Thursday, August 26, 2010

Praying For My Kids

As many of you know and are experiencing, schools have started once again. We have a 5th grader, 2nd grader, and on Monday, my little princess started kindergarten. We are so proud of her (and the boys as well) and are really looking forward to how she is going to learn and what is going to happen in her life. Here is her on her first day of school.



Every year when school begins, there seems to be an added jolt to my prayer life. I pray constantly for my kids, but when they start school, I seem to shift it to another level. I think I am driven to pray so much more for them because now I am not with them all day long (or at least mom with them all day long). They are now being influenced by others, mostly their teachers and other students. I am not there to listen to what they talk about. I am not there to protect them from seeing things I would not want them to see.

When I pray for my kids, I am reminded of one passage in which Jesus is praying for His disciples. It is found in John 17:13-17. Jesus prays:

"But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth."
This passage helps shape my prayers for my kids on several levels, but the one I want to highlight right now is a prayer for protection. Jesus prays that God would not take them out of the world. He knows that in order for them to make an impact upon the world, they are going to have to be in it. But his prayer is that they would be protected from the evil one.

Here is how I work this out in the life of my kids. Every morning when I take the kids to school, we pray in the car. I pray for them that they would be protected. I pray for their purity. I pray that God would keep their eyes from seeing things they should not see. I pray that God would protect their ears from hearing things they should not hear. I pray that the enemy would not target my kids.

And I pray this out loud so they can hear it. I think it is important for your children to hear you as a parent begging God to keep them holy and pure. So, pray for your kids today. Pray with your kids today. We do it because we know that apart from God, we have no hope of their protection. Amen?

3 comments:

  1. Thad,
    Thank you for these encouraging words! I agree with the added jolt in prayer life. My jolt came the minute we knew we were expecting Mackie...and continues to jolt with each new stage in her life.

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  2. Such an amazing prayer in John to pray for our kids. I have that written on a 3x5 card and it was a constant prayer for Tressa when she was in college. So great to find scripture to pray for those we love. What an encouragement for parents to pray their concerns out loud in front of their kids.

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  3. This is such an awesome Scripture! One of the parents used this concept on her son this year as he enterred first grade at our school. He told his teacher that his daddy was in Heaven. She, of course, thought that his dad had died. Then the six-year-old said, "You see, Jesus is my daddy." What a precious thought! And to think that he prayed for me when he was facing death! Abba! Father!

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