by Julie Mendez
There are a million things we could pray for our children, and probably should. But I just love this verse I read tonight and how it makes me think of my kids:
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
I pray that your hearts be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called – His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.
Ephesians 1: 16-19 (NLT)
I love using verses when I pray, and these particular verses encapsulate everything I wish my girls to know about my love for them and the prayers I have for them.
1. “I have not stopped thanking God for you.” – I have been thanking God for the opportunity to be their mom since the moment I knew I was pregnant. I am still thankful, every single day. Even when I want to pull out my hair, I wouldn’t want to trade this time with them for anything.
2. “I pray for you constantly.” – I want my girls to know that I pray for them. Not that it should be a burden or oppressive to them, but that I love them so much that I can’t help but pray to God about them. And I want them to learn, by example, how we can all go to God and intercede for those we love.
3. “Asking God . . . to give you spiritual wisdom and insight.” – Sometimes I’m amazed at the depth of their questions, at such a young age! Sometimes I feel inadequate in the big, humongous job of leading these little souls. Thankfully the Lord is more than enough and blesses us in all of our weaknesses. And He has also blessed us with a pastor at our church who is quite enamored with his young parishioners that keep him on his toes with their inquisitive questions!
4. “So that you grow in your knowledge of God.” – My husband and I want our children to grow in knowledge. That is an understood fact in our home. But even more than that, our desire is that they grow in knowledge of the Lord. Nothing can compare in importance to that.
5. “I pray that your hearts be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given.” – Oh, how I love that visual of my children’s hearts being flooded with light! And isn’t that how it really is, that His light shines in us and suddenly we can “see” and understand His love? Oh, that my children be filled and even be flooded with that light and live lives of His confident hope. Nothing else is important to me—that could so clearly define my purpose on this Earth.
6. “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power.” – And just as much as understanding that hope that we have in Christ, consider how important it is that we help our children understand the greatness of God and the greatness of His power—the incredible greatness of it all!
How have particular verses influenced your prayers for your children? Any favorites you’d like to share?
Julie Mendez currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is in her third year of homeschooling. Between balancing homeschool, work, kid activities, and church service, Julie writes about her faith journey, homeschool and work, and her family’s continuing adventures on her blog, Becoming a Modern Proverbs 31 Woman. You can also follow her on Facebook; Twitter; and Pinterest.