Monday, May 11, 2009

Praying for Their Footsteps

These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

"Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me." Proverbs 119:133

"My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped." Psalm 17:5

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you." John 15:7

I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to start praying for our children. I am so excited to begin this meme, but realize that I may not have many join in at first. I will be doing this every Monday, because it is the beginning of the work week, a good way to start the week since we spend many hours teaching our children, especially if you are a stay at home mom, and the blog scene is usually quiet over the weekend.

This meme is created to specifically remind and encourage one other to pray for our children and to do so using Scripture. It is meant to be for a mom of any age with children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren of any age. Of course, if you are a woman who does not have any children at all, please join in and pray for both the children you desire and for the spiritual children you already have. In fact, anyone, mother or not, feel free to pray for your spiritual children and for those you mentor on here as well. The main purpose is to use Scripture to encourage and uplift while learning to pray diligently as well.

Randomly, but not so randomly, because God is Abba Father and in control of all our "random" things, I found a website which encourages you to pray seven prayers for your children seven times a day. Here is a link:

Aside from all the formal details, each week my prayers will change based on my children's changing needs, but here is a sampling of our prayers for this week:

For their salvation:
I pray that both Princess and Pea will come to have Christ dwell in their hearts through
faith. I pray also that each one would be rooted and established in the love of Christ that they may not depart from the teachings they will learn now. I pray that one day they will have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and that they will know this love that surpasses knowledge, so that they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
From Ephesians 3:17-19 and Proverbs 22:6

For their jealousy and brotherly love:
Let Princess or Pea be at peace when either feels that one gets something he or she deserves and wants, so that each one may have life and rejoice with one another. Let them be devoted to one another in brotherly love, honoring one another above themselves.
From Proverbs 14:30, Romans 12:15, and Romans 12:10

For obedience:
Father, allow both Princess and Pea to have a heart of obedience that they would obey us, for your word says this is right. Let each one honor both mommy and daddy in they way they are created, so that it may go well with each one and each may have a long life. Help mommy and daddy to consistently teach them your ways so that they are not exasperated and frustrated.
From Ephesians 6:1-4 and Psalm 139:14

Specifically, let Princess grow in grace, beauty, and wisdom from the Lord, for that is what her name means and why we gave her that name. Let Pea be a man whose God is Yahweh and thus is known for loving and obeying Him for that is what is name means as well.

Now, it is your turn. Either leave me a comment on how you are praying for your children, or grab my button on the right of my page, blog about what you are praying for your children on your site and come back and leave a link here. Also, if you are just discouraged as a parent, cannot think of a prayer, leave a comment on what you are struggling with, and I will pray for you, and hopefully offer a verse for you or direct you to someone else who can help you best. This is my first time to use Mr. Linky, so I hope it works. Please include the URL directly to your post, not to your blog homepage. If you are a facebook user, and would like to participate, either leave a note in the notes section of your profile or comment on my networked blog page. And, if you just really love praying for your kids and know someone else who would love it too, forward them the link. Thank you for participating.

To God be the Glory,

P.S. Many thanks to Trista for the blog button.


  1. Thanks for your comment at the Cafe. Looks like this will be a great meme. I wish you the best! God bless!

  2. I used your title and added your button to my blog for today. Thanks for encouraging this prayer journey.

  3. LOVED this post Jamie. I have just recently been praying for Dylan and Lily in more specific ways. Thank you for reminding me of the value of praying scripture over our children. I really do believe this generation is going to have more challenges than any other thus far. It scares me. But, I know that my prayers are heard and that God has plans to prosper them.

  4. Thanks, Meredith. I am hoping to add the prayers back to my blog soon. I agree with you in that they will have more challenges than any other generation thus far. Sometimes I forgot to be specific and praying Scripture helps me focus on the right things to pray.


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