Lately I’ve been thinking about what my kids will face as they grow up and I’m determined, among the “urgency” of daily life, to pray for specific things in their future. Not just who they’ll marry or what they’ll be when they grow up (although these are great prayers) but for other less obvious things.
Here are the things I think all moms should pray for their children.
1. Timely wisdom
The first consistent prayer I prayed with my firstborn – that God routinely answered – was for timely wisdom. I asked that God would lead me to the right person, bit of advice, tip or hunch that would help me manage life with a child. Without fail I’d hear someone offer how they did things, read a certain passage in a book, or have a light bulb moment and BHAM… opportunity to put it into practice.
I now pray God will give me timely wisdom so that I can do my best to do what’s best for each child as they grow and change. It doesn’t mean there aren’t hurdles (trouble will come… John 16:33), but that I can see God actively moving in our day to day life.
2. God would keep them on a short leash
The pastor at my former church said he routinely prayed God would keep their son on a short leash. That his sins wouldn’t remain hidden and undiscovered. “Ha ha ha, poor kid,” I thought at the time, but now I see what they were getting at. Sin thrives in darkness! Trouble that’s hidden can multiply without intervention.
Now… I don’t mean that I need to keep my children on a short leash. I just pray that God would never let them stray too far without shining a light. We must teach our children and guide them in wisdom and discernment, but I think this prayer is just another level of protection. You teach your children not to walk into traffic, but you still hold their hands at busy intersections, don’t you?
3. Avoid the wrong crowd
If only parents could choose every person who has influence over our children… Alas, we absolutely cannot. We can teach them to find friends of high character who are kind and fun, but we’re not with our children 24/7. The Bible is clear, “Do not be misled, bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33). And we don’t want to raise foolish children or those who keep company of fools either.
I pray that my children will find friends who are encouraging, uplifting, and challenging. Not people who are just like them or cool or whatever else society says, but kids of good character. And I pray God will protect them from being attracted to the wrong crowds and getting sucked into groups and situations that cause their downfall.
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