November 19 – Prayer for my Kids – Hunger for the Word

Read Psalm 119:9-16

There is so much pressure on you as a parent. You are crafting the mind and heart of a child and teaching them how to live and make sense of this world.

At the time of this writing, I am 29 years old and I still am learning from my parents. Their wisdom is unparalleled. They are the people who crafted my mind and heart into what it is today and taught me how to make sense of this world. Now, I have a son of my own and I am teaching him how things work and why certain things happen. I want Mattie to always be able to come up to Dad and ask about anything.

However, I want him, one day, to value his Heavenly Father’s opinion more than his dad’s.

I want both Mattie and Emma to have a hunger for the Word of their heavenly Father. I hope they understand that, while I love them more than anything in this world, I am human and make mistakes. I hope that, when they encounter trials in their life, they have a desire to please and honor God above me.

“With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.”

I recently remember a stressful situation I was in. I was trying to calmly operate through it but I could feel my anxiety rising, almost to the boiling point. I was seconds away from bursting out in tears when I could almost hear the sound logic of my dad in my mind, “Settle down. Take a breath. Handle one thing at a time. What are we going to do?” It was seriously as if he was there with me.

I hope Mattie and Emma internalize Scripture to the point that it comes out when they encounter real life situations. I hope that they will hear the voice of their heavenly Father in their heart and they follow His guidance.

So much in this world is based off human logic and emotion and not that of God. I earnestly pray that Mattie and Emma aren’t dragged away into this way of thinking. I pray that they would see through the cloud and see the light of truth.

Pray that your kids have a hunger for God’s Word. In what way are you crafting their hearts and minds and teaching them how to make sense of this world? Are you pointing them to Christ? Do they see the authority of Scripture?

Talk about being for the next generation! What if the next generation understood the authority of Scripture and held it in high regard? What if they based their lives and decision making off of its content?

That’s a next generation that is bright.

Jake Lawson

November 17 – Prayer for my Kids – Don’t be anxious

Read 1 Peter 5:6-7

Peter knew what it was to be afraid of stuff. He knew that anxiety tore up a peaceful mind, a single-minded commitment to the Jesus He trusted. It’s what had led him to the fireside, watching and denying the Christ He’d been following for years. Anxiety and fear made Peter deny even knowing the One about to be crucified for his own sake. Then it led him to shame and regret, the worries of all that he should have said, all that he could have done.

I know it too. Anxiety can keep me from the life that Jesus came to give me. I don’t want that for my kids. But Peter’s letter gives me two specific ways I can pray against this for my kids. He said,

  1. Humble yourselves.
  2. Cast your anxieties on God.

Humility undergirds every part of this section of Peter’s letter to the Jesus-followers who had been scattered all over the known world. They were suffering because of the God they’d chosen to serve. It’s a humility that exists only among those who have entrusted themselves to the God who has worked out a way for actual, living hope. It’s humility as a verb — the choice to humble oneself because of the forever and real hope of an inheritance that includes every spiritual blessing and all the grace of God Almighty. This humility leads to the second directive.

Cast your anxieties on God.

Without humility, the ability to cast one’s cares is out of the question. If we don’t believe that God is bigger and more capable than we are to take care of the whole of our lives, then we’ll never be able to turn over our fears to Him, never be able to trust His concern for our worries and the things that we’re most afraid of letting go. 

So, I ask the God who created them to grant my kids the strength to humble themselves. Because to humble oneself is no small task. It means entrusting everything they care about, all the ways they worry, to Him, and believing these matter to Him, letting Him take care of all of their cares.

I beg Him for this strength in my kids because worries and cares can consume to the point that they start to believe they know better than God does, that they care more about these things than He could. I pray they know how deeply He cares and I wait and watch for His work in them, even as I cast this worry onto Him and trust.

In what way can you humble yourselves before God? What anxieties are you struggling with that you need to cast on God?

Bria Wasson

November 16 – Prayer for my Kids – Thankful Hearts

Read Philippians 4:4-7

To become a parent is such an honor. It is daunting. It is miraculous. It is thrilling. It is nearly impossible to do correctly.

“You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail.

And there I find You in the mystery,

In oceans deep

My faith will stand.”

The first time I heard this comforting and relevant song, OCEANS, I found it to be a mesmerizing song with a very good message.

It is uplifting and the lyrics are about life. The lyrics could be about being a parent, including the mystery of it and the fact that we all fail as parents at times. Hopefully we learn from our mistakes and try to get better. Parenting is the most difficult job I’ve ever had and the hardest thing I have ever done. You plan, you work hard as a parent, be a good example, talk to other parents and communicate with your spouse. Communication is the key. Communicate with God. He is the guide. He is the real key.

“Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail

And fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed

And You won’t start now.”

As parents, we make decisions based on the information we have. Sometimes we lack information. So, we take a deep breath and we make the decision. We pray to God and ask for His guidance and His sovereign hand. Reciting Philippians 4:4-7 is helpful. Ask God for the peace of God which transcends all understanding. Sometimes that verse means a lot because some of the things that happen while parenting we do not understand.

When our daughter was a senior in college, she drove off the road and into dense woods and did not hit a single tree. Her car was not visible from the road – someone called 911 and, when we arrived on the scene, there was no explanation for how she was unharmed. Why did God protect her?

But looking back, I see God‘s sovereign hand. Rejoice. Be gentle. Do not be anxious. Present your requests to God. Let Him guide you. Can you meet this almost impossible challenge of parenting? Yes, you can – with prayer, petition and thanksgiving!

