Prayer and Your Children
Your first line of defense and offense is prayer. Your children are learning to overcome challenges now. Pray for your children and pray with your children. God hears your prayers, and is faithful to "supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19, KJV). Your children and their needs are important to God. If they are encouraged to seek answers from God at a young age, when difficult situations arise, they will turn to God instead of drugs or alcohol. Instead of dropping out of school or quitting their jobs, they will know that God will supply the answer they need.
Why do Christians pray in the name of Jesus? In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." If you want your prayers to reach God, you will pray in the name of Jesus. There is power in the name of Jesus. There is also salvation, healing, deliverance, joy, strength and peace. The list goes on and on. If you want God's power working in your life, pray in the name of Jesus. Teach your children to do the same.
Pray for your child to have:
Protection - You may already pray for this since it is a basic instinct of parenthood. Now, more than ever, children need that hedge of protection around them everywhere they go. Too many of our schools are no longer a safe haven for learning, but have deteriorated into community war zones where battles rage every day. After school friends and activities create additional concerns. You cannot always be there to protect them, but God can. Pray for your children's protection.
A Clear Mind and the Ability to Focus - Whether your children are in school or at Sunday school, pray that they will have clear minds and be able to focus on the lesson being taught. Too many of our children daydream through valuable lessons, only to come up short when it is time for the test. This is a basic area of self-control. Teach and encourage your children to focus. They cannot learn if they do not listen. They cannot listen, if they do not focus.
Knowledge - For a long time educators have told us that as long as our children understand the process, they do not need to memorize facts. This is incorrect. When you have a wealth of information at your disposal, problem solving and related skill development are easier. Children not only need to know how to obtain knowledge through using resources, they also need to know how to retain knowledge through memorization. Pray that God gives them the ability to retain the information necessary to do well on assignments and tests. Pray that as they read God's Word He will plant that seed deep in their hearts, and that it will bear much fruit.
Discernment - Too many lessons are in direct conflict with the Bible. Christian children need to recognize false teachings, and they need the boldness to resist. Pray that God will give them the courage to respectfully share their Christian beliefs in the classroom. Pray that others are encouraged by the truth they are hearing.
Favor - It is not easy to oppose those who advocate teachings or behaviors contrary to the Word of God. This is true for public and private schools. Pray that God gives your children favor with all those they come in contact with and all that have influence over their lives. God can cause even those with the hardest of hearts to treat your children in a positive manner. "When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him" (Proverbs 16:7, KJV).
Direction - Pray for God's guidance and His perfect will for your children. The greatest success stories are those who have followed the path God has chosen for their lives.
Endurance - Pray that God will give your children the ability to finish the work they have started.
Speak Words of Blessing Over Your Children.
In faith, declare God's Word over your children, trusting God to fulfill His Word in your children's lives.
As you pray for your children and with your children, be faithful to thank God for all He is accomplishing in your lives. Then when the victories come, and they surely will -- for He has promised, give God the glory for the great things He has done.
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