Pray that your child's whole body, soul and spirit will be His. That they would have the mind of Christ, letting His thoughts be theirs; having the arms of Christ that reach where His reach, having the hands of Christ that touch whom He touches, having a heart that sorrows and rejoices as He does, and feet that would walk in His path.

Praying Over Our Children

I have prayed over each of my children a specific and unique prayer from the time they were in my womb. For example, over my first-born son, I have prayed daily that God would make him "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." When he was young, he would tell me the next morning of the battles that He won in the Name of Jesus while he was dreaming at night because I would send him to sleep with that prayer. And, the very one I have prayed would "be filled with obedience and joy" is the very one that desperately needs those things. And on it goes for each child. And as the years go by, each one has either desperately needed the particular character quality I have prayed over them, or are displaying the tendency toward that quality. If you don't already do this, ask God specifically what He would have you pray over each one, and begin tonight as you tuck them in bed. This not only speaks into their life about what God is working out in them, but they will remember you praying over them when they are a
dults and raising their own children up in prayer.

Another way of praying over your children that will produce eternal fruit is to pray scripture over them as mentioned earlier. For example, "Father, you have said in your Word …." (pray whatever verse fits the situation.) This conveys that the Word of God is the voice of God in our life. The first benefit is that when they go to read their Bible, they will begin to read it as God speaking to them personally as opposed to Him speaking to an abstract audience or not speaking at all. And they will need not struggle long with the question of whether God actually speaks to His people or if they can hear God personally, for they will already be hearing Him through His written Word. The second benefit is that they will know exactly where to turn for answers to all of life's problems and questions. And all of this can begin by you just praying over them consistently.

Praying With Our Children

Too often we only talk to our children when they come to us. Instead of just talking to them, bring God into the conversation by talking to God with them. Begin to pray with them whenever they come to you, whether it be with a problem or when they are happy or sad about something; when they need discipline or when they have been offended; when they come with a continual academic problem; when they write letters to people or when they are afraid; when they wake up and when they go to bed; at all times, in all places, with all earnestness!! Prayer shows them our own relationship with our Father, and praying with our children brings them into that relationship until such a time as they will of their own accord turn to Him in prayer. Make prayer a lifetime habit not only for you, but bring up your children in prayer – they will thank you for it in eternity.

Deborah Wuehler is the Devotional and E-Newsletter editor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She lives in Roseville, CA with her husband Richard and their six gifts from heaven. E-mail Deborah at devotions@tosmag.com