The Year Of Motherhood: Praying For My Kids

Praying for My Kids in July

I love the way God perfectly orchestrates things in our lives, and when we realize it, it can bring you straight to your happy place.  When I had this weird idea back in December to spend 2012 challenging myself in a new way each month I had no idea the amount of time I would spend away from my kids in the month of July, but I now know it was no coincidence that God planned for me to spend this month focusing on praying more for my kids.

I pray for my kids a lot, and I try to pray out loud over them every night, but I wanted something different.  I wanted to not just do the normal, “God keep them safe and thank you for another day” prayer, but I wanted to truly petition the Father on behalf of my kids.  Paul Miller says in his book A PRAYING LIFE that “prayer is a moment of incarnation – God with us.”  That’s what I want when I pray for my kids.  I want to be in a moment of God with me.

My Prayers this month

This month I spent 17 out of 31 days away from my babies.  They were at camp, and I was in London (I am there now as you read this!)  That is a lot of days for a momma to be away from her children in one month.  I relied on a lot of fabulous friends to take care of my kids and spent a lot of time praying for them.  I learned this month that while I was away from my kids it took me to my knees a lot more on their behalf.  When I was away from them my longing for them led me to the Father.  I was able to spend time not only thanking God for my blessings in my kids, but also asking God to draw them to him, to change their heart, and to show me ways my parenting could improve with each child.

Let me tell you a cool thing that happened this month with my praying for my kids.  Our boys went to a Christian camp for six nights and they loved every minute of it!  I still can’t believe they made it, but they did! 

While they were there, Aaron and I were on our own little vacation with no kids and during those days I told Aaron a few of the prayer points that I was praying for the kids.  One of them was a “strong biblical self-esteem” and another was “A passion for God”. 

I know that God has been drawing my oldest son, who is eight, toward him for many months now.  The conversations that we have are amazing, and he is truly wanting to know God more, and I believe that his week at camp brought him even closer to God.  He told me when he got home that he had made a decision to follow Jesus.  My husband and I spent a lot of time talking with him about this and showing him ways that we have seen God drawing him towards him and that God had love him first.  It was super sweet and when I look back and think about two of the things I had prayed for my kids while they were at camp, I can see God’s perfect timing over this whole silly challenge that I set out to do.


What’s Next

Next month I’m going to focus on something that should be fun and a challenge not only to myself, but also to my kids.  We are going to do family devotionals more often and work on memorizing scripture together.  I have a few friends that do this well, and boy am I going to rely on them for pointers and tips.  I also have a kids cd that’s straight from the bible ready to blast daily in the car so they can pick up some of God’s word just through song.

How do you do family devotionals?  Do you do them daily?  Morning?  Before bed?  Have you spent time memorizing God’s word together with your kids?  What is your advice for me?  Click HERE to join this conversation!

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  • Avatar Jessica N says:

    I read on a blog a while back that reading the same scripture passage over and over helps your kids memorize. We started reading Psalm 100. We read it every morning, every night, we wrote it out and decorated the page, and it wasn’t long at all that they were all quoting it! My kids ages range from 12 down to 1, and all but the 1 yr. old can rattle it off. We didn’t even have to try hard. Kids pick things up so quick! Now I need to pick a new passage.

  • Avatar Erika Dawson says:

    “How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.” (Isaiah 30:19) What a blessing to hear of God’s faithfulness in your kids’ lives.

    I can so relate to what you shared. Though I pray for my kids often, I fell into a pattern of praying for the “simple” things alone. I have spent the month of July praying specific Scripture over my kids, and it has been powerful! I’ve been sharing many of the prayers on my blog this month as an accountability tool to me and as a resource for other moms. God is working in powerful ways, and I am so grateful!

  • Avatar maddalena70 says:

    Jamie . . . . Very very inspiring . . . I know that I need two try with my two little girls . . . . 6 and 3 . . . But here in Italy it ia not so easy to find biblical for kids. . . .

  • Avatar Angela Smith says:

    OH, I almost CRIED when I read your post! My kids went to camp for the 1st time this year too & the stories of how God answered my prayers was just as dramatic and I am not sure who was more overwhelmed by God’s love & power–me or them!! As for family devos: My husband & I have decided that the phrases “nailing jello to the wall” accurately describes the chaos that used occur the minute we started family devotions before bedtime (our kids are 2, 3.5, 6.5 & 9)!! Soooo. . . we started doing them at the dinner table while they had more energy/attention, were eating & could interrupt less b/c their mouths were full but their ears were captive!! 🙂 It has been working GREAT! We have been using a family devotions book that had cool stories to illustrate the Scripture & we are TRYING to memorize but with a new verse each night, that isn’t working. And I agree that memorizing Bible verses is important! So, I started using a week-long Bible study on one Biblical trait (obedience, self-control, honesty) as the focus & one Scripture to memorize all week with my older kids. It is going really well–just learning curve with time & attention in the mornings before I rush off to work!! But we are PRACTICING our back 2 school routine now so that in 4 weeks it will be a strong habit!! BTW, I LOVE the idea of the music CD you referred to. Can you tell me the name so that I can purchase it?

  • We spent this past year memorizing James (my daughter is 11) because it was in our homeschool curriculum. But I would recommend it to anyone, memorize large chunks! The way I was most blessed was when I discovered Beth Moore’s James study and have been working through it, gaining more insights as I meditate on words crammed in. My daughter asked me to record the verses with verse numbers so she would know them, and she plays it every morning when she stretches before getting out of bed. She’s better than I am at memorizing, and I love her heart to keep the word fresh.
    Lately I have woken up with fears for my family, spiritually, and I just lay in bed praying, first thing. I often turn to Stormie Omartian’s Power of a Praying Parent. I grew up with the teaching that rote prayers weren’t as good as heartfelt stumbling “in your own word” prayers. I have found all sorts of prayers can be heartfelt, and I certainly enjoy both the prayers and scriptures in the Power of…series.
    Oh, and before last year with James, we listened online to Seeds family worship, which has Bible verses (NIV) set to cool music.
    Thanks for posting!

    • Avatar Angela Smith says:

      I like these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! There is power in moms sharing their experiences–makes us all better!!

  • Avatar Annie Kate says:

    Both my husband and I come from a family where the BIble is read with every meal. Physical food and spiritual food are taken together, in a sense. We also sing Psalms and hymns and memorize Bible texts then. It doesn’t take long, it’s completely uncomplicated, and it’s routine.

    If you wish, I could do a guest post on this for you.

  • Growing up my parents had us do family devotionals at night right before bed. We would all gather in the living room and we would read for about 30 minutes (sometimes a topical Christian themed book, sometimes fiction, sometimes nonfiction and sometimes straight from scripture etc) and then all go around and say a prayer. At the time (middle and high school) there were many nights we were not amused with this ritual BUT I am honestly so thankful my parents were so diligent in instilling values into me and my siblings. Also – if we were having friends spend the night the friends were part of the devo as well – no skipping family devo just because we had company, ha!

  • Avatar Penny says:

    Memorizing scripture is something we started last fall. I thought the kids would be a little grumble grumble about it but they weren’t at all.
    Since we’ve started, I’ve seen more and more posts/blogs about this topic. I’m not sure if the practice is spreading or if I’m just more aware of it now. Either way, I’m very glad we started.
    We have been working on short verses but over summer I took on 1 Corinthians 13 and I’m thinking that it might be easier to memorize larger blocks of verse. Certainly it’s easier to match the chapter and verse to the scripture this way. I have a hard time remembering where certain verses are (especially in the psalms).

    I wrote a post about our methods awhile ago. You can read about some of what we do here –