Over the past week I’ve really felt the burden to turn my focus again to my children, praying specifically for their needs and for our family as a whole. I have found so much strength and encouragement from praying specifically over my children over the past two years.
About a year ago, I read The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartin, and it absolutely changed the way I think about and pray for my family. The book is broken into topical sections to guide your prayers over your children, from “Releasing My Child into God’s Hands” to “Feeling Loved and Accepted” to “Developing a Hunger for the Things of God”. There’s nothing magical about the book… just practical application of God’s word to different aspects of our children’s lives.
Reese was not even two when I read the book, but I think the truths are fitting for parents of children at any age, whether in the womb or out of the nest. We cannot pray for our children too much!
One of things that struck me was Stormie sharing how each summer on their family vacation she would ask the Lord during her quiet time to instruct her how to pray for her children in the coming year. As the year went on, of course she would add to her list, but in this way she would really focus in on the needs of her children.
I am praying again for a new spirit of wisdom and revelation about the needs of my children, for this time, and for the year ahead.
Lately, the specifics for Reese, for example, have been obedience and respect, and we’ve been teaching her Ephesians 6:1 (in her children’s Bible version): Children must always obey their parents. This pleases the Lord. (Yeah… I know what you’re thinking, if you know my little angel… pray harder, Lauren!)
But in all seriousness, the enemy and his schemes are real (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12), yet we have been given power over the enemy (Luke 10:19)…and that power in the name of the Lord,
and in using that name and His word in prayer.
“…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” -Ephesians 6:10-18