News reports and tears. How could they not go together at times?
I don’t think my momma’s heart can handle watching the live footage of Oklahoma after a tornado, not when it crushed a school with other women’s babies inside.
Still I wake up this morning and the next and the next and I rush my children through the routine and watch the clock count down the minutes to the school bus’s arrival at the end of our driveway. I kiss blond heads and say the simple things: Have a good day. Behave. Learn lots. I love you.
The temptation is always there to snatch them up and try to hide them from a world out of control and full of so much evil and such pain.
But here is my daily choice: To parent in Fear or to parent in Faith.
It’s prayer that faith-parenting demands: this incessant and heart-all-in-it intercession for our kids because we just aren’t enough to protect them from everything and we can’t ever do it all right on our own.
Today, I’m choosing to pray around the clock for my kids:
7:00 a.m., before they wake–For Me:
Lord, please help me be the mom You want me to be today. I give this day to You right from the beginning. Forgive me for yesterday’ s mistakes and give me grace for a new day. I trust You for the wisdom, strength, grace, patience, and energy I need to do this most important job. Thank You for trusting me with the care of this family.
7:30 a.m., as they wake–Praise and Thanksgiving:
Thank You for these children, Lord. They are so unique. I see how this one hops out of bed with joy and how this girl drags her blanket and stumbles out to the sofa for a slow move into the day. Help me remember how they are each a precious treasure.
8:25, the school bus arrives–For Safety.
Lord, I trust them into Your hands today and ask for their safety. Please watch over them. Even when they are with me, I can’t get it all right and don’t know how to protect them from everything. Your hands are so much bigger than mine, Lord. Please hold them in Your hands today. Keep them safe from evil and those who want to hurt them. Protect them physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
8:50, school begins– For their school (or work);
God, please help my children be seekers of truth. Grow in them the skills, the knowledge, the abilities they need to fulfill Your plans for them. I pray that You will choose the perfect teachers who will be an encouragement to my kids, will help them discover the joy in learning, and will know exactly how to guide, direct and care for them today. Thank You for these teachers, school staff and administrators. Please give them wisdom, strength, energy, and joy.
12:00, lunch time–For health and physical disciplines:
Lord, I pray that You will be the healer and protector for my children. Help them to make wise choices about eating, exercising, and their bodies. Show them how to say “no” and stand firm against addictions and harmful substances. Give them a healthy body image so they will care for the body You’ve given them, but they will not fall for the lies of this world about beauty. Remind them that they are beautiful the way You made them. Please protect them from any struggle with eating disorders.
1:00, recess—For friendships and relationships:
Father, Proverbs says: “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Prov. 13:20 NIV). Help my children make wise decisions about their friendships and relationships. Show them how to love others, be kind to all, reach out to the ignored, the ostracized, and the downtrodden. Give them compassionate hearts. But please help them choose close friends who will lead them to Jesus and not encourage or dare them to rebel and walk astray.
For their future dating relationships and marriages, I ask now for wisdom and purity. Let them be passionate about pursuing You above all and let a passion for You be what attracts them to others. Prepare them for their future as friends, wives, and moms and give them the relationship skills they need now to fulfill those roles later.
3:45, school ends and afternoon and evening activities begin—For their future:
Lord, You know the exact plans You have for each of my children. I ask that You will reveal their gifts and hone each of their talents so they can use them for Your glory. Give them hearts that are passionate for You and Your will and help them choose to walk in Your ways in all things. I ask that You will teach them discipline, faithfulness, and hard work so they don’t give up too soon, but instead always strive for excellence, giving their very best offerings as praise to You.
8:00, bedtime—For their salvation and their walk with God:
Above all, Lord, I ask that You draw the hearts of these children to You. Help them to know You as their Lord and Savior and let that be personal, real and life-changing. Stir up passion in them for Your Word, for worship, and for the things of God. I place them into Your hands again this night, trusting them to Your care. Please don’t let them be afraid, but to learn to trust You and turn to You for whatever help they ever need.
In Jesus’ name….Amen.
Interested in learning more ways to pray for your children? My favorite resource is Stormie Omartian’s The Power of a Praying® Parent. She also wrote a book specifically for parents of adults: The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, will be released in the Fall of 2013! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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