Every morning I sit down with my cup of coffee, my Bible, and a list of prayer requests floating around in my head.
You see, I’m a type A personality, which means I should have all of my prayers written out neatly in alphabetical order (or maybe chronological), right? But instead, the thought of writing down every single request overwhelms me. And that’s just every single request for my three children and husband. Not to mention my extended family, friends, neighbors, small group peeps…the list goes on and on and brings me to the point of no action.
Can any one else relate?
When it comes to praying for my kids, the thought is daunting — spiritual disciplines, character qualities, future endeavors, current struggles, purity, friendships, spouses, EEEK!
I realized a few things during this burst of anxiety. First of all, it’s not about me. It’s not about praying for every single request as if in my absence of praying for something God will totally screw my kids up. He is God and He actually loves them more than I do. He wants the best for them, which is for His Glory to be shown through their lives. It’s not about me and my list of requests.
Second of all, God does want me to intercede on my kids’ behalf. It is my role as their mom to lay them at the feet of Jesus. They are not mine. They are His — I just have the amazing responsibility of teaching them about Jesus and entrusting their lives in His hands.
Last of all, I realized I needed a resource to help me feel like I had a plan of attack in the war I’m waging on Christ’s behalf for my kids’ hearts. I found a post from Desiring God that has become such a blessing to me in praying for my kids. I have listed the bullet points below with verses that correspond. You can also read the full article here as well as find a link to a downloadable version of this list. Tuck it in your Bible and pray.
1. That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming.
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.(Matthew 19:13–15)
2. That they will respond in faith to Jesus’s faithful, persistent call.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
3. That they will experience sanctification through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and will increasingly desire to fulfill the greatest commandments.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
4. That they will not be unequally yoked in intimate relationships, especially marriage.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
5. That their thoughts will be pure.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
6. That their hearts will be stirred to give generously to the Lord’s work.
All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. (Exodus 35:29)
7. That when the time is right, they will GO!
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)