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Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street. Lamentations 2:19 ESV
Having children makes a mother feel so vulnerable. Of course you love your child, and while we can’t control everything, we can surely pray for everything. Here are my best prayers for moms.
I recently read something from Leslie Ludy that really impacted me. She said that during busy times of motherhood we shouldn’t let our prayer life hit the back burner. She said it’s the times we barely have time to pray that we actually need prayer the most.
In fact, it’s during these times we can’t afford to not pray!
Lately I’ve been thinking about what my kids will face as they grow up and I’m determined, among the “urgency” of daily life, to pray for specific things in their future. Not just who they’ll marry or what they’ll be when they grow up (although these are great prayers) but for other less obvious things.
Here are the things I think all moms should pray for their children.
1. Timely wisdom
The first consistent prayer I prayed with my firstborn – that God routinely answered – was for timely wisdom. I asked that God would lead me to the right person, bit of advice, tip or hunch that would help me manage life with a child. Without fail I’d hear someone offer how they did things, read a certain passage in a book, or have a light bulb moment and BHAM… opportunity to put it into practice.
I now pray God will give me timely wisdom so that I can do my best to do what’s best for each child as they grow and change. It doesn’t mean there aren’t hurdles (trouble will come… John 16:33), but that I can see God actively moving in our day to day life.
2. God would keep them on a short leash
The pastor at my former church said he routinely prayed God would keep their son on a short leash. That his sins wouldn’t remain hidden and undiscovered. “Ha ha ha, poor kid,” I thought at the time, but now I see what they were getting at. Sin thrives in darkness! Trouble that’s hidden can multiply without intervention.
Now… I don’t mean that I need to keep my children on a short leash. I just pray that God would never let them stray too far without shining a light. We must teach our children and guide them in wisdom and discernment, but I think this prayer is just another level of protection. You teach your children not to walk into traffic, but you still hold their hands at busy intersections, don’t you?
3. Avoid the wrong crowd
If only parents could choose every person who has influence over our children… Alas, we absolutely cannot. We can teach them to find friends of high character who are kind and fun, but we’re not with our children 24/7. The Bible is clear, “Do not be misled, bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33). And we don’t want to raise foolish children or those who keep company of fools either.
I pray that my children will find friends who are encouraging, uplifting, and challenging. Not people who are just like them or cool or whatever else society says, but kids of good character. And I pray God will protect them from being attracted to the wrong crowds and getting sucked into groups and situations that cause their downfall.
4. Short accounts
My discipleship course leader used this phrase often…
“Keep short accounts.”
It meant to not let uneasy situations, unresolved conflicts, decisions, or problems linger until they become mountains. Don’t let misunderstandings become feuds. One grievance needn’t mean the end of a friendship. I pray that my children will learn to make the decisions weighing heavy on their shoulders. To forgive quickly when appropriate, and to be willing to confront in love in a timely manner.
It’s easier to move on from a situation when it hasn’t taken up permanent residence in your brain for decades. I don’t want my children going into adulthood with unnecessary baggage. There will be hard times that will scar the most resilient of people, so being able to let go of these weights will help them be more free as adults.
5. God would be real to them
We don’t have to “prove God exists” on our own to our children. Luckily, God is perfectly able and willing to prove He exists if we give Him opportunity in our home. Psalm 3:8 says “Salvation belongs to the Lord.” Whew. That’s a load off. Because it’s enough to feed them, clothe them, and daily dispose of their bodily fluids without also being single-handedly responsible for their salvation.
It is most definitely my job to create an environment in our home where God is welcome and where His principles are taught and followed. Where love is shown, grace is given, and where people are loved and welcome no matter what they believe or do. But I also pray that God would answer their prayers. That He’d speak to them through the Bible and dreams. That they would know deep deep down in their own hearts that He is real. And that He is for them.
We do our job as parents and then we must leave the rest to God.
Luckily, He’s up to the challenge.
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I thank you, Heavenly Father, for opening my eyes today. You have blessed me with another chance to breathe again. You have surrounded me with people who are always there for me. I thank you for health and strength and for your daily guidance in my life.
Deuteronomy 23:14 For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.
Heavenly Father, my heart reaches out to the single moms. Please help and guide them. Protect them from evil. Bless them with the necessary finances so they can take good care of their family.
May they be able to sustain their children’s needs with love and guidance throughout their lives. Each and every day, fill their cupboards with food and their closets with clothes. Fulfill their daily needs.
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Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that you lift up every single mom who is struggling right now. I believe your love is everlasting and faithful.
Have mercy on these independent moms and their children. Send them help from Zion and fulfill their requests. Let an abundance of the fruits of the Holy Spirit pour out to them and their families.
Touch the hearts of all who come across them. Use them, heal them and allow them to heal others through your power of healing.
Increase their finances so they can afford their food, clothing, and shelter. Fill them with love and compassion so that they can allow be an example for their children and lead them to you.
Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
In your unfailing love, deliver them from their anxieties, loneliness, troubles, and pain. Show them your loving kindness, for you are worthy. Break every chain in their lives and bind and cancel out every lie and contract from the enemy. You did not die in vain, Lord. You are great!
