It is heart wrenching when our children are sick in body. Just the thought of an ear infection, cold, or the flu can make a mama shudder. If you have a houseful of kids, you could be looking at almost a month of sickness by the time it runs through everyone.
Maybe you are a mama with a chronically ill child, or your child is facing a terminal illness and you have prayed, until you feel you can pray no more. May you feel the arms of God wrap around you in this moment, holding you close, holding you tight.
We live in a fallen and broken world and it is a place where disease lives, where bones break and accidents happen. One moment a child’s body can seem so strong and resilient, the next moment as weak as a baby bird.
We know this about Jesus, He is in the healing business. With one touch the blind saw, the deaf heard and the dead were raised to life. Those are not small things, they are life changing miracles.
There is one thing that those who were healed had in common, they asked, or someone asked on their behalf.
As mamas who follow Jesus, we ask, and then we ask again on behalf of our children. We remind ourselves of the healing touch of Jesus and then we trust in the One who hides them under the shadow of His wing.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Psalm 103: 2-4
Praise God today for all of His benefits, this includes the benefit of healing.
I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” Psalm 41:4
Take a moment an confess sin that could stand in the way of healing.
And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment and as many as touched it were made perfectly well. Matthew 14: 35-16
Thank the Lord today, that in prayer you can touch the hem of His garment, where His healing virtue flows.
Shaping Your Prayers with God’s Word
Father I ask that you restore health to ________ and that you would heal ___________ of his/her wounds. Jeremiah 30:17
Putting Feet to Our Prayers
When your child is sick or injured remember the power of touch. A back rub, a kiss, a cool cloth on their forehead. They will remember those moments of tender loving care.
A Love for Others
One summer at church camp my boys met a young lady, and for weeks after returning home all I heard about was Britney. I had never seen my boys so taken with someone.
The camp theme that summer had been Standing in the Gap Through Prayer. Every evening during chapel the children had the opportunity to pray for one another’s needs.
They boys told me about Britney’s request for her family. Her sister, who had strayed far from her family, had found herself pregnant and in the grip of addiction. Then I understood what was going on. The boy’s hearts had been expended through prayer.
They had never been faced with a prayer request as monumental as this and they took it very seriously. Faithfully they prayed for Britney’s sister and her baby. It was as if they were treading on holy ground during those daily prayers. Never knowing how things would all turn out yet trusting in a God who they knew could intervene.
Prayer was the place where their love grew for their dear friend and her family. Nothing opens a heart to love others quite like prayer does. Suddenly their eyes were off themselves and set on the needs of another.
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117:12
Praise the Lord for His Great Love for you.
And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
Maybe you haven’t been living a life of love, confess that to the Lord today.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. Ephesians 1:3-5
In love you were adopted by Christ, throw up your hands and give thanks today.
Shaping Your Prayers with God’s Word
I thank you Lord for _______. I thank you that his/her faith is growing more and more; and the love that _______ has for others is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Putting Feet to Our Prayers
As prayer requests become known to you share them with your children, big and small. Take a few minutes each day and pray for others together.
Without salvation and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ it does not matter what our children become or accomplish here on earth, it will not compare to their salvation.
Earth is their temporary home, salvation promises them an eternal home.
In this verse and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; Joel 2:32 I love two words.
The first word is everyone. This verse doesn’t say the rich, the beautiful, the smart, or even the nice. It simply says, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.
The second word is will, this verse doesn’t say they should, could, or might be saved. It says they will be saved!
Our greatest desire should be to see our children accept the precious gift of salvation that is awaiting them.
God’s Word tells us this in Deuteronomy 11:18-20 … that you must fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Mama, it is you who should be telling your children Bible truths as you go through out your day. Reminding them that God loves them, that He gave his only Son, Jesus that they might be saved.
Until our children accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, this should be our daily prayer for them. We can trust as we do our part, God does His.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Psalm 96:2
Praise the Lord for His Gift of Salvation that He has personally given to you.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Take a quiet moment allow God, bring to mind anything that you have done or said that would bring Him and you sorrow.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
Give thanks to the Lord, that He heard your cry for salvation and provided the way, by becoming your salvation.
Lord, I thank you that when _______ calls on Your name he/she will be saved! Joel 2:32
Putting Feet to Your Prayers
Have you told your children the story of your personal salvation? If you haven’t be sure to share it with them, there is power in your testimony.
I am excited to welcome Stacey Pardoe, a dear writer friend, to the blog today. Stacey is the mama of two, a lover of the woods, and she does a little writing on the side.
She is also a wife and certified special education teacher. She is passionate about walking closely with Christ and sharing his love with a broken world.
She writes weekly at www.staceypardoe.com. You’ll want to give this wise gal a follow!
Today she is going to be our guide as she walks us through 8 Prayers to Pray over Our Children.
