“Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.” – Matthew 19:13
Whether you are a parent or a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or just a friend, there is definitely some child somewhere that you can pray for. There’s no stipulations on it. You don’t have to be the paternal one to pray for a child. But if you are, you should definitely be praying for yours and their friends. These are scary times that we live in today. Schools are not the same as they were when we were growing up. Children are exposed to more and more everyday that we never had to deal with. Having one in Junior High now and hearing some of the things that go on there is flat out frightening. That’s why I’ve started praying for my kids everyday.
Well it goes a little deeper than that as I’ve always prayed for them, I just never really knew how to pray specifically for them. You know how it goes when you tend to start to pray for something it always kind of feels like the same old thing and ends up in the same place. Luckily, we go to one of these great little churches in Katy Texas, Katy Community Fellowship, and they did a little thing on exactly how to pray for your kids or children that you are associated with if you don’t have kids. Basically you pray for a specific purpose and plan in their lives based on a quick daily prayer for a specific purpose or guidance or need in their lives. Here’s how it goes:
That they will have a true understanding of their need of God (Rom. 3:10-13:23). That they will know Christ as Savior early in life (Psa. 63:1, Matt. 19:14).
That God will protect them from the evil one in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional & physical (John 17:15). That they will be confident in who they are – finding their identity and self-worth in Christ alone (Gen. 1:27; 2 Cor. 5:17; Philippians 1:20).
That they will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong friends (Prov. 1:10-11; 18:24; 1 Cor. 15:33). That they will have a genuine respect for those in authority over them (Eph. 6:1-3; Rom. 13:1).
That they will learn to resist ungodly ways and submit themselves fully to God (James 4:7-10). That they will be caught when guilty (Psalm 119:71).
That they will remain morally and sexually pure (1 Cor. 6:18-20). That they will seek out the Godly spouse that God is preparing for them (Gen. 2:18-24; Matt. 19:6).
That they will be single-hearted — sold out to Christ! (Prov. 4:23; Rom. 12:1-2; Heb. 12:2). That they will develop the character of Christ and good work habits in school and the tasks assigned to them (Col. 3:23; 2 Tim. 2:15).
That they will develop an attitude of gratefulness and contentment (1 Thess. 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-7). Finally, pray that you will be the parent God wants you to be. Loving and leading them in a way that draws them to the Savior (Deut. 6:4-9; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4).
They gave us this nice little card that has all this laid out on it so now all I have to do is wake up and it’s become a part of my daily quiet time first thing in the morning. Great thing that I’ve found out about it is that it not only is good to pray this for kids, but also for those that are lost.