Prosper these single moms in whatever they do, water their seeds and continue to allow them to flourish. Allow them to take refuge in you. Shield them with your wings. Keep their lamps fueled with fire and a door open that no man, devil or demon can close.
Surround them with your army of angels and let these angels be their protective shield as well. Command your angels to guard them each and every day in their homes as well as on the streets. And with your sword, block off every attack from the enemy.
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Blessings of the Holy Spirit
Let your Holy Spirit fill their hearts and set a guard over it. Let the Holy Spirit also guide them in areas of their lives where they need answers or comfort. Bind, cancel and remove all people from their lives who are harmful for their walk with you.
Direct their paths and keep them from the hour of tribulation. It will bring great joy to my heart to see these single moms and their families and friends rise up in the clouds on the day of your return and enter your gates with thanksgiving as you crown them with your love and the reward of your everlasting kingdom.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit for everything you have done and also your angels up in heaven who I love. I know you have heard my request and it has arrived to you. Immediately pour out your blessings, in your faithfulness, deliver us.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And Lord, tonight as they lay their head down to sleep take all her anxieties and pain away and replace it all with your peace. Lord, please give them peace of mind and help to renew their mind to forget all the pain in their heart, in Jesus name, Amen.
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Praying for our children is a privilege and a blessing. We can change their lives by boldly approaching the Throne of Grace with their hearts, but sometimes it’s hard to know what or how to pray. Join with me as we explore a daily guide to prayer for moms.
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I became a Christian at the age of 7 and a mom at the age of 25. In those 18 years in between, one thing that I struggled with consistently was my prayer life. I would try to pray throughout the day, and I would really focus on it before going to bed each night, but my mind would wander or I would fall asleep or the phone would ring or I suddenly needed to clip my fingernails or…you get my point.
I prayed more during my pregnancy than I had before. I would try to dedicate time each day to prayer, but again, distractions came. I prayed the best I could for my girl, especially focusing on praying Scripture over her, but I wasn’t satisfied.
Then, a few days after Selah was born, I looked down at those chubby cheeks and tiny hands and I knew. I knew I needed to pray for her. I knew I need to become a mom who prays.
But how? When you’ve struggled with something for 18 years, it doesn’t just suddenly come naturally. Again, I’ve struggled. I’ve made a commitment to pray for her every day, but it’s usually not very long. I want it to be longer, but inevitably, something happens or (I know I’m not alone on this one) I just don’t know what to pray.
To be honest, I think that’s my struggle. I don’t know what to pray. I pray for blessings and peace and the Holy Spirit to fall on her. I cover any struggles that she’s having, and I ask for mercy and grace and joy. All that takes approximately 90 seconds, though, and then I’m stuck.
So I start claiming Scripture over her, but then I’m distracted by a story in the Bible, and then I’m thinking how I’m going to explain that to her when she’s older, and then suddenly it’s 20 minutes later and she’s up from her nap.
I’ve tried reading books and listening to sermons on prayer, but they haven’t helped. Then, scrolling through DaySpring one day, I stumbled across this book: Prayers of Promise by Roy Lessin. In a haste, I ordered it, and it is changing my prayer life.
This daily prayer guide was written by the co-founder of DaySpring, Roy Lessin. He has prayed countless prayers over his children and grandchildren, and from those prayers, he crafted this book to encourage others to do the same.
The book is divided into ten sections. Each section includes six prayers and promises that focus on a specific heartfelt need within the life of a child.
Each prayer is based upon the promises of God, assuring that we are praying in accordance with God’s will. These promises can be prayed over children in any stage of life, and they help parents to build their own foundation of prayer.
The sections include: the power of blessing, the comfort of protection, the beauty of character, the joys of community, the proclamation of praise, the benefits of growth, the impact of courage, the power of purpose, the privilege of knowing God, and spiritual growth.
Some of the promises are: legacy, Kingdom power, holiness, strength, eternal life, truth in relationships, courage, spiritual blessings, provision, and worship.
While journeying through this book, you can go in order like I’ve been doing, or you can use the table of contents to choose specific prayers. For older children, you could choose a specific area that they struggle in and focus on those promises and prayers.
The prayers in this book shouldn’t be the only ones that you pray over your children. But if you’re like me, and you just don’t know what to pray, they are a wonderful starting point. Using the promise given, you can search Scripture for related verses and begin praying those over your children as well, strengthening the foundation of your prayer life even more.
Come study with me!
This book has changed my prayer life so much that I want to share it with you! I have created a Facebook group for readers of this blog called Small Town Soul Society, and starting October 2nd, we will be studying Prayers of Promise together every day. We’ll journey through the first two sections together, ending on October 17th.
The topics we will be covering are: learning God’s voice, nearness, meaning and purpose, freedom, strength, victory, favor, care, abundance, acceptance, answered prayer, and holiness.
Each day, I’ll hop on Facebook live for a few minutes and read the promise of that day. Then, I’ll share with you other scriptures that explore that promise, as well as more of what God desires for our children in that area. We’ll end the time by sharing any prayer requests and praying for our children.
This will be a wonderful time to join other moms in praying for our children. I’d love for each of us to have a copy of the book so that we can look through it together, and so that when we’re finished with our study together, you can journey through the rest of the book on your own.
So come join our Facebook group to take part in the book study starting October 2nd, 2017! Order your book >>here