Tom Weckesser

November 15 – Prayer for my Kids – Contentment

Read Hebrews 13:5

If you didn’t start off reading the scripture for today, read it here one more time:

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

(Hebrews 13:5)

This verse could be extremely applicable to kids, teens, adults, and elders…with me being at the front of that line.

In almost every aspect of our daily lives, TV and social media ads tell us what we don’t have and that having “this” item will make you happy. The comparison culture is pushed in front of our kids’ eyes every day which drives continuous discontent on what they have.

So, what are some daily habits we can develop to help our kids learn contentment with the clothes they wear and things they have while teaching them the value and place of money?

1. Model Contentment (But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6)

Good or bad, whatever habits we have as parents, our kids will likely pick up. Always getting that new phone, new car, or designer clothing? There’s nothing wrong with having nice things, but explain to your kids what it took (45 hours of work, for example) to buy that new iPhone. Give them something tangible to relate to the effort and sacrifice buying that new item takes. Nothing is just free, regardless of what your kids might have seen some YouTuber show earlier that day. 

2. Battle for the Heart (For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21)

When kids start getting an allowance or even a first job, explain the value of giving to God. Giving the first profit, even if it’s $0.25, kids will start learning it’s not their money but God’s. Also, let your kids see you tithing, helping out others, or giving of your time…they are watching!

3. Ultimate Contentment (I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11)

There is story after story of celebrities or athletes who earned the big payday, achieved a milestone, or won a championship and still felt discontent. Jesus’ way is the only road we can head down that leads to a truly content life. Talk about the model Jesus provided throughout the New Testament about contentment and that He will provide exactly what you need and when you need it.

4. Daily Prayer (I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12)

 Ask God daily to provide a content mindset and focus in you and your family’s life. Turn away from the comparison culture and striving for more stuff by thanking the Lord for all of the blessings you have through Him. Your family, your health, or even in your job are things we all, at times, can take for granted.

As contentment in Christ starts infiltrating every part of your life, your kids will recognize it and follow your lead!

Drew Hilty

November 14 – Prayer for my Kids – Salvation

Read Mark 10:13-16

A sign in a local middle school says:

“Every mistake you make is progress.”

That could very easily be about being a parent.

Another sign in the school says:

“Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”

This could also be about being a parent.

Still another sign in the school says:

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

That is parenting!

As a parent, I am always asking myself about time management – what is most important? What are my priorities? What is more important: being busy with positive activities or God? How do I keep life in balance?

Here is the view of the founder of Focus on The Family:

“What is the biggest obstacle facing the family right now? It is over-commitment; time pressure. There is nothing that will destroy family life more insidiously than hectic schedules and busy lives, where spouses are too exhausted to communicate, too worn out to have sex, too fatigued to talk to the kids. That frantic lifestyle is just as destructive as one involving outbroken sin. If Satan can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy, and that’s just about the same thing.”

James Dobson

Over-commitment can be a problem if we do not have time to talk about spiritual things with our kids and take them to church. Can the family share a meal together three or four times a week and pray together and communicate?

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8

That verse helps.

In this parable in Mark 10, parents were bringing their children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples scolded them for bothering Jesus. (verse 13)

Jesus was angry and tried to resolve a problem. Jesus became angry about subjects that He cared deeply about. Here is a comforting verse:

“Train a child in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

Jesus was composed as He talked passionately about salvation. In the red letters, Jesus said:

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (verse 15)

Christ’s approach and intentions are a good gauge for how we, as parents, choose to balance our time, work and play.

Just because a parent is a Christian does not mean their kids will be Christians. What we as parents do, and how we do it, and what we say can be a big factor. Strive for a balanced life! As we pray for our children’s salvation and their future every day, remember to trust in God.

Jesus cared about salvation for everyone, including our kids.

Is your life in balance?

Tom Weckesser

November 13 – Prayer for My Kids – Live Lives of Love

Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

As a mother, when I was pregnant with Mattie and Emma, I prayed the same prayer and still do to this day: “That they love God and love people as they follow after Jesus”. 

First Corinthians 13 is probably one of the most well-known passages of the Bible as we have heard it at almost every wedding. Even though it is one of the most well-known, it is probably also one of the most overlooked passages because we hear it so often but probably do not take the true meaning into consideration when we listen to it.

It is one of the verses that changed my life and outlook on love itself after my Bible school teacher, Dr. Randall Smith, explained it as; “Love is a verb”.

How I read 1 Corinthians 13 now: 

“Loving someone can mean long suffering.

To love means to be considerate.

To love means we are not discontent or resentful.

Love is not self-satisfying or self-absorbed

Love honors others.

Love is not out for oneself.

Love means forgiving.

Love knows truth.

Love does not look like this world.

Love protects, trusts, holds hope, and perseveres.

It never fails.”

I never thought of “love” as an action, as something we must do and not just feel until I put it to work and was shown this true kind of actionable love from other believers. 

In knowing that, it is not just an emotion but an action, I pray that my children and children everywhere exude and learn what true love is and show it to those around them so that, those they come in contact with, see a difference of love. 

I pray that they see Jesus in how my children love. 

Jake and I are blessed to have a son, Mattie, who loves everyone. When he sees another kid, even a stranger, he automatically says “That’s my friend!” Mattie already is showing actionable love to those around him at just the age of 4. I thank God for this every day. I thank God for the village he has surrounded our family with that helps our son learn what true love is and that, as he grows, he follows after Jesus and continues to practice the actionable love Jesus shows us. 

I want you to go back and read 1 Corinthians 13. If you have children, I want you to pray each line over them. If you don’t, insert your own name. I pray that we all examine our lives and see what perspective of love we hold and allow the Lord to work through that and change it, so that we, too, can show the action of love and not just the emotion.

Kelly Lawson