Whether a parent yourself, or a grandparent, an
aunt, an uncle, a neighbor, a teacher, a scout leader, or whatever your role
in the lives of the children around you, this important series will give you
valuable tips on how to influence those kids for the Lord! For former
lessons from Bringing up Kids God's Way, go to
Bringing up Kids God's Way, Part 3
Praying for Your Child
In last week's lesson on parenting, we learned that the first, most-vital
step you must take in order to influence the children in your life for the
Lord is for you, yourself, to have a personal relationship with Jesus
Christ. But once that is taken care of, then what do you do?
I would like to propose that the next most important thing is to commit
yourself to praying for them!
The Bible repeatedly teaches that prayer is our avenue to receiving what we
need from God. We are told over and over again to ASK for what we need: "ASK
and it will be given to you" (Matt 7:7 NIV). More specifically, we are also
told to pray CONSTANTLY for one another: "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thes.
5:19); and: "With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit,
and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the
saints." (Eph. 6:18).
The point is, God is the only one who can change things in the lives of our
kids, and the way to tap into His power is by asking Him in prayer!
I was just coming to know the Lord when my youngest son turned 3, and he was
what might be best described in polite terms as a "problem" child. There had
been lots of changes in our lives that year and we were all feeling the
stress of it. When it came time for his birthday however, I worked hard to
plan a special day. My husband and I had spent a lot of thought and money on
gifts; I had made a beautiful cake; my niece had decorated the house; and we
had invited all of the "special" people. Imagine my horror when the birthday
party began with a temper tantrum, and things only went downhill from there!
I shouldn't have been surprised, as this was very typical behavior for my 3
year-old. But I just couldn't take it. To this day I swear that if God
hadn't intervened, my son might have never made it to the age of 4!
But God did intervene, and He didn't wait. He told me that very night
exactly what I needed to do for my willful child. He said I needed to pray.
Fervently! And not to just to pray for him, but to pray OVER him. And so I
began doing just that. I put my hands on his head and I prayed for God's
Spirit to flow through him. And I didn't stop with once. In fact, 10 years
later, this is still a vital part of our morning routine.
Did it make a difference?
Friends, there was a noticeable "one day to the next" change in my son, and
his behavior has continued to improve throughout the years. This same child
will soon be 13 years old, and you will never meet a sweeter young man.
Of course, those were "little kid" problems. Now I have "teenage" problems
on my hands. But the solution doesn't change. I continue to pray! Fervently!
Over the years I have seen faith develop, I have seen good friends appear
and bad ones disappear. I have seen difficulties with ADD dealt with. I have
seen handwriting and study skills improve. I have seen attitude and
responsibility improve. I have seen lying and laziness disappear. I have
seen a desire to be physically active appear. I have seen intemperate
behavior go away. I've seen respect develop. And the list could go on, but
what I'm trying to say here is that in each of these situations, my miracles
began to happen when I turned the problems over to God in prayer!
And how has God responded to my prayers?
Sometimes He works little miracles and the problems have just "disappeared".
Sometimes He sends my boys messages through friends, sermons, devotionals,
or His Word, and this makes them want to change their behavior. And
sometimes He literally tells me what I need to (or not to!) do to help
remedy the situation. The point is that prayer has always been the pivoting
point! When I begin to pray for my boys, good things happen!
Friends, remember that you may be the only one praying over that child, and
the miracle that he or she needs may depend totally upon your prayers! So
whatever you do, pray for those kids! Pray for their current problems. Pray
for their weaknesses. Pray for their friends. Pray for their futures. Pray
for their safety. Pray for their dreams, and that they will be able to sleep
at night. Pray for their spiritual growth and well-being. Whatever the
problem, just pray!
Please join with us next Saturday for Bringing up Kids God's Way, Part 4:
Asking for Wisdom.
God bless each of you abundantly as you seek to guide the kids in your life
in the ways of the Lord!
(What? You've missed some of the former lessons from Bringing
up Kids God's Way? Go to
www.scripturalnuggets.org/Folder5/parenting_gods_way.htm for previously
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Author and moderator for the tri-weekly
newsletter, The Nugget, and the Scriptural Nuggets website (