The Priority of Praying for Our Children | Pantego Christian Academy

The Priority of Praying for Our Children

What is the most significant thing that you and I can do for our children? Show them unconditional love? Provide for their needs? Set appropriate boundaries for them? Discipline them in love? Take them to church? Sacrificially send them to a distinctly Christian school like Pantego Christian Academy?

Although these are all great and necessary things, I would argue that perhaps the most significant thing that you and I can do for our children is to pray for them. Consider these two quotes on prayer, one by Jesus and the other by E.M. Bounds:

"Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it." -John 14:13-14, ESV

"God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil." -E.M. Bounds

It is obvious from Scripture that God works in response to the earnest prayers of His people.  If God shapes the world through prayer, He must also shape the lives of our children through prayer as well.

So how should we pray for our children?  Dennis and Barbara Rainey from Family Life suggest the following:

  • Pray Regularly - Make a plan to pray for your children each day and dedicate yourself to that plan.  The Raineys suggest two strategic times:  When your children are on their way to school and when they are going to bed.
  • Pray Offensively - Proactively pray that God would provide strong Christian friends who will be positive influences in your children’s lives.
  • Pray Defensively - Pray that God would remove negative friends and influences from your children’s lives.
  • Pray Intensely - A prayer in faith to the Almighty God of the universe should be a focused and intense prayer, not a distracted or ho-hum prayer.
  • Pray with Your Child - Pray together as an entire family, allowing your children as well as you and your spouse to bring the burdens of your heart before the throne of grace. Our family does this right before our girls head off to bed each night, and some of the most touching moments in my life as a parent have been hearing my daughters pour out their hearts in prayer to our God.
  • Pray Together as a Couple - It has often been said that a couple that prays together stays together. As we take the time to pray together as a couple God knits our hearts together in His love.

Will you join me in making a renewed commitment to pray for our children? And if you are a mom, would you consider joining together with other PCA moms to pray for our children at Moms in Prayer?

All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. - Abraham Lincoln

 

About the Author: Kevin Peterson has served as PCA’s Academy Chaplain since 2012. As chaplain, his ministry includes overseeing chapel services for each campus, providing pastoral care to our faculty, our students, and their families, and coordinating many aspects of spiritual life here at PCA. Pastor Kevin has a passion for young people, having ministered to youth in churches and Christian schools for more than twenty years.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Christian Heritage College (now San Diego Christian College) and a Masters in Theology in Pastoral Ministries and Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary.

 

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