Intentional Prayer: Part 1 {Praying For Your Children}

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As I have reflected on what area of my life I desire to grow in the most this year, it’s my prayer life. I specifically want to be more intentional about praying for others this year. Since having a child 2 and 1/2 years ago, I have found it more difficult to be balanced in certain areas of my life—one area being my prayer life. So, I am seeking to get back on track this year with spending quality “quiet times” with God and growing deeper in my prayer walk.

 I have put in place a couple of tools to help me be more focused in my prayer life, and I’ll be sharing them with you in this 4-part series over the next 2 weeks. They are just my ideas, but hopefully they might help you too. Each plan provides simple, yet rich ways to guide you through a year of praying.

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Today’s Focus : Praying For Your Children

Our children need us, and they need us to pray for them. We should be covering them in prayer and it’s never too late to start! I have created a simple plan to help guide you {and me} through a year of praying for our children. I have chosen a “theme” for each month and I have taken 12 verses from the Bible as my inspiration. I have paired a one sentence prayer that ties along with each theme/verse. The “blanks” are to be filled in with your child’s name.

This prayer plan is designed to be used in such a way that you pray for your child/children by focusing on a different theme throughout each month. You can pray the verse, the prayer sentences I have included, do both or extend it in a way that works for you {e.g. also pray for God to help you as a parent to instill these virtues in your children}.

There is a printable version of this plan at the bottom of this page so that you can print it off, cut it out and post each months theme in a place where you will see it everyday—you could even use them as bookmarks in your Bible. Hopefully this helps you get started in a prayerful direction for you children!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series coming up later this week!

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A YEAR LONG GUIDE TO PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

January [Joy]

Verse: You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” ~Psalm 16:11

Prayer: Dear Lord, Lead ____________ to a place of experiencing the joy that comes from following the path you have laid out for his/her life.

February [Love]

Verse: “…and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” ~Ephesians 5:2

Prayer: Dear Lord, May your great love fill ____________’s life and overflow for others to see. 

March [Obedience]

Verse: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” ~Colossians 3:20 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________to develop on obedient heart. 

April [Passion]

Verse: As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?” ~Psalm 42:1-2 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Stir a deep passion within _____________ to know You and make You known. 

May [Self-Image]

Verse: 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.” ~Psalm 139:13-14 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________ to see himself/herself through your eyes and be firmly rooted in who you have made him/her to be.

June [Protection]

Verse: “God is our refuge and strength,

   an ever-present help in trouble.” ~Psalm 46:1 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Protect ____________ from the evil of this world and be the shield that defends him/her wherever he/she goes.

July [Servant Heart]

Verse: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” ~Ephesians 6:7 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Give ____________ a servant’s heart and a desire to live for You.

August [Purity]

Verse: “Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________ to develop a passion for making pure choices, and strengthen him/her to stand up against the temptations of this world.

September [Respect]

Verse: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” ~Romans 12:10 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Teach ____________ to respect others and to respect himself/herself.

October [Trust]

Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5 

Prayer: Dear Lord, May ____________ learn to place his/her full trust in you and experience the peace that comes from following your lead.

November [Integrity]

Verse: “May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord, is in you.” ~Psalm 25:21 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________ to develop a character of integrity and honesty.

December [Witnessing]

Verse: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” ~Mark 16:15 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Equip ____________ with the courage to share your love and good news with this world.

PRINTABLE VERSION: A YEAR LONG GUIDE TO PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

hannah

*All verses are from the NIV*

*top photo edited from here*

(C) 2014 Pocketful of Motherhood

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16 thoughts on “Intentional Prayer: Part 1 {Praying For Your Children}

  1. Hannah, what a beautiful way to pray for our children. I LOVE it. I printed out the guide and made some copies our our ladies at Bible study tomorrow (if that’s ok with you).
    I break down my prayers by days of the week. It happens to be that Monday is the day I pray for my … What a wonderfully timely post! I will stick this guide in my prayer journal! Thanks, Hannah!

  2. Praise God for your encouragement, direction and reminder of the importance of praying for our children.
    May 2014 see our children benefit from our intentional prayer for them AMEN!!

  3. Hannah, I love this idea! What a great way to pray specifically for godly character traits for our children. I’m definitely going to print out the monthly verses and prayers. I might even prepare a couple of devotions each month to share with my son highlighting the theme and verse.

  4. Thank you. This is amazing. I’m actually at a loss for words. Hannah, I am so glad you are in my life! One off goals this year is to strengthen my faith and I think the series you are doing is beautiful and perfect. 🙂 xo

    • Goosebumps and tears running down my face. If I could give you a big hug right now I would. It is so touching for me to hear this sort of feedback…thank you so much Georgia for sharing this with me! I do hope this series helps you a little and I’ll be praying for you. xo

  5. Hannah, This is truly beautiful and even though I am still very much in the midst of my blogging hiatus, I had to come over to read your series when I saw it on Pinterest this morning.
    I am going to pray about this and see if it’s what the Lord would have me do also, because it is simply inspired!! Thank you so much for sharing. XO

    • Hi Valerie! Thanks so much for coming by and reading even though you are still taking a break from blogging. That means a lot to me that you stopped by. Your words are such a blessing to me. It’s wonderful to hear that you might implement this in your life too. Thanks for the encouragement today! xo

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    • Amy, It’s always so wonderful to hear from you! God put this whole series on my heart and to know that it can be of use to others too, really just blesses me back! There’s something so special about spending some quiet moments with The Lord through prayer and beyond. 🙂

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