Praying for them starts early…before birth! That’s when you begin praying for everything. Pray for their salvation, for wisdom to train them in God’s Word, for their purity, for their love for God to grow, and for them to desire to serve the Lord in whatever direction God has for them. I even begin praying for their future mate in marriage!
I understand more and more what it means to Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). I have found that all day as my family is in my heart and mind, I talk things over with the Lord. (I always hope no one catches me in my conversations with the Lord, and think I’m talking to myself!)
I encourage you to keep a prayer journal, and be sure to list each of your children in it and their specific needs in their lives. This will keep you faithfully praying for their needs and oh, the joy to check off those answers to prayer!
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy father, which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.[/quote] (Matthew 6:6)
Every child needs a mom that will be willing to grab the hem of God’s garment and beg Him for areas of her children’s lives that she knows are not right, or in areas where they are struggling. There have been many times when alone with God, I bow before Him (whether on my knees beside my bed or flat on the floor before God) and humbly beg God to work in my life to help me understand their need, for wisdom to help them, and for them to understand the wrong decision they are making or the wrong attitude they have toward God or any of their authorities in life. Many times there are situations that are so crucial in my child’s life that I feel I want God’s attention so desperately, that it means I must fast, or go without food for a period of time. How long you fast is between you and God.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.[/quote] (I Peter 5:8)
The battle for your child’s life is real! Don’t think it’s just a stage he’s going through! Prayer is a language of love where we pick up our sword and shield. But the power is not in me! I must empty myself of my wicked ways of PRIDE!
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.[/quote] (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
Love them enough to humbly fight the battle on your knees.