How do we pray for our children when the wellspring of words runs dry? How do we faithfully lift them before the Lord with confidence that our prayers match the desires of His heart? When we’re not sure of how to pray, God’s Word enables us to stand in agreement with him and lift our children before his throne with confidence.
As a parent, I long to pray for my kids with devoted faithfulness. I long to stand in agreement with my Savior and pray bold and powerful prayers for my kids. But sometimes I get stuck. Sometimes I can’t find the words. Paul’s words to the Colossian church offer eight direct spiritual truths to pray over my children. Offering these prayers for my kids daily has centered my focus and blessed my prayer life:
- Pray they will be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).
Jesus models this prayer when asked how we ought to pray: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). When we follow his example and pray that our children will know God’s will, we pray according to the example set by Christ himself.
- Pray they will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:10).
While it’s tempting for parents to spend excessive time praying for the behavior of our children, we honor God when we remember to pray that their behavior will honor him. This goes for our spouses, friends, parents, and other loved ones as well. When we ask God to intrude in their lives in such a way that they honor him in the way they live, we are praying godly prayers for godly behavior with godly motives.
- Pray they will please God in all respects (Colossians 1:10).
I have prayed this prayer often during seasons when my children were struggling with sin. Whether it’s a child with a sudden inclination to fabricate information, a child who is struggling with an ungodly temptation, or a little one who is struggling with sadness, this is a powerful prayer. It’s a prayer God honors, because it is the desire of his heart as well.
- Pray they will bear fruit (Colossians 1:10).
When the good deeds of our lives overflow with positive outcomes, we bear good fruit. When I pray for my kids to bear fruit in their works, I pray for each of them differently. I pray my daughter will interact with her schoolmates with compassion and kindness. I pray my toddler will see the benefits of treating others with love and respect.
- Pray they will increase in their knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10).
Increasing in our knowledge of God ultimately leads to loving him more deeply. I want nothing more for my children than to see them in a deeper love relationship with God. As we come to know God more deeply, our love for him grows. As our love for him grows, he transforms the way we see others and the way we live. We begin to live out of his endless love for us and no longer crave the affirmation and acceptance of the world.
- Pray they will be strengthened with all power, according to God’s glorious might (Colossians 1:11).
We all need strength. Whether it’s strength to stand up to the bully at school, strength to walk away from temptation, or strength to witness boldly for our faith, we rely on God’s strength. When God’s strength flows through us, we are able to give without burning out, stand in fiery trials, and endure through the valleys of life. This is what we want for our children, regardless of their season of life.
- Pray they will have steadfastness and patience (Colossians 1:11).
Many people have quoted the claim that we shouldn’t pray for patience, because praying for patience is like asking God to bring patience-testing moments into our days. I disagree. Whether or not we pray to bear the fruit of patience, life will test our patience. We should pray to God to help us die to our self-centered impatience and bear his fruit of a patient heart. We are called to pray this for our children as well.
- Pray they will be filled with joy and thanksgiving (Colossians 1:12).
My daughter loves it when I pray for her joy to abound. We all want more joy. Let’s bless our children by praying they will have greater joy and greater thanksgiving, which go hand-in-hand. Joy is a beautiful fruit of a life deeply rooted in God’s love. When we learn to see all things as representations of God’s goodness, we move deeper into joy.
I cling to the confidence that God’s Word never returns empty, and I see the fruit of my prayers often in the midst of our everyday life. May you be encouraged to dig into God’s Word and pray these powerful prayers over your children as well.
This post was originally published at Desiring God.
You can find Stacey at www.staceypardoe.com
Rejection is hard, plain hard. No one likes it, or the awkward lonely feeling that it brings.
To be rejected is to be refused, discarded or cast out. Jesus knows how that feels, to the fullest extent. That is how He can say these words…
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:12
God’s people have been rejected and persecuted from the beginning and it continues to this day. You see, those that are different, those who walk to a different code, who step away from the norm in this world will naturally be rejected.
I want to be really honest to those of us who are Christians in the United States. Do we really know about rejection? Really? Your child doesn’t get invited to the party, is left out at recess or not picked for the team, maybe even made fun of. I get it, it hurts a bit.
Let’s for a moment put things in perspective. How does that compare to not being able to attend school, being physically attacked or having your home burnt to the ground? Truth is, it doesn’t compare, not at all.
Mama Bears, we have to and we must remind ourselves to look outside of the little box our lives have become, and teach our children to do the same.
Rejection of who we are along with our faith is going to come, yet that doesn’t stop the call from Jesus that we choose to rejoice in the face of rejection. How do we live it and teach our kids to do the same? Let’s dig in and find out how –
Rejoice and be glad …
To Rejoice is to be glad, take delight in or to make joyful.
To be Glad is to show cheerfulness or joy, but it also means to be very willing.
