When we were going through the fiery trials of pastoring, a minister told me, “The prayers of your grandparents are sustaining you right now.” My godly grandparents had been deceased for many years, but I believe that their prayers live on and are now living on in my children.
My daughter recently attended a conference and told me that someone there had prophesied over her. “They said that the prayers of my mother would come to pass. I couldn’t wait to call you to find out what you have been praying for me.” I am not sure what she was expecting but my prayers for my children are not for belongings, positions, or honors. My consistent requests come from a combination of eighteen scriptures that contain the basic core values instilled in me from my parents and grandparents and that I hope to pass on to the next generation.
My prayers for my kids, that I hope will be passed onto theirs, usually go something like this:
Our Father which art in heaven, we love Your name!
Let Your kingdom be evident in my children and let Your will be done in their lives.
Help them to be genuine, to know the truth, love the truth, and let it set them free.
Jesus, supply their needs.
Forgive them as they forgive others.
Help them to love and respect others even when it isn’t deserved. Don’t let the sun go down on their wrath. Help them to place their enemies in your hands, letting go of grudges or hurts.
Keep them from temptation and deliver them from evil.
Anoint my children. Help them to avoid evil by having mental clarity and integrity, and by making good choices.
Surround my children, infuse them, saturate them, and consume them with Your love.
Help them to mature in You and have a sure footing. Help them to be examples and not to faint in the day of adversity. Give them joy! Help them to be peaceable and slow to anger. Help them to use kind words and to be easily entreated.
I pray that my children will walk in Your power, boldness, confidence, and authority. Help them to fear no evil.
Teach my children to pray and to study Your Word. Guard their hearts. Set a watch over the things that come in their minds but especially those that come out of our mouth, for those are what defiles. Keep them from the influences of the world as they grow up in a fun, healthy, and godly environment.
May my kids have great faith so that nothing will be impossible for them
I pray that my children will do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.
Help my children to always be thankful for their salvation, their spiritual legacy and inheritance, their past traditions and future promises.
Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever!
As for our house, we will serve the Lord!
Note: Dr. Robbie Crawford has worked more than twenty-five years as a teacher, an educational administrator, a licensed minister and an associate pastor. She received a PhD in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she was inducted into four honor societies. She is currently the director of New Life Preschool in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as the children’s pastor and Sunday school director.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2018 Newsletter – UPCI LM <firstname.lastname@example.org)