2021 has carried a lot of transitions and unknowns. The beautiful thing about a new year is it carries new days.
Last week we talked about what our kids need from us during Christmas. Today we are expanding on the idea and seeking what our kids need from us in the New Year. This year, we are inviting you to focus on the light and the life Jesus brings. Our passion is for you to do something kingdom oriented for your family. Our passion is for you to pray.
As we prepared for these podcasts, we felt like God wanted us to invite you to talk to Him. He has things He wants to say to you about your life, your family, and your future.
Today is all about prayer and how it changed the whole trajectory of our kid’s lives. Devotion to prayer changed entire seasons for our family.
God gives us wisdom about our children. As we pray the wisdom over them, their heart and our hearts change.
Here are a few examples of how prayer changed our kid’s lives
Mollie + Parents
Mollie is not Don’s biological daughter and as our family grew, we prayed about what Mollie’s relationships with her biological father looked like. We asked him to allow Mollie to be fully a part of our family and give her a stability in her upbringing.
God went before us and we knew “custody”conversations can be a sticky. We validated the sacrifice of Mollie’s dad and as Mollie got married several years ago, we saw the fruit of this prayerful process.
Madeline + School
Madeline switched schools her sophomore year of high school. It was a rough year to transition into a whole new friend group and sport’s team. As she sat alone at her lunch table that first semester, we prayed God would open people’s eyes to see how amazing Madeline was and all the ways she is fun and filled with God. All year we prayed and in March, she went on a mission trip and came back with supernatural friendships.
Prayer can take months or even years but the fruit of prayer is so worth it.
McKenzie + Learning
McKenzie and Michael both had learning disabilities. We found out Kenzie had dyslexia. We prayed over the help and counsel of how to homeschool and help them learn to read.
This prayerful process knitted McKenzie and Michael together and created a friendship they used to weather future storms. The prayers we prayed helped us have insight into how to teach our kids, give them other tools to help them be a success.
God knows what they need and when we talk to Him, He will give us the wisdom to raise them.
Reasons to Pray
Scripture is so inviting. The word of God gives us the why and how of prayer.
We are called to always pray
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Your prayers bring peace
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
Your prayers bring forgiveness
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Your prayers have great power
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
Your prayers bring God into the situation
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
Your prayers bring healing
Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. Psalm 30:2
Your prayers give you wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
Your prayers are heard
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
We’ve shared our experience with praying for our children. We’ve shared how valuable scriptures says prayer is so now we’ll finish the podcast with some of the methods we used to keep prayer alive for our children in the crazy busy season of raising children.
Ways to bring prayer into our busy lives:
Hang a picture by your bed and pray for each child when you look at the pic before you go to sleep and when you wake up
Pray with your spouse about situations
Share with friends’ prayer requests when you need extra prayer power
Have a prayer journal with a section for each child
Pray with the child
Pray with the siblings on behalf of the child
Pray right after you drop them off at school or on your way to pick them up
Pray outside their room after you tuck them in at night
Have a family prayer night (maybe once a month or on special times)
Prayer is simply talking to God. The creator and maker of our children. He knows what they need, what wounds the world has given them and he has a plan and a purpose for the and he wants to share all his knowledge and wisdom with us.
He’s just waiting for us to ask. We ask, he answers, a conversation is had and it’s called prayer.
So, this year, let’s up our prayer game for our kids! Let’s commit to pray for them at a whole new level. If you’re not, then start. If you pray often then up your game by finding a new point in time or make a journal or invite others to pray with you.
Approach the Father on behalf of your child and pray for each child. You will see the fruit of prayer in your life.
Ask God how you can up your prayer game! Ask him to show you the spiritual battle that’s being fought on behalf of your kids.
Invite your spouse into what you pray for each kid and share different insights God gives you along the way.