I love God, my husband, my kids, and the life I have in Jesus. But sometimes I let intentional prayer for my kids fall by the wayside in the midst of day-to-day living that feels so full. It’s not because I’m not a committed Christ-follower or a committed mom. It’s simply because I’m human and am a busy mama, and it’s impossible to do all good things well.
The same goes for you. So can we drop the guilt about it? Okay? okay. We can’t possibly do all good things well, but I’d like to do this thing well, and I’m over the guilt of not always being great at it.
Here’s a look into how praying for my kids looks right now:
I pray all day long — little snippets here, a little longer over there. A quick plea for help or a quiet thankful or worshipful whisper tucked in between carpool, work, writing, food prep, cleaning, shopping, mothering, schooling, and every other thing that makes up a day.
I pray for each individual child as they come to mind here and there, but I have to say — I know for sure some of our kids have been the beneficiary of heaps more prayer than others. Ahem. But that’s the thing — I don’t just want to pray in hopes of a quick fix or a knee-jerk attempt at problem solving. I want to pray for their very souls and lives. The now. The future. The eternal.
We pray because we get full access to the God of the universe. We pray because He’s so good to us. We pray because He’s our lifeline. We pray because He asks us to. We get to have a relationship with Him through prayer. We pray because we need to. There are many types of prayer and many things for us to learn about it. This article right HERE is a good start.
Jeremy and I have tried all the methods: (you know, all the ones our tired minds can think up)
– pray for one child a day, and cycle through the kids daily on repeat
– pray through all the kids as we’re lying in bed at night (seeing as though there are 8 of them, I often fall asleep before getting through them all)
– randomly pray as one of them comes to mind
– start with the youngest and end with the oldest
– pray situationally: who’s injured, who’s struggling, who’s needy?
– prayers written out and stuck on the wall, War Room style
– topically: future spouses, salvation, etc…
– write prayers down in a prayer journal so we can look back at them some day
These are great.
But guess what? We can’t keep up with any one of these all of the time. Or maybe it’s just me.
Guess what again? You don’t have to.
I’ve grown to learn there are many different prayers and styles talked about in Scripture, why should we stick to one style or method? I’m not Type A and I bore easily of monotonous activity, so I like to change it up anyways. If you’re like me (ooh, shiny!), this brings you much peace. But if you are more Type A, a jump around approach might find you curled up in the fetal position somewhere.
The good news is that we can be who God made us in every area of life, and that means we can also be who He made us in our prayer life too.
Let’s pray wholeheartedly for our kids. Prayer is powerful. But it doesn’t have to be painful.
from a Mama who gets it
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:16
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