Prayer is so much more than a list of things you ask God for. He isn’t our amazon wishlist.. For real though many times I start to pray it sounds so much the same. When I started to see the pattern in my kids little prayers, the light bulb finally went off bright enough I noticed.
I would start with those who needed healing and help. Followed with what I want from my kids that day. Ending with a thanks God for giving us today remark, and then a casual Amen.
But it was my six year old son who made me see the honest failure I had made. The lackluster way I spoke to God it was a view of my belief in him. Yea.. I believe I need to pray but quickly because I have things to get done. When I heard him beg God in his tiny little voice with all his might to be with our neighbors as the kids had lost their grandfather.
It literally shook my soul. I felt those goosebumps we hear about so often with prayer. The power from this little person was obvious. He was full of trust in God and had the faith to believe he was in a conversation with someone who deeply loved him…
I had been doing it all wrong and God had used my son to show me the actual depth prayer can have. I have begun the slow process of taking the me out of my versions of conversation and how they should be with everyone but most especially with God.
Here is a list of deep heartfelt prayers I pray over my children, these prayers have changed my perspective of what I need from my kids and where I am to guide them. It has changed me and my actions. It has made us closer to God.
10 prayers for your children
Deuteronomy 32:12 – The Lord alone guided them; they
followed no foreign gods.
2. For the overwhelming chance to bless others
Matthew 5:42 – Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away
from those who want to borrow.
3. For generous hearts
Proverbs 11:25 – The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed
4. For a kind and gentle soul to share God’s truth
2 Timothy 2:25 – Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.
5. For courage to face adversity
Acts of the Apostles 27:25 – So take courage! For I believe
God. It will be just as he said.
6. For purity of the heart
Psalms 86:11 -Teach me your ways O Lord, that I may live
according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.
7. For wisdom
James 1:5 – If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and
he will give it you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
8. To love God
Matthew 22:37 – Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
9. A focus on forgiveness
Ephesians 4:32 – Instead, be kind to each other,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
10. For Godly obedience
John 14:15 – “If you love me. Obey my commandments.”