A Mom's Consistent Prayer Life
By Erin Hage
As far back as I can remember, one of the first things I would see each morning was my mom. As I walked down the stairs, ready to start my day, she would be sitting by the fireplace, with her Bible open and her prayer notebook close by. Her day had started hours before. I knew she was praying. I always knew she prayed for me (and still does). She has been a great example to me of what it means to be a prayer warrior. She has fought so many battles on her knees and I'm so thankful for the gift she has given to me-her faithfulness to the Lord. She taught me consistency and a love of talking to Jesus and listening to hear His voice. I know that no matter what time of day, I can always ask her to pray for me and she will.
My dad's life is also marked by prayer. Years ago he made himself (and our whole family) a prayer closet. All over the walls of that closet were beautifully crafted prayers, straight from his heart. He taught me passion in prayer and how nothing is too small to talk to God about. He shared with me how God answers prayer, not always in what we wanted to hear, but always what is best for us. He often reminded me of God's faithfulness to our family.
I have been given one of the most wonderful gifts from both of my parents. It is something that I want to give to my children as well - a consistent and powerful prayer life. Jesus changed everything for me and the very least I can do is praise Him and talk with Him daily. I would never go days or weeks without talking to my husband and expect our relationship to be full and thriving. Same thing with Jesus, we can't expect a full and beautiful relationship with Him if we only run to Him when it gets hard. I really think consistency is the key.
I wanted to share a few things that I pray for consistently in regards to my kids:
- I pray that they will come to know God, Jesus, the creator of the universe on a personal level. That it will be their OWN relationship with Jesus.
- I pray that they will grow in the knowledge of who God is by experiencing Him themselves.
- I pray that God would enlighten their eyes so that they would be able to understand and discern the Scriptures.
- I pray that they will be mature in their faith in Jesus far beyond their years and that they would be marked with boldness in sharing Christ with others.
- I pray that they will be successful in the eyes of God and not in the eyes of this world and that they would be set aside for His service.
- I pray that they would obey God. That whatever He asks of them, they would do.
- I pray that they would know and discern the voice of God and that all the voices of the world would fade away as God speaks to their hearts.
- I pray that God would develop in them a deep love for Jesus. That Jesus would be the driving desire of their hearts.
- I pray that God will break their hearts with the things that break His. That when God gives them brokenness, they would surrender to Him and be changed to be more like Jesus through it.
- I pray for their safety, health and protection: spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are so many things we need to be talking to the Lord about when it comes to our kids. Now it's your turn! What do you ask God for on behalf of your kids?
Next month I'll share how our kids love to be involved in daily prayer