PRAYING FOR OUR CHILDREN
I think as a mother this is one of the most important things we can do for our children. From the time our children are conceived, we should be praying for them. Not just for their physical health but for their spiritual health, this is more important. As Christians we have such a privilege to bring our children before the throne of God. Easton’s Bible Dictionary describes prayer as “the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to Him. The Bible describes prayer as:
Is described as
a. Bowing the knees. Eph 3:14 .
b. Looking up. Ps 5:3 .
c. Lifting up the soul. Ps 25:1 .
d. Lifting up the heart. La 3:41 .
e. Pouring out the heart. Ps 62:8 .
f. Pouring out the soul. 1Sa 1:15 .
g. Calling upon the name of the Lord. Ge 12:8 ; Ps 116:4 ; Ac 22:16 .
h. Crying to God. Ps 27:7 ; 34:6 .
i. Drawing near to God. Ps 73:28 ; Heb 10:22 .
j. Crying to heaven. 2Ch 32:20 .
k. Beseeching the Lord. Ex 32:11 .
l. Seeking to God. Job 8:5 .
m. Seeking the face of the Lord. Ps 27:8 .
n. Making supplication. Job 8:5 ; Jer 36:7 .
What can happen when a mother prays? Here’s some examples:
One Glimpse Of Her In Prayer
Once I suddenly opened the door of mother’s room, and saw her on her knees beside her chair, and heard her speak my name in prayer. I quickly and quietly withdrew, with a feeling of awe and reverence in my heart. Soon I went away from home to school, then to college, then into life’s sterner duties.
But I never forgot that one glimpse of my mother at prayer, nor the one word—my name—which I heard her utter. Well did I know what I had seen that day was but a glimpse of what was going on every day in that sacred closet of prayer and the consciousness strengthened me a thousand times in duty, in danger, and in struggle. And when death came, at length and sealed those lips, the sorest sense of loss that I felt was the knowledge that no more would my mother be praying for me.
—J. R. Miller
Prayer Chain Started by Mother
When David Talmage, the father of the famous preacher, T. DeWitt Talmage, was an eighteen-year-old boy still living at home with his brother Jacob and his sister, one night the three of them were going to a party.
Their mother, who was an invalid, just before they left, called them to her bedside and said, “You are going out to a gay party; but I want you to know that I shall be on my knees praying for you until you return.”
They went, and on their return passed their mother’s door at two o’clock, catching a glimpse of her still kneeling by her bed.
Early the next morning, Mother Talmage wakened her husband and asked him to get up and see what was the matter, for she heard someone weeping.
Going hastily down to the living room Father Talmage found his daughter on her knees weeping, but when he undertook to speak to her, she said, “Go to the barn, father, for David is in worse need of you than I am. I shall be all right.”
Going to the barn the old gentleman found David weeping his heart out from the mighty conviction that had seized him. However, when Mr. Talmage had prayed a short time with him, David said, “Go to Jacob, he needs you more than I do now, I presume. He’s in the wagon shed.”
So it turned out that the Lord saved all three of the Talmage children that morning, in answer to the determined and definite praying of their mother.
David had a sweetheart living down the lane, and rising from his knees, he went right down to her home and told her the wonderful news about himself and his brother and sister being saved, urging her to give her heart to God.
In the prayer there they had together she, too, was added to the host of the redeemed. The news reaching the church produced a tremendous sensation, and a gracious and widespread revival followed!
This sweetheart of David’s later became the mother of T. DeWitt Talmage. Some years afterwards she made a solemn covenant with four other women to meet with them every Wednesday afternoon and pray for their children, until every child in the five homes was saved.
The covenant was kept until every child in the five families was converted.
—Herald of His Coming
Spurgeon On Mother’s Prayers
“I cannot tell you how much I owe to the custom on Sunday evenings while we were yet children for Mother to stay at home with us, and then we sat around the table and read verse after verse and she explained the Scriptures to us. After that was done there came a time of pleading, and the question was asked how long it would be before we would think about our state; how long before we would seek the Lord.
“Then came a mother’s prayer; and some of the words of our mother’s prayer we shall never forget even when our hair is gray.”
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Prayers for our Children
How should we pray? What should we pray? “Pray without ceasing”!! This doesn’t mean we should be praying all the time but we should be in close communication with the Lord all day long. We should also have regular times of prayer where we can bring specific requests and concerns to the Lord and offer Him the praise and thanksgiving that only belong to Him. I think prayers for our children should be specific also. By talking with other moms and reading many books, I’ve come up with a list of prayers that we can pray on behalf of our children. This list is by no means exhaustive and I’m sure you can add many more to it! I put these on note cards and have them with my devotional materials as a reminder to pray.
Pray that my children will trust in the Lord for direction in their lives, including their occupation: Proverbs 3:5-6
Pray that my children will fear the Lord and serve Him: Duet. 6:13
Pray that my children will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places, and that wrong people cannot find their way to my children: Proverbs 13:20 and 1 Corinthians 15:33
Pray that my children will hate sin: Psalm 97:10
Pray that my children will be teachable and able to take correction: Proverbs 13:1
Pray that my children will have quick, repentant hearts: Psalm 51:1-3
Pray that my children will know Jesus as Savior early in life: Psalm 63:1
Pray that my children will learn to submit totally to God and actively resist Satan in all circumstances: James 4:7
Pray that my children will have a responsible attitude in all interpersonal relationships: Daniel 6:3
Pray that my children will be single-hearted, willing to be sold-out to Jesus: Romans 12:1-2
Pray that my children will respect those in authority over them: Romans 13:1
Pray that my children will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong kind: Proverbs 1:10, 15
Pray that my children will honor their parents so all will go well with them: Ephesians 6:1-2
Pray that my children will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one: 2 Corinthians 6:14
Pray that my children and their prospective mates will be kept pure until marriage: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Pray that my children will live by the Spirit and not gratify the flesh: Galatians 5:16
Pray that my children’s lives will bear the fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23
Pray that my children will be caught when they are guilty: Psalm 119:71
I believe that we can have a great influence on our children through our prayers. God tells us to bring our requests before Him with thanksgiving. We can be thankful that God is a God who hears our prayers. Who listens and answers. We should also remember that God is sovereign and His answers are not our answers. He knows what is best for our children. We shouldn’t think of our prayers as magic potions that will always have the answer we want. Our children may stray; they may not want to follow in the right paths—that’s all the more reason to pray and keep praying. Even if they are older and far from the Lord, He wants us to persevere in prayer and to abound in hope. He wants us to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” He also says “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”