Parenting requires many skills, duties, emotions, and actions. Periodically on the blog, I will share tips that I learned over the past 22 years as a parent. My parenting tip #1 is prayer. Prayer is HUGE!
I have prayed for my children in all aspects of their lives since they were babies. My early prayers were for things such as their health and development. Then while attending a women’s Bible study, I learned to pray for their future as well. This means not only to pray for the adult they will become but to pray for their future relations. Specifically their future spouses. This lesson hit me heavy because I had never considered doing this. Their future is equally important as the present is for prayer. As our children aged my prayers changed. The additions of academic blessings, comfort while making a presentation, safety while playing sports, etc. were needed. The intensity grew when they started going out at night and even more so when they started driving. Many times faith is all we have when our kids become separated from us.
Two of our three kids are no longer living at home, and I must say I’m praying more now than ever. I confess I worry a lot. Therefore I pray a lot. Our son plays the brutal contact sport of football. I love football, but I don’t love seeing BIG guys hit, crunch and land on our son. Many nights it is a prayer that allows me to fall asleep. It calms my mind and stops the racing thoughts. Prayer gives me comfort that I do not get from anyone or anything else. If you do not practice regular prayers for your children, I challenge you to try it.
Six years ago a sweet friend gave us a Christmas gift that I have treasured since. That gift was a daily desktop calendar titled The Power Of A Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. It is heavy duty spiral bound with a hardback cover making it sit firmly on a surface and easy to flip from day to day. The calendar has the month and day, so it is reusable year after year. I keep this calendar on the dresser in our bedroom where we can see it every day.
It starts January 1 with, “Our children’s lives don’t ever have to be left to chance. We can start right now-this very minute, in fact-making a positive difference in our children’s future. It’s never too early and never too late. At every stage of their lives our children need and will greatly benefit from our prayers.” Stormie rotates the days with devotionals and bible verses, such as “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
One of my favorite devotionals in the calendar states, “Being a praying parent doesn’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen to your children or that they will never experience pain. They will, because pain is a part of life in this fallen world. But the Bible assures us that our prayers play a vital part in keeping trouble from them.”
This is so true. Do not get discouraged by prayer when your child experiences pain or a bad thing. Instead turn to prayer for help through the tough times. Prayer is a powerful tool. I fully believe in the power of prayer. This is why it is my Parenting Tip #1. I would like to hear your thoughts. You can leave them in the comment section below.
If you would like to read my previous parenting post, you will find it here.
It appears that the daily calendar I have is no longer in print. The copies that are available are very expensive. This is the book that influenced the calendar if you are interested in reading Stormie’s work. She also has a Book Of Prayers, a Study Guide, and Prayer Cards.
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