Prayers For My Daughter (Part 4)

Today is my last post in this 4 part series about the prayers we should pray for our children.  Be sure to go back and read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you haven’t already done so.

  • RESPONSIBILITY (Galatians 6:4-5)- In light of the most recent school shooting and all of the irresponsibility we have from people from all walks of life, it feels appropriate to talk about responsibility, or maybe the lack thereof.  Our society, for some reason, has grown into a group of people who want to take less and less responsibility for their actions.  That’s why we must pray for our children to learn to be responsible and test their own actions.  Our kids must learn that it’s not only about the rights afforded to them, but also the responsibilities they must shoulder as well.  They must learn this trait, because in the end, they will have to answer to the Almighty God for their actions.
  • MERCY (Luke 6:36)- I firmly believe there’s no better way for our children to learn the true mercy and forgiveness that our heavenly Father offers them than to pray for and exemplify that mercy ourselves.  The Bible specifically commands us to be merciful if we expect to receive mercy from God.  Fervently pray that your children show a merciful heart towards others when they are wronged.  It’s not always easy, but that way they may truly understand what God has done for them.
  • THE HEART OF A SERVANT (Ephesians 6:7)- This statement may be too much of a generality, but I believe the most detrimental thing affecting the growth of the church today is the fact that many Christians haven’t yet developed the heart of a servant after giving their lives to God.  More and more we are hearing Christians complain about the church not doing this or that, and instead we should be looking for ways that we can serve and be a blessing to the bride of Christ.  I have prayed for my daughter to have the heart of servant and I’ve seen the fruit of those prayers as she has taken up a leadership role in our church’s early childhood education program.  Just one more example of how God answers our prayers for our children.
  • HUMILITY (Titus 3:1-2)- In a world filled with a multitude of social media opportunities, it’s easy for our children to grow an unhealthy sense of vanity, as if the entire world centers around them.  In fact, this seems to be a problem across all age groups of people.  There’s never been a more important time to pray for the humility of our children so they can help contribute to showing the world how little we truly are.  When Christians and their children start living an example of godly humility, the world will definitely take notice.
  • HOPE (Romans 15:13)- This virtue seems an appropriate way to end this list of things we should pray for our children.  A Christian should have hope, and children seem to have a propensity for this, but we must pray for it anyway.  It’s hope that keeps us focused on God when trials or temptations come our way.  It’s hope that brings us joy at the end of our lives, knowing what awaits us in Heaven.  Pray that your children may receive this blessing from God and have the kind of hope that can only come from his Spirit.

I hope this series of posts has been as much a blessing to you as it was for me to write.  As you can see, we parents have a tremendous responsibility to raise our kids in a godly manner, and the truth is, we can’t do it alone.  We’ve got to pray wholeheartedly for the spiritual welfare of our children.  Let’s pray for their…

  1. salvation
  2. love
  3. honesty and integrity
  4. courage
  5. contentment
  6. perseverance
  7. compassion
  8. self-control
  9. love for God’s word
  10. faithfulness
  11. passion for God
  12. purity
  13. generosity
  14. self-esteem
  15. gratitude
  16. responsibility
  17. mercy
  18. the heart of a servant
  19. humility
  20. hope

This list was not meant to be exhaustive as I’m sure many of you can think of other ideas to pray for.  The important thing is that we pray, because these are prayers that I’m confident God will answer, for he wants us to be successful in this act of stewardship.

-Joe Butler

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