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4 Ways To Pray For Your Child’s Future

Have you ever met an adult who doesn’t have a vision for their life? Perhaps that adult is you. Maybe you’re still fumbling around, looking for the answer to the question, “What does God want me to do with my life?“.

In Stormie Omartian’s book, The Power of a Praying Wife, she talks about grown men who walk around lost, without a sense of purpose. Her observation led her to pray for her husband’s gifts and talents. What great wisdom for how we can begin to pray for our children.

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Pray Their Gifts and Talents Would Be Revealed

Many people go through life without really understanding what gifts and talents God’s given to them. I, for one, filled many notebooks  with poetry when I was in High School. I loved English class, yet if you would have told me I’d be writing when I grew up, I wouldn’t have believed you. Had I understood back then the gifting of God in my life, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time and money.

Pray They’d Know The Calling of God Upon Their Lives

Without the responsibilities that burden and weigh adults down, children have an opportune time to learn and explore the calling of God upon their lives. I was in my late 20’s when I understood part of the calling upon my life. I felt like I was late to the party, like I had so much to learn. Pray God would reveal to them the calling upon their lives early. Understanding this will help them make decisions that line up with that calling.

Pray For Doors Of Opportunity To Be Opened For Them

So they have an idea what their gifts and talents are, and they feel they have a glimpse of the calling of God upon their lives, now what? Pray God would open doors of opportunity for them to grow and develop those gifts.

Pray They’d Become All They Were Created To Be

It’s easy to make praying for our children a generic part of our day. Lord take care of them, watch over them, guide them. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

What if we prayed the kind of prayers Paul prayed for the Colossians?

“So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God:

  • to give you complete knowledge of his will
  • and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
  • Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord,
  • and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.
  • All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
  • We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.
  • May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father…   (Colossians 1:9-12, NLT)”

What if we believed that our prayers, the prayers of the righteous, “availeth much,” (James 5:16)? What if we believed that our specific prayers had the power to change the course of life for our children? What if we didn’t settle for the apathetic, low standards this culture has for our teens? What if we stood in the gap, praying our children would become all God created them to be?

What would things look like, then?

We cannot control our children’s futures. However, we’ve been given the ability to pray prayers that align with the heart of God for their lives! Are you up for the challenge?

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