Praying for Your Kids in 2020
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We believe that a praying parent can change a family. Our goal at Raising Prayerful Kids is to make it easy to pray with your kids, but we also want to make it easy for you to pray for your kids.
For the second year, we created a new and easy 12-month calendar for you to use as a prayer guide, you can download it here. There is one thing to pray over your kids every month. Nothing daily, nothing hard, nothing to feel guilty about if you forget. Just one theme a month. We have also included a verse for each month for you to:
Memorize as a family
Pray over your kids
Incorporate into a blessing
Just look at (being honest here)
Last year I was diligent about praying the monthly themes over my kids. But this year, I am going to be diligent about praying the monthly themes over my kids and myself. Our kids are little sponges and imitate so much of what we do, so it seems silly for me to pray for them to be filled with the Fruit of the Spirit if I'm not praying that for myself too. I guess I'm a slow learner!
Hannah and the Praying Parent
I've spent some time brainstorming ways to explain our love for this resource, but I think Sarah did such a great job last year so I will leave you with the story of Hannah, a story about the power of a praying parent:
Hannah was married to Elkanah and she was unable to conceive. However, Elkanah had another wife named Peninnah, who had many children. Year after year, Elkanah and his family would go to sacrifice to the Lord together and Peninnah provoked Hannah and bullied her about not having children. In deep anguish, Hannah prayed persistently and boldly for a child. The priest, Eli, noticed Hannah and blessed her as she left.
Miraculously, Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to Samuel. She committed Samuel to the Lord and promised that when she weaned him, she would present him to the temple to live there forever. Hannah kept her promise and she gave her son in service to the Lord. Imagine a year or two of nursing and snuggling your baby, knowing you would eventually have to give him up--it is both heartbreaking and amazing.
When Hannah presented Samuel to Eli she said these famous words, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him” (v. 27). But the, often overlooked, words to follow are also so remarkable, “So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” (v. 28)
Our children are not our own. God has entrusted us with them to love them, care for them, raise them, and teach them about him. But ultimately, they are God’s. We are God’s.
Hannah recognized that in an extreme way. The Lord gave Hannah the son she asked for so she gave him back to the Lord. We will not be dropping our newly weaned toddler off at our local church in order for him or her to grow up working in ministry, that is not the way our world works. But we can commit them to the Lord.
One of the first steps to doing that is to pray for them. Hannah is a perfect example of a persistent praying parent. God calls us to pray without ceasing and he is faithful to us. I want my kids to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit and the attributes of Christ and I pray for them often, but my short attention span kicks in and I find myself praying for random things. It can be hard to focus or remember what I even prayed for, mom-brain and all. There is something to be said about focused and intentional prayer, about really committing to a thought and asking the Lord boldly for it.
This year, let’s remember that praying for our kids is the very best thing you can do for them. Praying for them impacts their lives forever and is the only thing that really matters.
This year I am finally convinced of what is true: God doesn’t want me to be a perfect person or a perfect parent, he wants me to be a praying person and a praying parent.
Join us as we pray for our kids this year. Let us know what you are praying for specifically, and don't forget to share and tag us on social media (@raisingprayerfulkids) when you download our calendar! We love to see your pictures!