“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
As I encourage parents, I sometimes reflect back on things we did right with raising our children. Things that worked really well, and things that had and continue to have eternal impact on our kids.
The ONE THING above all that we did in raising our family is that we developed a prayer vigil over our children. We have seen great things come to pass in their lives as a direct result of our prayers. We stand amazed at the goodness of God as He has answered our prayers.
Joshua 24:15 – “…As for me and my house, we WILL serve the Lord.”
Pray the prayers of faith. Don’t look at the circumstances around you. Look with the eyes of faith knowing that God hears your prayers and will answer your prayers.
Pray the Word of God over your children. Personalize the Word and put your child’s name in it. God’s Word is filled with promises for us to help us live life right and filled with peace and joy.
Pray without ceasing. Don’t give up on your prayers. When we continue our prayers, day in and day out, those prayers are moving back the darkness from around our children and their lives. Our prayers put a hedge of protection around them so that they can learn to hear God’s voice and walk in obedience.
Pray with authority that we have in Jesus Name. Ephesians 6 says that we are in a battle. We must stand for our families and fight for them in the spirit realm. The enemy hates us and our children and has his own plans of destruction. We must learn how to fight in the spirit.
Pray with a thankful heart. Give thanks for what God is doing in your life and your family. Thank Him for the answers. Thank Him for drawing your children closer to Himself. Thank Him that your children are mighty in God. Rejoice in His goodness!
If you haven’t been praying for your children, then now is a great time to start. It’s a new day!
God is so very faithful. And He desires great things for us and our families so we can make a difference in the Kingdom of God around us.
By: Mary Ulffers