Prayers for Our Children

Sometimes it is difficult to adequately express our hearts in prayer when it comes to our children. Today’s world holds many temptations and pressures to conform to ungodly standards and the worldly schemes of Satan are constantly before the eyes and ears of our loved ones. Yet, the Lord hears and responds to our faithful prayers, no matter how inadequate our words seem to be– Luke 17:6 & James 1:6 assure us that even tiny faith that is not tainted with unbelief is extremely powerful and effective. For those times when we are driven to seek the Lord on behalf of our loved ones, but words seem to fail us, the following anagram, H-E-A-R-T-S, may prove useful:

Hearts: Pray for a God’s Spirit to soften hardened hearts (Eph. 11:19), and for His word to fall on good soil so that they may cling to His word and patiently obey it (Mt. 13:3-9 & Luke 8:15).

E-ars: Ask for God’s workers to come into their lives and then cause our children to have ears that truly hear (understand, receive, and accept) biblical truth (Mt. 9:38 & Mt 4:23-24).

A-ttitude: Ask that they not act out of pride but rather with humility, so that they can serve others with a pleasing attitude and bear much good fruit (Philippians 2:3 & Gal. 5:22-23).

R-epentance: Pray that they come to true repentance; that is, our loved ones confess and turn away from their sin and turn toward Jesus as their Lord and Savior(2 Peter 3:9).

T-ransformation: For transformation to begin and persist throughout their lives: 2 Corinthians 5:17- “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

S-ervants: To become willing, joyful, and obedient servants of Jesus Christ (John 12:26; Galatians 5:13).