This may seem like a no brainer, but if we are honest, most of us would have to admit that we don’t spend as much time in prayer as we would like. This would mean that we are also not praying for our kids as much as we should.
Set aside a time. We schedule many things in our lives. We make appointments for our hair or nails. We schedule phone calls. But, do we schedule time to talk to God? Do we set aside time to pray to the creator of the universe on behalf of our children. The Bible tells us that Jesus intercedes for us in heaven with God the Father (1). If Jesus does this for us shouldn’t we also do it for our children?
Ask them what they need. Tell your child that you will be praying for them today and ask if there is anything that you could be praying about for them. When you first start this you may be greeted with a blank stare. When they do speak it may start as rather generic requests. It may be simple things like the math test they have that day. But, as you continue this habit you may be surprised what you learn. This simply action may give you a glimpse into what your child is thinking, what they are feeling, what they are going through. This may give you a window into things that they may not share otherwise.
Share the answers. If YOU receive an answer to a prayer request that has come from your child, then share it with them. God answers prayers. It is important that we celebrate this with our children. Through this our children can learn to pray, trusting that God will answer.
- Hebrews 7:25