As parents, the desire to give to your children is limitless: You desire for them to grow in their relationship with Jesus; you want them to be safe and protected from negative influences and dangerous situations; you want them to become well-rounded, productive individuals. There are a multitude of things that you may want your children to have, to be, and to experience. And although you may be limited in what you can physically offer them, through prayer, you can obtain all that Jesus desires to give them.
Good and successful parenting and childrearing takes strength, wisdom, patience, faith, insight, courage, fight, and divine love. But if you want to give your children the very, very best, and if you want to do your very, very best for them, give them your prayers!
Pray, instead of waiting for problems to crop up, and you’ll be heading many difficulties and problems off at the pass. Pray, and you’ll be doing your part to help set your children up for life.
As many of you parents have experienced, there will be times when you feel like your hands are tied regarding how to help your child. You’ll feel like you’ve done all you could, and nothing seems to work. The truth is that there is always more you can do. You can always pray for your children, and it will bring results.
You’ll never be without a job when it comes to childrearing. Your children are your children for the rest of your lives, and even when they are grown and have children of their own, you can still be interceding on their behalf through your prayers.
A Prayer List for Your Child
Here is a sample prayer list for you to use during your times of prayer for your child. You can personalize this list to more accurately suit you and your child’s individual needs and situation, or create one for yourself.
Relationship with Jesus and spiritual growth
• That they will experience and come to know Jesus and His love in a personal way
• That their love and appreciation of God’s Word will develop and grow
• That they will grow in maturity; exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in their lives: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance
Overall development, character building, and interpersonal relationships
• That they will have a positive impact on the lives of their friends, peers, and elders they come in contact with
• That they will learn obedience to me, their parent, out of love
• That they will establish friendships with those who will have a positive influence on them, and whom they can positively influence
• For ongoing progress in all areas of their development: spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional
• That I will regularly seek Jesus’ help, understanding, and wisdom in order to be the parent that He wants me to be
• That I can give them the assurance of unconditional love no matter what problems or difficulties arise, and that I can be a reflection of God’s everlasting love to them
• That I will be faithful to share with our children how important Jesus is to me and how He works in my life
• That I can teach them how to discern between right and wrong
Future and protection
• For life experiences and character growth that will enable and motivate them to fulfill the destinies that Jesus has for them
• For protection against physical danger, accidents, and sickness
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