Praying the Hard Prayers
When we pray for our children we pray for many things. We pray for safety. We pray for comfort. We pray for ease. We pray for plenty.
There’s nothing wrong with praying for those things, but we do our children a disservice if that is all we pray.
I was listening to a song by Kendall Payne called Pray, and I thought about how I want to pray more for my children’s character to grow than for their comfort to increase.
That might just be the hardest thing for a mother to do, though. We want to make everything right for our children. We want them to be happy and content. We want them to be full of peace and feel loved.
But it’s so important for us to remember that when those things happen on the inside, the circumstances happening on the outside will never shake them.
So today, as you pray for your children, pray the hard prayers that push them to Jesus, because He is the only place they will ever fully find comfort, plenty, peace and love.
This song is called Pray and it’s by an artist named Kendall Payne. The lyrics are brilliant, convicting, difficult and deep. Her voice is gorgeous and the music…beautiful. Enjoy. (the song starts at 1:57)
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I will pray for you now, for you have been my faithful friends
While the road we walk is difficult indeed
I could not ask for more than what you’ve already been
Only that you would say these prayers for me
May your heart break enough that compassion enters in
May your strength all be spent upon the weak
All the castles and crowns you build and place upon your head
May they all fall, come crashing down around your feet
May you find every step to be harder than the last
So your character grows greater every stride
May your company be of human insignificance
May your weakness be your only source of pride
What you do unto others may it all be done to you
May you meet the One who made us
And see Him smile when life is through
May your blessings be many but not what you hoped they’d be
And when you look upon the broken
May mercy show you what you could not see
May you never be sure of any plans you desire
But you’d learn to trust the plan He has for you
May your passions be tried and tested in the holy fire
May you fight with all your life for what is true
I have prayed for you now all my dear and faithful friends
But what I wish is more than I could ever speak
As the way wanders on I’ll long to see you once again
Until then, would you pray these prayers for me?
Oh, that you would pray for me
Is it hard for you, like it is for me, to hear this song in light of your children and to think about praying hard prayers for them?