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    Seeing the evil in the world can be frightening – especially for our youth. We must invest in raising and protecting them to the best of our availability. However, in our finite knowledge and limited resources, we must entrust them to the One who has all power and providence over our kids.

    After all, God created them before we did (Jeremiah 1:5) —  and He knows them better than we do.

    Make no question about it: we need to pray for our children. Albeit their own free will may deter them from a desirable path, we still must trust God to work in their lives.

    We may find ourselves in places with our sons or daughters we never imagined.

    We could face heartbreak over instances in their lives over which we have no control.

    And yes — we take risks when we bring a child into this fallen world.

    Nevertheless, our faith, obedience and prayers can make a difference. The manifestation of our prayers may not look like we anticipated;  God is not like Burger King.

    We can’t always get it our way.

    Still, I’d rather take the chance to trust God than to parent in my own human power.

    As we face a new year, let’s make prayer for our children a priority. Here is a prayer that I have prayed for my son. Where there are blanks, put in the name of your kids –even the grown ones. This prayer is lengthy; it covers many areas with scriptures included. But if we are going to war with the enemy for our kids, we must use weapons that are tried and true.

    Specific prayer is one.

    Father God in the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior,

    I thank you for the gift of our son/daughter__________ who is the fruit of my womb and Your reward (Psalm 127:3). As Hannah surrendered Samuel to you, I do the same.  As long as __________ lives, they shall be lent to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:27). Let Your Word be performed over their life, not returning to You void but fulfilling the purpose for which You sent it (Isaiah 55:11). I plead that  You would bless and keep _______, making Your face shine upon them and be gracious– giving _______ peace (Numbers 6:24-26). I ask that You would help ________be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding that _______ may walk worthy of You; fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to Your glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy (Colossians 1:9-11). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, help _______ to flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:21-22) . Let _________ grow in wisdom and stature as well as favor with You and with men (1 Samuel 2:26 and Luke 1:80). Yet, let them not fear man; for if you are with _______, who can be against him/her (Romans 8:31)? Let them believe they are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), not getting their worth from social media or the opinions of others. As a parent, help me to train ___________ in the way he/she should go so when they are older, they won’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).  Lead _________ to like-minded friends who mean them  good not harm and who are wise (Proverbs 13:20). Prepare ________’s future mate, letting them be yoked with a fellow believer (2 Cor. 6:14) . Give _______wisdom in their school work, allowing him/her  favor to achieve academic excellence, working as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). May_______ be disciplined in their mind and emotions for you have not given _______ a spirit of hysteria or fear but a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:6).  By the power of the Holy Spirit, give _______ help in making proper use of time, talent and opportunities – not wasting them away but making the most of every one and sowing seed, for something will succeed (Eph. 5:16; Ecc. 11:6 ). Open doors that only You can open and close those that need to be closed (Rev. 3:8). Hedge him/her in behind and before You (Psalm 139:5), protecting them from violence, terminal illness, injuries from sports, physical fights, bullying, police brutality, early death and anything that would let his life be less than the abundant life that comes from Jesus Christ alone (John 10:10) As ________parent, bless me with wisdom, courage and knowledge to parent in a way that pleases you; trusting that you will perfect that which concerns us (Psalm 138:8). May no weapon formed against _______ prosper and any tongue that speaks against him/her in judgement be refuted, for that is Your heritage of the saints (Isa. 54:17).

    Now to Him who is able to keep us from stumbling, presenting us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power– both now and forever (Jude 24-25).  In Jesus name. Amen.

    No, everything may not happen as we desire. We could even find ourselves facing some of the very trials we pray against. Then why pray? Because prayer can change anything—including our perspective no matter what we face. After all, God is already where our kids are headed. It is better to trust the One who knows what’s ahead and believe in His power and purpose to prevail. We must do our part, taking the time to raise them. But prayer must be a part of our parenting arsenal.