jesus and that they should desire to have one as well?
1. Dear God, thank you for this day. Thank you for _______. Please watch over us as we sleep and keep us safe until the morning. Amen. Go to sleep.
2. Father God, I praise you as the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Thank you for being with ______ today as another child said unkind words to him. I pray for your comfort over him so that he can comfort other friends in any trouble. I pray that _______ would be strong and courageous, that ________ would do everything in love. It is in your Son Jesus' name that we pray. Amen.
It's not about the words, but it's about His Word, and it's most importantly about the relationship.
11 Scriptures To Pray Over Your Child:
1. "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love." -1 Corinthians 16:13-14
2. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." -2 Corinthians 1:3-4
3. "Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character." -1 Corinthians 15:33-34
4. "This is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." -2 Corinthians 12:10
5. "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." -2 Corinthians 13:14
6. "Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else." -Galatians 6:4
7. "In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." -Ephesians 3:12
8. "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." -Ephesians 4:2
9. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." -Ephesians 4:29
10. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7
11. "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." -Colossians 2:6-7
Do you feel like you have fallen into a prayer time rut? What Scriptures do you pray for your children? I would love to hear your suggestions for praying with and for your kids.
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