Today I'd like to share about praying with your children.
This is something I know first hand makes a difference.
I have three children, a son 23, a daughter 21 and another daughter 17. As a mom I've failed many times and made a lot of mistakes, but there is one thing I know I did right...
Every night I sat with each of my children and we prayed together. We prayed for tummy aches, for good sleeps, for forgiveness, for friends and family, and we thanked God for all we had.
As they got older their prayers became more serious and intimate with God and they began to have quiet time alone with Him.
In those times of prayer my children met Jesus.
Not a religious icon or symbol but the Son of the living God. The One who loves them more than we as parents ever could. I would remind my children that the love of God was so much more then the love we could give. I would often say... 'always remember we love you, but God loves you more.' : )
My children are older now and I love seeing and hearing them pray. Prayer is a form of trust in the Lord. A trust that He is there and listening.
"...they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him." 1 Ch. 5:20
My children are far from perfect but it amazes me when every once in awhile I see the Lord perfecting them, showing them His perfect way. It's such a joy as a mother.
If I could give any advice as a mom it would be to pray with your children.
Introduce them to Jesus. And be real in your prayers. Children need to see their parents humbled at the cross, and parents who cry out to the Lord for strength. They need to see we all need Him.
|"If My people who are called by My name will 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 Ch. 7:14|
Here's a little help to get you started praying with your children.
It's called the A.C.T.S. Prayer:
- A stands for “adoration.” Begin the prayer by simply adoring God for who He is.
- C stands for “confession.” Spend some time confessing your sins.
- T stands for “thanksgiving.” Take time to thank God for the blessings that He has given to you and your family.
- S stands for “supplication.” Lift up specific areas of your life in which you need God to supply for your needs.