As parents, we have the amazing ability to influence our children with our lives. My son was asking me to pray for him because it is a family habit that we have cultivated and has become naturally part of our lives. I know many of my readers can echo the very same thing, but if it is not your habit may I encourage you to be intentional in prayer.
Stop and Pray
- When someone is sick (in your family or friends).
- Before Meals.
- As you prepare to travel.
- When you see an ambulance or an accident.
- Before homeschooling or during family devotions.
- When someone is in trouble.
- When someone is feeling bad or stressed.
- Whenever something comes to mind that needs a prayer.
Our children learn from our habits and often begin to make them theirs as well.
As moms, our hearts are turned toward our children desiring the very best. I cannot think of a better mothering technique to offer you, then a few moments spent in prayer before God.
- When I use my prayer journal, I pull one of the 31 Biblical virtues to Pray for Your Kids by Bob Hostetler and pray that into their lives.
- I also ask God to meet them where I see they have needs (whining, hard time in school, whatever).
- Having a virtue for the year (or sometimes for several years in a row), helps me be specific to each child's long-term needs like obedience, self-control, or courage.
- Praying with my child(ren) when I sense a need, for example, when someone in sick, stressed, cannot sleep, or just needs a mommy moment draws our hearts together as we seek God.
- Finally, I ask God for eyes to see anything else I need to be praying for each of my children.
What else can we add to this list?