Welcome back to Thoughtful Thursday. We are working through “Power of a Praying Parent” . If you are just joining us stop by here to get started: Introduction
Chapter 1: Becoming A Praying Parent
“It’s never too early and never too late. At every stage of their lives our children need and will greatly benefit from our prayers.” -S. Omartian
This is a great sentiment to start out the new year! Being a praying parent is a process of becoming a praying parent. There is no parent that prays perfectly but the idea is that we can always start the journey, so why wait!
As you look at your own life where are you on the journey? Here are some thoughts and ideas…
“I’m a newbie.” Some have never considered focused prayer for a child to be part of our job description. Welcome! Anyone can start anytime. First, be encouraged by scripture that you are to pray for your child.
“Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!
Lift your hands to him
for the lives of your children”
Second, know that there is no wrong way to have a conversation with God. He longs to hear your voice. Talk to him. While you do dishes and listen to your children play, thank Him for their presence. When you are exasperated with their behavior ask God to give them obeying hearts. As you drop them off at school don’t hesitate to reach out and talk to God about your hopes and fears for their day.
“I pray regularly for my child, but want to do better.” You have come to the right place. There are those of us who think of our children in times of prayer but long for a more fruitful prayer life or just need encouragment to continue what often seems like an endless quest. You too should be encouraged by scripture:
“Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” Ephesians 6:17-18
Be refreshed. Be reminded that the Bible is full of encouraging words and scriptures that we can pray on behalf of our child. Don’t feel stuck in a rut, instead know that God has armed you with the right tools to lift up your child uniquely in prayer, praise and petition. Ask God to give your heart eyes to see how you might better cover your child in prayer.
“Begin by submitting yourself to God and asking Him to help you be the parent and intercessor He wants you to be. Pray as the Holy Spirit leads you, as you listen to His prompting in your heart for your child.”
-Omartian page 29