We all want the best for our kiddos. While we have little ones at home, it can feel like we will be with them forever but as moms a few steps ahead of me tell me, “The days are long and the years are short.” Truth is, we really do only have a short time that our children are home with us and then we hope to work ourselves out of a job.
Don’t get me wrong, we always want to be connected to our children and have a strong, loving relationship with them but we also want them to grow up and be responsible adults. With that in mind, here are some things I’ve been talking to God about for our three girls. Parenting is one of the most amazing and challenging things I’ve ever experienced and it has matured my prayer life considerably as I realize how much I am completely dependent on God to not make a complete mess of it. I want to share powerful words to say & pray over your kids with you and I hope that it will be a blessing to you and your family.
1. What to pray: That my child will know, love, and serve God with her life.
What to say: Tell her that as much as I love her with my whole heart, God loves her even more than I do. Study scripture together, talk about what God wants for us, who He is. Discuss how God shows His great love for us, talk about ways to serve each other in our family, our neighborhood, our school, and ultimately our world.
2. What to pray: That she will be a blessing to others.
What to say: Tell her that being a blessing can be many things: listening to a friend, giving of yourself when someone needs you, celebrating with others, helping someone who is new to school, etc. Tell her practical ways she can be a blessing and encourage her to tell you when she has had the opportunity to “be a blessing” each day.
3. What to pray: That she will recognize the path God has for her and go after it with all she’s got.
What to say: Have her be on the lookout for what she enjoys and what comes naturally to her compared to other things that are more of a struggle. Explain that God has given each and every person gifts to share with the world and He will give us everything we need to carry out our unique purpose in life. Encourage her to share what she thinks her talents are and to try new things as she explores this area.
4. What to pray: That she will have no doubt that who she is is so much more than what she looks like or how others treat her. She will truly know who she is in Christ.
What to say: Study scripture together that shows her identity in Christ. Spend less time on outer appearance and more time on building character and learning who God created her to be. Teach her that her body is a temple with focus being more on health and less on appearance.
5. What to pray: That she will find an amazing husband who will love, honor, and cherish her.
What to say: Instead of worrying or constantly looking for the right person, focus on BEING the right person. In other words, focus on being the person God created you to be and trust Him that in His perfect timing, you will meet your match.
6. What to pray: That she will have friends who bring out the best in her and she will be the kind of friend she hopes to have.
What to say: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Forgive as we have been forgiven. Have healthy boundaries with others. Look for people who share your values, interests, and that make you laugh! You will get hurt, you will be disappointed at times but it is still worth living in community with others. Don’t shut people out for not being perfect because other than Jesus, no one is.
7. What to pray: That she will ENJOY life and have a thankful heart.
What to say: Share your life with people you love, the good and the bad. Community is so important. Be thankful for each day and say so.
This certainly isn’t the full list but it covers the top ones on my heart. Would love to hear what you say and pray over your kids! Leave a comment letting me know which one resonated with you the most or share a new one with us.