How are you praying for your children? I’m discovering that persistence in prayer doesn’t always mean praying for a thing every half hour or so for several weeks. Persistence in prayer sometimes means praying for a thing every few weeks or months, for years.
A few long-term, ongoing prayer requests:
- That my children would know God, and learn to love him and his Word.
- That I would have glimpses of the work God is doing in their hearts (of necessity, since their personalities don’t always make it obvious).
- That God would provide Godly friends, and Godly adults, that would encourage my children.
- That God would help me keep the children busy– that I would be able to find ideas that help them to be productive and mentally challenged.
Many of these, I have to work for, while I’m praying! I need to stop and be still long enough to remember what God is doing in my life each week, so that I will be able to share those things with my children! I need to be willing to give up my evening time (especially when Lee is at the hospital, my brain is tired, and I just want alone time!) when they want to talk.
I need to ask them what God is teaching them, ask them how I can pray for them.
But I can’t be and know everything. For example, I have been racking my brain for things to keep my children busy, and coming up short quite often.
Today I was reminded how good God is as I heard my son playing basketball on a hoop that we were given, a basketball hoop that I didn’t ask for and probably would have refused most days. We asked David if he wanted it, and he said no. We were given it anyway. God knew, and I am thanking him this morning for hearing our prayers, for answering them even when we are a little dense and don’t realize he IS answering them!