Have you ever been fired up as a mother after listening to a particular message at church?
Your action plan is to start praying consistently for your children. You are ditching prayerlessness for good.😔😔
You have your plan laid out, bible in hand, songs to worship and words to declare.
And then you take that spot on your sofa, start to mumble some words when you suddenly jump up at the sound of your alarm and realise its 5am in the morning.
If you can relate, please raise those hands up. 🙌🙌🙌
You still have on clothes from the previous day, and then that guilt feeling washes over you. “Not again”, you say.
I remember many times laying down on my bed determined to pray for my kids that night, but then my tired body took over and my eyes slowly shut out the world around her.
How about that feeling you get after hearing mothers tell stories about how they wake up every night to pray for their children? You are left wondering if you are really doing enough.
Prayer is communication with God. It is talking to him. It is listening to him speak to you. Prayer also has a lot to do with your faith in him.
So whether you mumble those words about your children to him while doing dishes, or you sing him a song of praise while making meals, or you pour your heart out to him about that child when taking a shower. It really doesn’t matter.
Only let those words come from the heart of a daughter who seeks wisdom, hope and strength in the arms of her heavenly father.
And I want you to know that God hears every single word you speak about your children. He also hears all your unspoken desires for them.
And if you ever feel like you are not doing enough to fill up those prayer tanks for your children, remember that little drops of water make a mighty ocean.
So here are 3 QUICK WAYS TO PRAY EVERYDAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN.
1. PRAY WITH THEM IN THE MORNING
Your mornings can get very busy as a mother, but commitment and being intentional is very key on this journey.
You can always say a quick prayer together with your child/children before or after you bath them in the morning.
This is what I do with my 8 year old son. If I start the week praying on Monday, he prays on Tuesday, and then I pray on Wednesday.
We swap days till the end of the week. We miss some days at times but I am determined to keep at it. Keep it simple and short too.
2. PRAY OVER THEM AT NIGHT
Have you ever taken time to watch the silent rise and fall of the chest of your children while they sleep? Amazing!
You can feel the grace, peace and calm around them when they are asleep.
I began to do this a few weeks back.
As I put them down to sleep (I have 2 children), I will put my hands on their heads and speak words and prayers over their lives.
Sometimes, if I have any specific issue in mind over any child, I use those few minutes to tell it to my heavenly father.
3. PRAY SCRIPTURES OVER THEM.
This last one you can do randomly anytime during the day.
You can also choose a day every week where you specifically pray the word of God over your children.
I will share 3 scriptures from my collection of scriptures that I pray over my children.
Lord you will guide …………. with counsel and lead him/her into a glorious destiny.
May God teach you ………….. to do his will and lead you in the land of uprightness. Psalm 143:10
God has covered your head ……….. in the day of battle. Psalm. 140:7
(Forgive my bias for the book of psalm, it is such a rich book in the bible.)
God’s word is so powerful. Imagine speaking it over the lives of your children daily. It never returns to you empty.
And yes, you may not feel like praying sometimes, life may overwhelm you at other times or you may just have ignored this vital part in your motherhood journey.
Start afresh, be willing to try again, inspire yourself, stay committed and choose to see the bigger picture.
Your words are life and God’s word in your mouth is a weapon to ward off intruders trying to invade the lives and destinies of your children.
Will you find new and creative ways to pray constantly for your children today?