by Edith Pont, MA, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
If you have little ones, you may find yourself trying to meet all their needs, which leaves limited personal time. Two months after the arrival of our 1-year-old son, I’m still adjusting to his schedule! I find that once he’s asleep, I’m spent – I’ve got nothing left; zero energy! So, I had to make adjustments to my prayer and devotional time.
How are you doing in praying for your children?
How are you doing in praying for your children? If you don’t already do so, I urge you to begin. I cannot emphasize the importance of taking time to pray daily and speak words of truth into your child’s life. I know that parenting can consume much of your time, but there is no excuse not to pray.
Praying for our children does not have to be a separate act; we can pray for them as we engage in our daily routines. For example, I find the best time to intentionally pray for my son is when I’m rocking him to sleep. I love to lay hands on him, pray over his little mind and body. It’s also a convenient time because I can still remember any issues that came up that day and present them to the Lord.
I know many of us have been taught we need to pray on our knees, but as I mature in my relationship with the Lord, I find that He is more interested in the position of my heart vs. my body. So, with this in mind, I intentionally practice praying throughout the day, while I do chores. I made a little handout to give you an idea of practical ways you can pray for your children as you live your busy lives.
8 Practical Ways to Mindfully Pray for Your Children
I’ve also made a calendar with 31 truths to pray over your child. Our calendar is on the refrigerator door (it’s the most used item in our home) to remind me to pray one truth for our son each day. It’s also a great reminder to contemplate on how I’m doing in these areas. As parents we need to model these truths to our children, as well as show them how to BE not just talk about it.
Praying Truth Over My Children-Calendar
Why Pray Truth?
Well, simple… God’s Word is truth and life. We need to pray the Word of God over our children. Not our words, but His Word. We do this by simply taking a verse and repeating it back to God. Isaiah 55:11 says, “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” When we speak His Word it begins a transformation beyond our imagination. So use it!
Two Very Important Things
Rest in His Word: Mark 11:24
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (ESV)
• Which truths stand out for you the most? Why?
• Are you focusing too much on the negative behaviors your child exhibits vs.
the gifts and talents the Lord has given him?
Today, Focus on One Good Truth Your Child Displays!
Edith sees clients in the Downey location. If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appointment with Edith, or with a counselor in one of our other locations in your area, please contact us at 800-998-6329 and we will be able to help schedule and appointment for you!
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