What can you do to make this summer count? The biggest thing to keep in mind is that your war room is the secret to a successful summer!
One of the most important things you can do as a parent is pray for your children!
We are in a spiritual battle for our families, and need to go to war for them.
This is something that we can’t afford to take lightly – we must be intentional and purposeful about praying consistently for our children.
Prayer is our source of power, and when we pray, God works.
Prayer is the most important part of rearing our children because God can do what we cannot do.
The parent who is serving God recognizes his own insufficiency. He knows God must work in the hearts of his children in order to make them receptive to truth. While the parent teaches the child about sin and grace, he asks the Father to draw that young heart to active and personal faith in Christ. While the parent diligently teaches God’s Word, he asks God to protect his children from the snares of Satan. Divine Design for the Family – Ray Wenger
As parents you are going to face challenges with your children. You are going to face discouragement, and maybe even fear.
Fortunately we have a God who invites us to bring our needs and our fears to Him.
In Isaish 45:11 He invites us to command the work of His hands. I love that!
As a new missionary, Herbert Jackson had a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.
Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. Before leaving, Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started. As he talked, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, “Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable.” He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years, needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from taking advantage of it.
I remember times of discouragement as a mom with eight children.
There were days when the kids were having bad attitudes, bickering with each other, and being uncooperative. I would find myself mumbling and grumbling about it, and God would gently remind me that I hadn’t been praying for them like I should.
I saw first hand that prayer DOES make a difference! That’s when I made a commitment which I still keep, to pray for my kids every day.
The KEY to making your prayers powerful, is to pray Scripture prayers. God’s Word has power that our words don’t have, and when we pray those words back to Him, we are putting His power to work in the lives of those we are praying for.
Praying Scripture isn’t a hard thing to do. Simply take a verse and turn it into a prayer.
For example, I often use the verse in Proverbs 21:1, and prayer: “Father, if You can change the heart of a king, you can change the heart of my child.”
To help you pray Scripture consistently for your children, I encourage you to join the free 30 day prayer challenge: Praying Biblical Virtues For Your Children.
If you’d like to get your kids praying Scripture daily, check out the Devotional Prayer Journal for Kids that goes along with the Praying Biblical Virtues For Your Children.
RELATED: HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO PRAY
I can’t think of a much better summer project than getting your children into the habit of praying Scripture daily!
Don’t forget to grab this pretty prayer journal to help you journal your prayer request, answers to prayers, as well as to write your prayers.