Yesterday, I began a series detailing how we should be praying for our children. Today we continue this series of blog posts and discuss the next five things that should be on our hearts when we talk to God on behalf of our children. If you haven’t already done so, read part 1 here.
- PERSEVERNACE (Hebrews 12:1)- If all of my readers were present here in front of me at this very moment and I asked if anyone had ever experienced any troubles in life, I have no doubt in my mind that every hand would go up. I wish it weren’t so, but trials are a part of life. We live in a sinful world where things don’t always work out as God intended. That’s why it’s essential that we pray that our children show perseverance while running the race of life. There are so many lessons to be learned by being persistent, and of course, the reward of Heaven awaits those who hold fast to following God.
- COMPASSION (Colossians 3:12)- This is another area where I’ve been blessed as a parent by having a daughter who exemplifies a compassionate and tender heart. It is something I continue to pray for on her behalf, because many people treat compassion with contingencies. We are commanded in God’s word to clothe ourselves with compassion. What does that look like? I believe we find the answer in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). We should show empathy and concern when we see someone hurting or struggling, and should we teach our children to do the same.
- SELF-CONTROL (1 Thessalonians 5:6)- At the sake of sounding a little pessimistic, we definitely live in a world where people refuse to accept responsibility for their words and actions. Prisons are full of people who have excuses for why they’re there. The reality is, being a Christian requires a tremendous amount of self-control. But we can’t do it on our own. Without God’s help, we’ll never come close to living a life of complete self-control. That’s why we must pray for our children to listen to God’s word and the urgings of the Holy Spirit so that their decisions are based on a godly standard and not on the world’s idea of what’s right.
- A LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD (Psalm 19:7-10)- Speaking of a godly standard, we can only understand that standard if we actually read God’s word. This is one area where I believe many Christian parents are failing their children today. It seems less Christians are opening their Bibles outside of a worship service, and even less are discussing biblical topics with their family at home. I’ve prayed consistently that my daughter will grow the kind of love for God’s word that’s mentioned in Psalm 19. That will only happen if I model that behavior myself so when she grows up, she’ll look to God’s word for guidance, encouragement, and instruction and not just follow the popular teachings of the day.
- FAITHFULNESS (Proverbs 3:3-4)- Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). If I could offer up only one prayer for my daughter’s faithfulness, it would be that she understand that we need not have all the answers. So many children growing up ask why and have a deep anxiety or angst at not receiving the answers they want to hear. God assures us that he always has our best interest at heart and to trust him with our life. I think this is a great prayer we can speak over our children.
That wraps up our five virtues today on what to pray for your children. Be sure to come back next time to the read the next post in this series.