This weekend, I had the pleasure of going to a Moms in Prayer Retreat in Southern California. There is nothing like being in a room of charged up moms and grandmas who want to pray for their kids and their schools to be places where Christ is glorified!
There are so many things I learned or was moved by…I want to share with you three of these things to cheer you on in your prayer life – and specifically praying for your kids if you have them.
1. Pray the Word of God. I love this truth…when your learn more Bible verses, you are increasing the vocabulary of the Holy Spirit in your life. Isn’t that cool? I want God be able to speak to me in great detail, and one way to do that is to study and memorize God’s Word.
You can take many verses and add your child’s name (or someone else’s) when you pray:
Search ____ (insert name) O God and know his/her heart. Test him/her and know his/her anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in him/her and lead him/her in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
Lord, may _____ (insert name) take joy in doing Your will. May Your instructions be written on his/her heart. (Psalm 40:8)
See how easy it is? See how powerful it is…you know you praying God’s will, in agreement with God, because it is right from the Bible.
2. Right where you are in life, pray. You don’t have to wait until such-and-such happens to pray. There is no perfect season of life devoid of busyness to pray for your kids and others. If you have kids all around your ankles and you’re drowning in laundry and chicken nuggets, you may be only able to pray and read the Bible for five minutes. That’s okay – just DO IT!
3. Praying gives you joy. What a thrill to see over and over the connection between prayer and happiness. Psalm 32:1 says “Happy is the man whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” When you confess your sins to God in prayer, you don’t feel guilty or condemned. You feel joy! God will lift your burden for you.
So I pray for you dear reader, “may you take joy in doing God’s will. May His instructions be written on your heart.” (Psalm 40:8)
By the way, if you have school aged kids or grandkids, do yourself a favor…look for a Moms in Prayer group to pray over your kids and their schools or colleges. It’s so cool – you will love it!