Yet we tend to underestimate it. Due to the busy days of a mom, we often revert to reciting and mumbling through payers at mealtimes and bedtimes. Throughout the day we lift short prayers of desperation like these,
"Lord, I need patience in about half a second."
"Father, give me grace."
"Jesus, protect them from harm today."
"Jesus, heal my child."
Many times as I collapse into bed, exhausted, I've uttered the prayer, "Lord, please just make them turn out all right!"
We barely cover the bases.
We question why we need to use precious energy to ask Him for anything. He already knows what we need better than we do, right?
We take on the mindset that He doesn't want to hear from us because we don't know how to speak great and fancy 'prayer talk' using thee, thou, thy and thus.
It is true He knows better than we what we need and even before we ask. (Matt.6:8) However, He wants us to bring to Him "all kinds of prayers and requests"! (Eph.6:18) All kinds! Those are His words. Not mine.
We are a mighty force against the enemy of our souls and our children's souls when we purposely place ourselves in the gap, inteceding on their behalf.
So, when it comes to praying for our children, be it a small desperate, yet heartfelt prayer, or a big elaborate prayer with all the thee-ing and thou-ing, we can be sure He hears us and He will mightily answer the prayers of the righteous.
Consider Ezekiel 22:30. I have added my own words in the brackets [ ].
This is the Lord speaking, "I looked for a man[parent] among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land[children/future generations] so I would not have to destroy it[them],"
Won't we as mothers, who are told to love our children, (Titus2:4) show the greatest possible love, using the power of prayer to build up a wall around our children to deflect the fiery darts of the enemy? (Eph.6:16)
If we do not take action, and He finds no one to intercede, He will do as He said in the continuation of Ezekiel 22:30-31:
"...but I found none. So, I will pour out my wrath on them [parent/child] and consume them [parent/child] with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord."
Sobering. Very, very sobering.
May you and I bravely stand in the gap, fully "convinced that He is able to guard what I [we] have entrusted to Him for that day" (2Tim.1:12) and every day.
Below, I have shared 5 verses and scripture sections to pray over your children.
There are numerous interceding scripture lists on other sites, so I tried to stick to some you may be less accustomed with to freshen it up and keep it less habitual. I've added bracket words and made the 5 verses into one continuing prayer. Afterwards, I encourage you to look them up in your Bible.
Let's fight the good fight, dear mothers! May you and your children be blessed!
1. Micah 6:8...Lord, I pray my children will always know what You require of them: "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your[their] God."
2. Isaiah 54:13-14...I release them to You, Jesus, declaring, "All your sons[my children] will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your[my] children's peace. In righteousness you[they] will be established."
3.Jeremiah 32:38-40 KJV...Father, may You say of them, "They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they my fear Me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:...I will not turn away from them,...but I will put my fear in their hearts that they shall not depart from Me."
4. Isaiah 49:25...May You do as You promise when You say, "I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children will I save." (here 'save' means salvation, protection, healing, comfort, etc.)
5. Psalm 119:109-112...And when they are grown, Lord, may they boldly proclaim to You,"I will not forget Your law. ...I have not strayed from Your precepts. Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping Your decrees to the very end."
And all the mothers, with a resounding voice, said... "Amen!"
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