Praying For Your Child

January 8, 2013

iMOM (http://www.iMom.com) has created a very useful one page tool for parents, called Ten Ways to Pray For Your Child. I thought I would spend some time now and then just wandering around this wonderful list.

Imagine for a moment the power of a prayer like the one that follows, knowing that you are praying fully within the will of God. Not hoping that it was a prayer that God would honor, but knowing with absolute certainty that it was a prayer that aligned with the heart of God.

“I pray that (my child) will love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind and that they would love their neighbor as themselves.”

Jesus, was asked what was the most important commandment. “One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:35-39 NIV)

So can we agree that Jesus thinks that this is an “OK” prayer for us to pray?  With his answer Jesus was quoting the Old Testament passage from Deuteronomy 6, known as the Shema, a daily prayer that devout Jews prayed every day, (Still to this day!) so his listeners were familiar with the passage. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV)

What better way to pray for your child then to pray that they love God wholeheartedly?  If loving God becomes the central focus of our prayers for our children…Wow! I can hardly finish my thought it seems so audacious. But Jesus promises that every prayer we pray, if aligned with God, will happen! “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19) “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  (John 15:7)

Can you imagine anything better for your child than to know that they are sold-out, over-the-top in love with God? Can you imagine their effectiveness, their impact, their life? Ha! I love it.

So pray that they make friends, that they don’t bully or are the victim of a bully.  Pray that they do well in school, that they get a good job, choose  a good spouse, live a good life.  Those are all healthy, honest, hopeful prayers. But the prayer that will positively impact every other aspect of their lives is this:

I pray that (my child) will love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind and that they would love their neighbor as themselves.


Start praying this prayer whatever age your children are, even if they haven’t been born yet, even if they have been out of the house for twenty years. It will bless your children, and it will bless God, and God Himself will work on your behalf to love your child into a relationship with Himself.

What great big prayers do you pray for your children?

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