I am always on the lookout for a good parenting book.
I’m embarrassed to admit my bookshelf holds over 30 different books on parenting — and that doesn’t include the books I’m reading or the ones stored in the garage.
Recently, however, I’ve felt conviction in my heart. Somewhere along the way, I began to turn to people first to tell me how to parent, rather than taking my concerns and desires to God.
Sure, these people I’m learning from might be experts in their field, great parents themselves, or even trusted friends, but no one knows me, my child, and my family better than God Himself. No one knows the future of my family except God. No one can effect change in my family like the God who created us can.
The help of books, blogs, and best friends is limited. Prayer is our most effective parenting strategy!
So before you turn to that newest parenting book or the discipline strategy you just found on pinterest, turn your heart and your family to God. Seek Him first.
May these 5 prayers be only a beginning to your prayer time with the Lord!
5 Prayers to Pray over your Family
Lord, we so desire to raise our children in a way that pleases you and leads them to you. But even if our children can say all the right things and do what looks right, that doesn’t mean their hearts are in the right place. But you know our hearts, Lord, and you can change them. I pray that you will draw my children’s hearts close to you.
I pray that in your right time, my children will recognize and fully comprehend that all have sinned — even them — and fall short of the glory of God. But may they also know that you so loved the world, that you gave your only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
I know, Father, that you desire all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth, so I pray, in faith and according to your will, and ask you to bring my children to a saving knowledge of you! May they, through faith, accept your gift of salvation. Thank you, Lord, that you will do it! [Source]
Lord, your good providence has built us up into a family. We thank you for the blessing of the children you have so graciously given us.
We do not ask for the great things of this world for our children. But if it pleases you, give them good health and preserve them from severely harmful accidents. Feed them with food that is sufficient for them. Give them the special blessing of life useful to your kingdom in this world.
Most importantly, pour out your Spirit on them. Let this greatest of blessings rest on our offspring so they may serve you in their generations. Let them find their chief pleasure in that best part of life which is living in closest fellowship with you. Let this blessing never be taken away from them. [Source]
Lord, I pray that you would pour out your Spirit upon this family and anoint us for all you’ve called us to be and do. Deliver us from any evil plan of the devil to rob us of life and purpose. May the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control grow in us daily. Give us a vision for our family and a sense of purpose about what you’ve called us to do. [Adapted from this source]
Savior, confront us with our shortcomings and make us aware of our need for a Savior! I’m as reluctant to own my sins as my children are. I’m far more comfortable thinking about my friends’ issues than my own. Open my eyes and my child’s to where we fall short. Prompt us to acknowledge where we’re struggling, even where sin is gaining the upper hand — and call out to you for help. Remind us that you are always ready to answer our call, and wash us in your redeeming love. [Source]
“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NCV).
“Dear Jesus Christ, I want to live an awesome life. And I want to have an awesome family. I know I won’t have either if I just live for myself. So today I give myself to you. As for me and my house, we’re going to serve the Lord. I want my family to be a place of play and fun, not just work and negativity. I want my family to be a place where we encourage each other to grow constantly. I want to be a family that is a shelter in the storm, a safe haven, a refuge.
Help me to protect my family — not just their bodies but also their minds. I want my family to serve you by serving others. Help us to find our family mission, our purpose, what you shaped our family to do. Help me to teach my kids to be generous by modeling generosity to God and to others. Help me to have a bifocal vision to not just care about my family but to teach them to care about the whole world. May we model dedication and service and generosity and prayer. I can’t do this on my own, Lord. So I ask you to come into my life and take complete control of every area and give me the power to do the right thing. In your name I pray. Amen.” [Source]
May we be parents who pray! And may God do a transforming work in our families this year!
Erika // FaithfulMoms.org