Tools to help you pray - for children, teens and young adults
Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the Lord – the Lord who made heaven and earth.
Several weeks ago, a dear friend of mine blogged about praying a blessing over your children, and it just struck a chord with me. I pray for my step-daughters and grandchildren, but I’ve never thought about praying a specific blessing over them. Her wisdom just spoke to my heart in the sweetest way and opened up new avenues of thought about praying for, and praying a blessing over, my children and grandchildren. I’m sharing the link to her blog post here and strongly encourage you to go read it when you finish this post.
With school starting all over the country, I know parents everywhere are even more concerned than usual about sending their children into situations that could potentially be dangerous for them or for vulnerable others. As I think about my daughters and their children, I’m certainly apprehensive, but I remind myself that while I am helpless to protect them, the One who loves them even more than I do is able. Parents (and steps), grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone who knows children, teens and young adults, I encourage you to pray for them daily and for the people in their lives who are teaching, leading and influencing them.
And because I know prayers (especially those done daily) can get repetitive, I’m sharing two wonderful resources I’ve found online to help you pray anew each day for the children and young people in your life. The first is from the website iBelieve.com. This 30 day prayer challenge offers a beautiful booklet (in pdf form) for you to download, or you can return to the website each day for guidance. The other thing I really like about this post is that interspersed among the daily prayers are links to additional resources covering topics such as responding when your child expresses doubt and how to equip your child to fight spiritual battles.
The second resource I want to point you to is a very helpful website called InspiredToAction.com. Although it is on hiatus for new materials right now, a wealth of resources is still available, including a daily prayer calendar that you can print and tuck into your Bible for when you’re doing your daily quiet time. You'll find it under downloads. This resource is one page, rather than a multiple page booklet. Whichever resource appeals to you, I hope you are encouraged to broaden and deepen your prayers (and blessings) for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other young people in your life. They need your prayers, perhaps now more than ever.
Grace and peace,