Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalms 127:3
After being up late watching the Cowboys play football, getting up early for work, standing on my feet most of the day, and then coming home to take care of kids, I was exhausted last night to say the least. I was sitting in the recliner going over spelling bee words with my oldest while timing my middle one while she read and my youngest was in my lap watching Moana. My eyes were drooping, and I was struggling. I just wanted to go to bed.
Finally, I convinced everyone to the back and sat in my bed watching “Toodles” aka “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” with Witten while the girls played in their room. It was getting later, and I knew everyone would be okay if I dozed off momentarily. But of course, that never gets to happen. Witten wanted up and down from the bed, and the girls started arguing.
Motherhood is a constant battle. Sometimes it’s just a battle to get it all done. Sometimes it’s just a battle to stay awake. Other times it’s a battle to know if you’re doing it all right. And when you’re in battle, there’s only one way to fight, and that my friends, is through prayer. Only through Jesus Christ will you have victory.
If you are not praying for your children and your role as their parent, then today is the day to start. Because let me tell you something, your children are in battle too every single day, and they need to be covered in the blood of Jesus before their feet even step on the floor in the morning.
Our children face a world today that we never would have imagined when we were kids, and we’re facing the same world as parents. It’s constantly changing and fueled by technology and social media. Every single detail of our lives is plastered across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our kids have to deal with this, so Momma and Daddy, you better get on your knees. Temptation is everywhere for us and them. They will only be able to overcome through the power of the Holy Spirit.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Revelation 12:11a
Every morning I pray for my children during my quiet time. I started keeping a journal for prayers and Scriptures several years ago. Through these years, my list has grown for the prayers of my children. I continue to add to that list and pray over them, as well as my role as a parent. Below are the things I pray each day.
Conviction of sin
- Free from the need of other’s approval
- Experience God as a rewarder
- Love for God’s Word
- Submission to God
- Christ-like attitudes
- Godly friends
- Share the love of Jesus
- Their focus be on Jesus
- Priorities stay straight
- Hearts of service
- That their feet will go where He sends them
- Godly spouses
- Minds transformed by God’s Word
- Hearts follow after Jesus
- No corrupt word come from their mouths
I know that seems like a lot, but I know that part of my job as a parent is to go to war for my kids. I know I need to be on my knees for each and everyone of my children.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16b
Won’t you join me in praying for your children today? Trust me, they’re counting on it!