Prayers For My Daughter (Part 3)

It’s time again to continue my mini-series of posts discussing the prayers we should offer for our children.  Be sure and take time to go back and read Part 1 and Part 2.

  • PASSION FOR GOD (Psalm 63:1-8)- I was recently having a talk with my daughter about going to middle school next year and all the new challenges she will undoubtedly face.  Not one to pass up a teachable moment, we ended the conversation by discussing how she needs to maintain her focus on God regardless of the environment around her.  Like the 63rd Psalm, we should long for the company of our God who provides a safe haven for us during any time of need.  Pray that your children find this kind of intimacy and develop a genuine passion for God.
  • PURITY (Psalm 51:10)- When King David wrote this psalm following his sin of adultery and murder, he pleaded with God to cleanse his heart and spirit.  It’s no surprise to say that godly morals are on the decline in our society today, so we must pray for our children’s purity while they are growing up in a world that tries to defile them.  And when they make mistakes and sin, we must pray, like David, that God create in them a clean heart that desires to serve him.
  • GENEROSITY (1 Timothy 6:18-19)- To say that my family and I are blessed would be a gross understatement.  In fact, if you’re reading this, it means you probably have a nice expensive phone or computer with internet access, so suffice it to say that you’re blessed too.  But not everybody in this world has it as good as the majority of us.  That’s why we must pray for and teach our children the concept of generosity.  The verse referenced above tells us to be rich in good works, to be generous, thus storing up treasure in what really matters.  Help your kids to know that all that we have and all that we are belongs to God.  It’s our job to use our blessings to generously show God’s love to others.
  • SELF-ESTEEM (Ephesians 2:10)- Kids can sure be mean sometimes.  Trust me, I know.  I’m around third graders all day long.  In their haste to fit in with the crowd, our children can have all kinds of ugly things happen or said to them.  This is why we should pray for our children to have a healthy view of themselves.  This isn’t some kind of pretentious outlook either where they believe the entire world revolves around them.  This is a godly self-esteem that believes they are truly precious in the eyes of God.  Pray that your children know that they are the very workmanship of God.
  • GRATITUDE (Ephesians 5:20)- Have you ever given your child something and been offered a look of, “Is that all?”  I can’t imagine any parent being able to answer “no” to that question.  We human beings tend to have the ingrained ability to grumble and complain about our circumstances, and our children are no different.  In fact, they may have even learned that attitude from you!  Nevertheless, we should pray that our children exemplify a heart of gratitude, always giving thanks to God for what he’s blessed us with.  And be sure to live that attitude as well, because your children will most definitely follow your example.

That ends our five things today on what to pray about for your children.  Make sure to check out the next and final post in this series and start praying for the virtues that we’ve already covered.

-Joe Butler

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