There is power in praying for your children

A middle-aged woman is good spending time with her son in a cafe, they sit and talk. Mom looks at her teenage son with love. Focus on mother

I was moved by Dawn’s blog post entitled, “I Will Give You Rest” and thought about my own child as I read her post.

One of the greatest things about being a parent is watching your child grow up.

That’s also one of the hardest things, particularly when the paths our kids choose don’t line up with the values that they were taught. We want our children to become the people God meant for them to be. As our grown children go into the world of careers, colleges and making decisions of their own, prayer is how we can influence their lives by partnering with God as He works to accomplish His good purpose. As a parent, we should use our words to affirm our children for who they are, while encouraging and inspiring them towards success. I know personally how the power of prayer can change things –even when our hearts are heavy. It seems awkward to affirm an adult child who is not walking with the Lord or who has made a choice that is not aligned with God’s Word, consider this: affirmation is not the same as acceptance. Rather, when we affirm our children, we do the same thing that God does when he blesses us despite our disobedience. The scripture says, He is faithful even we are faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). He shows us favor and guides us towards the abundant life He intends for us. The prayer we pray on behalf of our children is an acknowledgement that we are not trying to control our children’s future, rather, we are handing that over to God and trusting Him to give them vision and purpose.

And that’s my prayer for us as we continue to love and pray for our children: that we would know the grace of God, It doesn’t matter whether you feel done everything you could as a parent  (and now find yourself wondering why things have turned out the way they have) or whether you are all too aware in the areas where you may have failed to properly guide your children  (and now find yourself wondering if things will ever get better).

Continue to PRAY….

I don’t care what it looks like….PRAY!

Pray with tears in your eyes .

Pray with a broken heart.

Pray and don’t give up on that child!

What are some of the areas you are struggling as a parent?

If you are comfortable sharing, please comment below:

Published by: Kim Petitt

As a person living with a disability challenge is part of my life. I struggled with my identity and I recognize that I still have insecurities to face, but that doesn't mean I can't walk in everything God has purposed me to walk in despite my insecurities. Because of the nature of my condition and physical disability, God's grace is evident in my life everyday and I find strength in the word of God that says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who gives me power". (CJB).

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17 thoughts on “There is power in praying for your children”

  1. I pray for my child almost 44 years old her children and her husband every day. God is moving now in their lives more and she is saved and started to read the Bible because “God told her”. Her words.praisevthe Lord.

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  2. I don’t pray enough for my son. I also don’t talk with him enough. He’s 15 now so naturally, he’s pushed me away. And I let him. I should have been more present. Even for just a 10 minute conversation. But I was too busy, too stressed. I’ve neglected him. May God forgive me 😞

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    1. Thank you for sharing!

      Don’t beat yourself! It’s never too late for God to restore the relationship. As parents we make mistakes. It’s easy to not deal with the situation and move on (especially when the kid pushes you away). We must be humble ourselves before our kids. Humility repairs the relationship. Pride keeps us from restoring the relationship. The Bible says, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). We need God’s grace and mercy to win back our child’s heart.

      Our children may not be ready to forgive. Humbling ourselves to the place of rejection by our own children is hard to take. But, we have to become humble for there to be a possibility of a restored relationship with our children. When our children see us humbly asking for forgiveness, we are not only showing them how to be humble but we are teaching them conflict resolution skills.

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    1. Yes ma’am..This post is for parents of all ages. As a mom of an adult child I offer advice and encouragement. We should start praying for them in the womb. For the moment we hold our children, we are in awe. Parenthood makes us more keen to the world around us. As our children grow older they inspire us at new levels of independence as we marvel at their growing independence, the growing complexity of their decision making. Our prayers for our child is not only for them but it’s also an opportunity for us to acknowledge where we may not have responded well. Through prayer we recognize our shortcomings, impatience, our tendency to compare ourselves and our children to others. Be transparent with God, confess what you regret doing and those things you regret leaving undone. During prayer we also ask for God’s help from the moment we know they will be born, the time they graduate from High School and beyond.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Every parent reaches that point when we realize we can’t control everything, and we can’t produce favorable outcomes for our kids. We have to let God be God in their lives.

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  3. Thank you for your post! Some areas I struggle with are choosing to ignore some negative behaviors my child with autism will perform. I have three boys 19, 13 and 8. They are all amazing kiddos and we are truly blessed by all their fun and unique ways. I know God is at work in our family and he is with us daily. I do struggle with my middle one. I have learned over the years to listen to the voice of God and through prayer and worship have found peace. I have taught them prayers and worship. It’s just some moments, my child as he is nonverbal, he screams a lot. Like a banshee. It’s hard to ignore some days. Then other days, the days I pray like a warrior woman and praise I find a peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of the screams.

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    1. Thank you woman of God for sharing and taking the time to read my post. I pray and stand in agreement with you for the special needs of your child, and for times you experience frustration and overload. The challenges both you and children may be facing or will face I declare healing and victory, In Jesus name!♥️♥️♥️🙏🏾🤗

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