Prayers offered up by parents are not magical mantras
They are heart-felt, scriptural cries to our God, who cares for our children more than we do.
When I first became a parent, I didn’t know how to pray for my kids. What should I say? What do they really need? What words should I use?
But I discovered… it’s not all that hard.
I just needed to relax, think about what God Himself wants for all of us, and ask Him for those things in the hearts and minds and lives of my kids.
That made it a lot simpler for the prayers of this parent to become more meaningful.
So how do I pray?
In fact, my prayers for my kids have become shorter and more to the point the older they’ve gotten.
I think that’s partly because I remember my teens and twenties better than I do my childhood. And that’s where my kids are at now.
I remember the struggle with:
- peer pressure
- self identity
- emotions, and more.
I’m able to enter in to their lives and the struggles they are having through my own memories…
and those memories inform and fuel my prayers.
Some examples of what I pray
The following prayers are straight from my morning journal… things I’ve written out as prayers on behalf of my kids.
There’s nothing magical in them. Nothing super spiritual.
Just the caring heart of a Daddy asking his Daddy to care for his kids.
My prayers for my kids are nothing fancy
Just heart-felt… and aligned as well as I can manage with the things I know God wants for my kids.