Are we very willing to brush off rejection and choose joy? You see it all comes down to this, it is a choice. There are days this choice will be easier than others, but it is our choice to make, our children’s choice to make, and Jesus reminds us that it will be worth it.
…because great is your reward in heaven…
Jesus tells us to set our sights higher, to set them on Heaven, that is where our real reward is.
I’m going to be honest, I don’t often think of heavenly rewards, it seems I am more interested in earthy ones.
What reward does await us in heaven? Streets of gold are mentioned, mansions are mentioned, even crowns are mentioned. I like all of those, believe me I do, but they are hard to wrap my mind around.
Here is a reward I can grab hold of, For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” Revelation 7:17
You see, Jesus will be there. The Jesus I love, the Jesus I have taught my children all about, trusting that they love Him too. When we arrive in heaven, there He will be, our Great Shepherd. He will take us by the hand and lead us to refreshing, living, eternal water. And then… the hand of God will come and wipe every tear, every heartbreak, every disappointment from our eyes. Oh my, what a reward.
We don’t hear much about Heaven these days, and I’m not sure why. Is it because we are so busy, trying to make Heaven here on Earth that we have lowered our sights?
Let’s lift our sights. Let’s talk of Heaven and dream of Heaven, with our children.
…for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Jesus reminds us, that rejection is nothing new, many who have walked this faith walk before us were very willing to choose to rejoice in the midst of rejection, prison and even death.
Let’s tell our children of the prophets and the martyrs who have paved the way. We can learn much from their testimonies, and you can find many of their stories here Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks.
A Mama Bear Prayer
Father I bring _______ before You today, I ask that when he/she faces rejection of any kind, that you help _______ to be very willing to choose to rejoice, and to take delight in You. I thank you for the promise of a Heavenly reward, may _______ cling to Your promise and set her/his sights toward Heaven in times of rejection. In Jesus Name – Amen
A Prayer for You Mama Bear
Father, I bring my friend before You today, may she choose to rejoice in times of rejection. May you give her abundant wisdom as a guide in times when her children face rejection. Remind her daily of her great reward in Heaven and may she set her sights not on this world, but higher, in heavenly places. Remind her of those who have paved the way before her, the persecuted and suffering. Let her take strength in their testimonies and remind her to tell their stories to her children. In Jesus Name – Amen
We live in an age where everyone and anyone is calling for our kids to follow them. There is a first follow that will guide all of their other follows, and that follow is Jesus. By following Him first, He becomes the measuring stick by which they measure all of their other follows.
Jesus’ call to follow Him is clear…
In this verse Jesus is speaking to Peter and Andrew, two brothers who were doing their daily fishing. As we read on scripture tells us that at once, they left their nets and followed Him, they don’t hesitate for a moment.
Jesus’ call is still clear for our kids today:
Come Follow Me
To come is to take your place, move into position or move into view. Our children must be positioned so that Jesus is in their view, the first place where we can get them into position is in our home.
They must see that before we make daily decisions,
We Place Jesus in Our View
They must see that before we eat a meal, that we pause with thanks,
We Place Jesus in Our View
They must see that when the waves of life come,
threatening to take us under,
We Place Jesus in Our View
…and follow Me…
To follow is toto
We can make many decisions for our kids, but this decision is theirs alone. That is why we must pray, that they will not hesitate and come to their own decision to Follow Jesus.
Some Mama Bears will not have to pray this prayer long, other Mama Bears may be praying this prayer for years. For the Mama Bears who are still praying, I stand with you, I agree with you in prayer that your child will hesitate no longer, and make the choice to Follow Jesus!
The end result of this prayer no matter how long we pray, or how many years pass, is a beautiful transformation…
…I will transform you…
A transformation will begin within them and the living and powerful Spirit of God will come alive inside them. The life long work of Jesus in their lives will begin changing their nature and character, to become more and more like Jesus.
…into men and women who will catch people for God…
People will see the character and nature of Jesus in them and will be attracted to them, and causing friendships to form. Then they will cast their nets and they will gather those people and lead them to the Great Fisherman, Jesus.
I want this life for our kids
I want Jesus in their view all day
I want them on His heels, following Him so closely,
That He can hear them coming up behind Him
Let Pray this passionalty for our children, Mama Bears!
A Mama Bear Prayer
Father I pray that ________ will not hesitate to come to Jesus, that Jesus will be in her/his view all day long.
I rejoice that as _______ follows Jesus, Jesus is doing a transforming work within him/her.
Making _______ a fisher of people, who are need of a Savior, gathering them in, and bringing them to Jesus. – In Jesus Name Amen
A Prayer for You Mama Bear
Father I pray over my fellow Mama Bears today, that you will help them to keep Jesus in their view, from their rising up until their laying down. May they resist the temptation to take their eyes off of Him when the waves threaten to crash over them. May their homes become a place anchored in You, and may their nets reach far gathering in those who need Jesus. In Jesus Name Amen