Have you ever thought about praying for your child's future spouse? A few years ago, {{Wayne Watson}} recorded a wonderful song called "Somewhere In The World." In that song he prays that his two sons will grow up to be godly men. And then he prays that his sons' future wives will grow up to be godly women. Somewhere in the world, there's a little girl just for his son. And he implores her to "hold on to Jesus."

Ever since I heard that song, I started praying for both of my daughters' future husbands. I want my girls to have godly husbands when they marry. But I don't want to wait until they are married to start praying that they'll be godly. Those young men are making decisions right now that will affect the rest of their lives. We need to pray that they're already holding on to Jesus every day.

It's never too early to start praying that your children will grow up to be godly men and women who will marry godly women and men. Some parents fear that this will encourage their children to look for romance at too early an age. I can certainly relate to that concern. My personal goal was to delay my daughters from dating until they were 37! But my wife thought that letting them date at 16 was a more reasonable compromise.

The focus of my talks with my daughters is not on ooey-gooey feelings of falling in love. We've been talking about the importance of waiting and dating and choosing a mate since they were old enough to think about such things. I don't pray that either of their husbands will be handsome or rich. I pray that they will be spiritually strong and morally pure. I pray that my daughters and their future husbands would challenge each other to become people for God. Finally, I pray that they would raise their children to live for Jesus.

I pray like this for two reasons. The first is that I want my daughters to know that I am interested and concerned about their lives -- today and tomorrow. They know that I care enough to want the best for them. As they continue to grow in Christ and to date godly men I have been known to ask, "Is this the one I'm praying for?" Their responses have led to wonderful conversations.

The other reason I pray is that prayer works! Somewhere in the world, there are indeed two young men making decisions right now that will affect them and my daughters for eternity. I pray that they will hold onto Jesus and make the right choices to grow into godly men. And I'm sure they will, because prayer works and God is already at work today for my daughters' future.