PRAYER MATTERS to me. I want to set a pattern of prayer for my family that feels natural, real, and easy. Though it may be awkward for me to pray with my kids, I have no trouble finding words to pray for them in my private prayer time. I am often on my knees for them, pleading with God to protect them, help them, shine on them, and make me a better mother for them.
We pray for our kids because the Bible tells us to, but we mostly pray for our kids because we know that out of everything we can do for them, prayer may be the single most important act. We pray for our kids to build them up, to give them strength, to seek wisdom, and to protect them. Praying for our children is just as important as praying with them. It is part of building a spiritual foundation for them to stand on when they are older.
Scrambled Starts: Family Prayers for Morning, Bedtime, and Everything in Between
From page 81 of Scrambled Starts: Family Prayers for Morning, Bedtime, and Everything in Between by Jenny Youngman. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
When have you experienced God as a mother hen spreading her wings to protect you? Share your thoughts.
[God] will cover you with pinions,
and under [God’s] wings you will find refuge;
[God’s] faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
—Psalm 91:4, NRSV
As a mother comforts her child,
so I will comfort you.
—Isaiah 66:13a, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. (Traditional Doxology)
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