I’ve always prayed for my boys, but so often I find myself stumbling on how to pray for them. My prayers eventually ended up being the same thing, every single time. In fact, even our prayer time on the way to school has become so ritual and automatic (this is an awesome way to integrate a new routine and model consistent prayer times with your children!). So, I’ve been investing in thoughtfully finding new, yet practical, ways to pray for my boys. However, each of these can be molded into more specifics, but it’s a great starting point! Since this has been a topic of struggle for me, I can’t imagine I’m alone! I’m sure plenty of us moms find ourselves on autopilot.
So here are 8 practical and simple ways you can pray for your son:
◦ That his adventurous spirit and creativity flourishes and grows
◦ That his future wife is healthy and learns to love and be loved by Jesus
◦ That his heart remains soft enough to be teachable, yet strong enough to be a warrior for the lord
◦ That when faced with difficult decisions he remembers kindness and gentleness and how to honor God in all his choices
◦ That he finds his value in the Lord and remains sturdy when facing identity.
◦ That his body remains healthy and grows appropriately and perfectly according to God’s design specific to the child.
◦ That his heart is continually prepared, cultivated, and rooted in truth, trust, love and honor for his future wife and family.
◦ That his heart and mind stay continually fixated on the Lord and growing that relationship above all others.
Being prayer warriors for our sons will model to them what it looks like to be a warrior for God’s Kingdom, to fight the battle in prayer for his future family and perhaps someday his own kids. There’s something powerful and sacred about ensuring and investing in covering our children with prayer. It’s the greatest way to affirm them, to show your unconditional love for them and to model authentic relationship with the Lord in your own life. I would even encourage you (and myself) to start a routine of praying with your kids and giving them the opportunity to add what is important to them. For my 4yr old sometimes it’s his friends, cousins and teachers at school. Sometimes it’s the snack he’s looking forward to before recess. Sometimes I am undone when he brings a big chunk of heart to the conversation and asks for something or prays for me or certain emotions. Allowing your son to express his own thoughts in prayer life without judgement is powerful. He will learn that there is nothing too big or too small. That his life is incredibly significant to the Lord and He hears him no matter the requests or thoughts. It also allows your son to experience God in a tangible way- God will answer him! Why wouldn’t He? Isn’t it in His character to be a conversational God, even with our littles? Here’s the cool thing, God will also start showing your son what it means and looks like to wait! A vital aspect to their daily relationship with the Lord and a life lesson of patience and persistence!
Isn’t it exciting that YOU, Mama, get to be on the front line. The front row seat to encourage and nurture and model the Christian walk and authentic faith in Jesus Christ.