Parents may not fully realize it now, with the constant demands, joys and challenges (and sheer exhaustion!) of parenting, but those little ones really do grow up all too quickly. We want and desperately need God’s help in blessing our children. An earlier article (2 weeks ago) first dealt with this theme. Here’s some additional suggestions for praying for the little ones in your life.
1) Pray that wisdom and biblical discernment would be their constant friend (Proverbs 2:3-5; Philippians 1:9-11), and that they’d live by the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12).
2) Pray that your children will always be thankful to God for His grace and goodness and to people for their expressions of kindness (Colossians 3:15; Psalm 103:2).
3) Pray that your kids fully develop and utilize their gifts and talents so they can use them to praise and glorify God (1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 10:31).
4) Pray that they NOT harden their hearts, but keep them pure and tender (Matthew 5:8; Ephesians 4:32; Psalm 51:10-12).
5) Pray that God will prepare them a faithful Christian spouse who will love and cherish them and help them get home to heaven (1 Peter 3:7).
6) Pray that they will be far more loving, knowledgeable and effective in the service of God than we have been (Psalm 78:6; 102:18; 2 Timothy 2:2). It is natural for parents to want their kids to have a better life. Why not pray this to be true spiritually as well?
I still pray these for our children, but now I also pray them for our grandkids too! The seasons of life come and go, but the word of God is ever fresh and applicable (Matthew 24:35). The greatest thing you can do for your family is to take them to the throne of grace early and often! (Hebrews 4:16).