Raising children is an enormous responsibility.
There are books a million on how to raise them, methods that may or may not work, milestones that must be achieved, and activities we feel are necessities in the hopes that we have done everything we can to give our kids the best childhood experience.
Yet so many times we forget the one thing that will do the most good. The one thing that doesn’t cost a dime, but the investment brings back a huge return. The one thing we are all capable of doing regardless of income or status.
I can remember my mother taking her Bible with her into her bedroom in the middle of the day, locking the door behind her, and hearing her pray for her marriage, daughters, family, and situations in her life. She would spend time crying before the Lord, pouring herself out before him, and then emerge with a confidence that her Lord had all of her most loved people and her deepest concerns in His hands.
Between homeschooling us, helping our father in his ministry at the church, assisting him in counseling others, leading a weekly women’s Bible study, discipling women individually in our home, and being a wife and mother, one would wonder how she had the time to stop in the midst of the busyness to pray.
“If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be.” -Wanda E. Brunstetter
But prayer, communication with God, was a priority to her. In retrospect, I doubt she would have been able to accomplish all she did in her days if she didn’t take the time to stop and pray. And I am so eternally thankful that she did.
She prayed for us.
She prayed for our future husbands when we were single.
She prayed for my marriage after my wedding, and she continued to pray for my husband.
She prayed for God’s direction in my life.
I cannot say that I stop in the middle of my day like she did, but because of her example, I find myself in constant communication with the Lord.
While I’m hanging or folding laundry, washing dishes, cooking dinner, cleaning a bathroom, or ever showering, I tell God everything about my day, children, husband, responsibilities and life. He already knows about all of it, but verbally talking to Him takes the heaviness of responsibility off of my shoulders and places them into His more than capable hands.
As I pray for my children specifically, this has become the prayer of my heart. I don’t want to leave their futures to chance. Instead, I prayerfully lay their futures at His feet as I take them to Him daily.
For this I pray…
I pray that you grow to follow the Lord… and that I am a good example to you both.
I pray that you come to know the Lord personally and that you ask Jesus into your heart at an early age.
I pray that God always pours His blessings upon you and grants you favor in everything you do.
I pray that you become like Joseph, full of integrity and everything you touch will be blessed.
I pray that you are like Abraham and are considered a friend of God.
I pray that you are like Daniel, displaying wisdom and courage in every situation.
I pray that you are like David, and become a woman and man after God’s own heart.
I pray that you are like Esther and find favor with those in authority over you and that you do great things one day.
I pray that you are like Moses, great leaders and yet known as the humblest of all.
I pray that you can make a request like Jabez and that God will grant you what you request.
I pray that God covers you with His hand, hedge, and shield of protection at all times.
I pray that your hearts always be softened to the Lord and that you are always able to hear His voice.
I pray that the voices of God and your parents are heard louder than the voices of those around you who may speak negatively in your direction.
I pray that you grow up to be like Jesus- kind, compassionate, wise, gentle, ready to give an answer, pure, in a deep relationship with our Heavenly Father- and that you grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man.