Praying For Our Children Part 1
Day 28: 40 DAYS PRAYER, FASTING AND WORSHIP FEB 3rd to MARCH 14th, 2021. 2021, A YEAR OF NEW BEGINNING - ISAIAH 43:17-19
Short Exhortation About Children
Children are God’s gifts and a major part of the blessings of marriages. One of the main reasons why God instituted marriage is for procreation and an opportunity to raise godly children. In Genesis 1:28, the bible says, “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Children are part of the blessing of marriage. Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”
God expects us to raise up our children in a godly way. God testified about Abraham that he chose him so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord (Genesis 18:9). Since Abraham is the father of faith, the same expectation that God had for Abraham is the expectation from all parents. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Abraham was able to raise his lineage in the way of the Lord, and this is required of all parents.
We need to be very careful not to lose focus of our primary responsibility as parents in ensuring that our children fear God and do His will. We have records of many parents who did well in ministry but failed in their home. Aaron lost his two sons Nadab and Abihu in one day because they offered a strange fire to the Lord (Leviticus 10:1-20. Eli lost his two sons because they treated God’s offering with contempt ( I Samuel 2:12-17). Samuel, as highly respected as he was, his children, Joel and Abijah did not take after his ways. They misbehaved and due to their misbehavior, the Israelites demanded for a king (1 Samuel 8:1-5). We will be praying for our children that God’s plan and purposes for their lives will be fulfilled in Jesus’ name.
Proverbs 22:6; Genesis 18:19; Isaiah 54:13; Leviticus 10:1-2; 1 Samuel 2:12-17; 1 Samuel 8:1-5; Proverbs 1:8-9; Psalm 127:3; Matthew 19:4; Proverbs 17:6; 3 John 1:4; Deuteronomy 5:29; Ephesians 6:4; Matthew 18:1-3; Proverbs 17:6; 3 John 1:4
Prayer Points For Children
1. Father, we thank you for our children. We know that they are gifts and rewards from you Lord. Thank you for your plans and purpose for our children. We know that you have known them even before they were formed from the womb.
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
2. Lord, we pray for every parent that you will give them the ability and the grace to train up their children in the way of the Lord. As we train our children, we pray that when they grow up, they will not depart from God’s way in Jesus’ name
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
3. God, we pray that all our children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of our children in Jesus’ name
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”
4. Lord, we pray that our children will not derail from God’s way like Nadab and Abihu. They will not do anything contrary to God’s command in Jesus’ name. We will not lose our children at their prime age in Jesus’ name
“Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.”
5. Father, I pray that my children will not be scoundrels in Jesus’ name. I pray that my children will have regards for the Lord and they will not miss God’s plan and purpose for their lives in Jesus’ name
1 Samuel 2:12-17
Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord. Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiled and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh. But even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.”
If the person said to him, “Let the fat be burned first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.” This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord’s sight, for they were treating the Lord’s offering with contempt.
6. Father, I pray that my children will not depart from the ways of the Lord in Jesus’ name. They will not be bad examples of the believers in Jesus’ name
1 Samuel 8:1-5
When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders. The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
7. Lord, I pray and I decree that my children will listen to God’s instructions and teachings in Jesus name.
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”
8. Father, I pray that all my children will make heaven in Jesus’ name. I know that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them, so I pray that they will not miss heaven in Jesus’ name.
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
9. Lord, I pray that I will see my children’s children and they will live to declare your glory in Jesus’ name.
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”
10. Father, I pray that all my children will walk in the truth in Jesus’ name
3 John 1:4
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
11. God, I pray that my children’s hearts will be inclined to fear you and keep your commands always. As they do this, I pray that it shall be well with them in Jesus’ name
“Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!”
12. Lord, I pray that I will not provoke my children to anger by the way I treat them. Rather, I pray for the grace to bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord in Jesus’ name.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”