Have you ever thought about how food makes us grow? Pause a moment and think about it.
Our food converts to energy and then we find ourselves growing as our bodies use up that energy.
I’d love to share a few things that I have learned about the analogy above and its similarity to prayer. One of the reasons we pray is to activate God’s Word, through the Holy Spirit, in our lives. As we take it in the Word of God and store it up, it helps us grow into mature Christians.
How does this Word gets translated into what can benefit our children’s spirit and cause growth to happen in their lives? By activation in prayer! It’s no wonder the Bible says in James 5:16b about the power of prayer:
“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
As Christian parents, when we expose our children to God’s Word – His instructions – and do our best to raise them as God commanded, our children will connect to the vine who is Jesus and grow up into branches that reach out to the world.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5
Mama do you know the importance of prayer or how POWERFUL and effective it is? Prayer is what gives power to all our instructions and teachings. I particularly love how this Scripture reads in The Passion Translation:
“…for tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer!” James 5:16 TPT
Your passionate prayers for your children will make a difference! Your prayers will give wings, as they make tremendous power available, to you as a child of God and as a mother. Therefore, sister, you should invest time in making Holy Spirit power available for your child to experience God, by praying for them.
Often, we worry about our children and how things will turn out for them in the future. But we can trust them to God in prayer. Remember, prayer is where power is made available to transform God’s promises over your child into reality. Make praying for your child a lifestyle. Pray all manner of prayers as God’s word commands us. Pray about every area of your child’s life, especially their hearts to be soft to Jesus all the days of their lives. Pray for the people who they will meet and talk to, their friends, teachers, school, work, their future wives or husbands. There is nothing too spectacular or too mundane for God to handle. Then, go beyond that, and teach your child to pray. Help them to see and understand the importance of prayer and the efficacy of it. Be a praying parent who prays with their children and then watches God answer.
If you have not been yielding power through prayer, or praying daily, today is a good time to start.
Here are some specific prayers for your children to help you get started. Pray and ask God to give you prayers for your own kids.
- Lord, I thank You that You love my child. I pray today that they come to understand and embrace Your love as they seek to develop a relationship with you.
- Lord, keep my child’s heart safe from the fiery darts of the evil one, that may attempt to bring confusion and doubts about Your love. As my child grows, I pray that they grow in wisdom and stature, and the fear of God becomes their guide for life.
- Lord, protect my child from danger, sicknesses, and diseases that may attempt to ravage their body in
Jesus name. Amen
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for the desire You have put in our hearts to will and to do Your good pleasure by praying for our children. Help us to put ourselves in the position where power is constantly generated for our children. If we find ourselves getting discouraged about some unanswered prayers, we ask that you strengthen us and help our unbelief. Thank You Father, as we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen”