Praying For Our Children Part 2
Day 29:40 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
We need to pray that our children will totally surrender to God’s will. Isaac surrendered totally to God’s will when God told Abraham to go and sacrifice him at the mount of Moriah (Genesis 22:1-14). How many children will surrender to the instruction of their father in this manner without struggling with the father. We need to pray for children like Isaac. Also, as parents, we need to value the instruction of God and be willing to take any step that God wants us to take concerning our children. We should not idolize our children. Rather, we should yield totally to God’s plan for them. Jesus said, “Anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37)
We also need to pray that God will reveal His plans and purpose for our children to us. When we know God’s plans for them we will not misdirect them. It is possible for parents to know the plans of God for their children even before their conception. Manoah and his wife knew the plans of God for Samson even before he was born (Judges 13:2-5). God told Rebecah about His plans for Esau and Jacob while they were still in the womb (Genesis 25:1-3). Mary knew the plans of God for Jesus even before His conception (Luke 1:30-33). Jacob blessed his children and foretold what will happen to some of them in the future. He mentioned the fact that the scepter shall not depart from Judah (Genesis 49:1-28). He also blessed the two sons of Joseph and mentioned that the younger shall be greater than the older (Genesis 48:18-20). .
We need to pray that our children will make us proud and not make us grief. Esau was a source of sorrow to his parents because he married wrongly. Joseph is a son who made his father proud. He had integrity and he eventually became the second in command in Egypt. We need to pray that God will give us obedient children who will fear God and be great in life.
Matthew 18:1-3; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalm 139:15-16; Isaiah 54:13; Psalm 139:13-14; Ephesians 6:1-3; Proverbs 29:17; Mark 10:15-16; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 3:21
1. Lord, we thank you for blessing us with our children. We know that their frame was not hidden from you when you made them in your secret place. We thank you because you know them even before their bodies are yet to be formed and you have ordained and written the number of days they will live on earth in your book. We thank you Lord because you will help them to fulfil their purpose. In Jesus’ name we pray.
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
2. Father, we pray that you will bless us with children who will totally surrender to God’s will. God, we pray that you will give us the grace to totally obey your commands concerning our children when it is convenient and when it is not convenient. In Jesus’ name.
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”;[b] as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
3. Lord, we pray that you will bless us with children who will cover our nakedness and not those who will expose our nakedness in Jesus’ name. Bless homes with children who will honour their parents in Jesus’ name
“ Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.”
The angel told her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God. You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus. He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. Your son will be king of Jacob’s people forever, and his kingdom will never end.”
4. God, we pray that you will reveal your plans and purposes of our children to us even at their tender age. Give us the grace to guide them aright in Jesus’ name. Lord, you revealed your plans for Jacob and Esau to Rebecah even when they were still in the womb, so reveal your plans for my children to me Lord in Jesus name.
“Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If it is to be this way, why do I live?’* So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.”
5. Father, you revealed the purpose of Samson to his parents even before his conception, I pray that you will reveal your plans and purposes for my children to me in Jesus’ name
“A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. 3 The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. 5 You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines”
6. God, deliver my children from every evil scheme and imagination in Jesus’ name. My children will not misbehave like Lot’s daughters who did the abominable thing in Jesus’ name
“Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”
That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.”
7. Lord, I pray that I will be sensitive to your plans and purpose for my children in Jesus’ name. Father, open my eyes to see what you have in store for the future of my children so that I can guide them rightly in Jesus’ name
“When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”
But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” He blessed them that day and said, “In your[c] name will Israel pronounce this blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.“ So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.”
8. God, we pray that you will give all parents the grace to teach their children the commandments of God and impress them on their hearts. We pray that our children will love to study the word of God and as they do that, they will apply the Word of God in their daily living. They will also grow spiritually and speedily in Jesus’ name.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
9. Father, we pray that these children we make you a priority in their lives in Jesus’ name. We also pray for parents, that they will put God first in the way they raise their children in Jesus’ name
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
10. Lord, we pray that you will bless us with obedient children in Jesus’ name. We pray that our children will not dishonour us in Jesus’ name. As these children honour their parents, it shall be well with them and the will live long on earth according to your Word in Jesus’ name
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. ‘Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, ‘Things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
11. Father, we pray for the grace to constantly discipline our children so that they will give us peace of mind and make our hearts glad in Jesus’ name
“Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.”
12. Lord, we pray that you will bless our children in Jesus’ name. We pray that we’ll make heaven and our children will also make heaven in Jesus’ name
“I tell you the truth, ‘Anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’ Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.”
13. Father, we pray for the grace not to embitter our children so that they will not be discouraged in Jesus’ name.
“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”
14. God, we pray that you will complete that good work that you have started in the lives of our children in Jesus’ name
“And so I am sure confident that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.”