Prayer has always been important in my life. One of my best friends showed me what true prayer looks like- the on your knees, journaling, daily kind of praying lifestyle. Her prayers were more than asking for her own needs. Her prayers were pleas to God for the students who didn’t know him. For campers and camp counselors who were struggling and hurting. Her prayers were praises to the God who met her in her own loneliness and hurt. They were confessions of her unworthiness but praise for His acceptance. Her prayers were an act of surrender.
Prayer as an act of surrender
Prayer is not a magic formula. Instead, prayer is surrender. It is an act of trusting the creator of the universe. Trusting that he will hear us and make himself known. Prayer is an invitation from God to enter into relationship with him. This does not mean God owes us an answer but it does mean God will be present with us in our prayers.
If there has ever been a season where we (meaning the entire world) have had to admit we are not in control, it has been the past two years. Covid-19 has changed the entire world. Though we have been socially distanced and isolated from others, we have been virtually connected with the entire world to watch it unfold.
During this season I have had two babies and the intensity of my prayer life has increased. The world that seemed so tame and predictable suddenly seemed frightening and chaotic. This is the world into which my kids are entering. And yet, I serve the King of the universe who created this world. In fact, he chose for my children to be born in this exact time of history…and he has chosen for me to be their mother at this exact time, too!
The reality is, I do not have enough of my own strength to muster up perfect, love, service, guidance, and wisdom for my children. Yet in Christ I can confidently walk day by day with my children into the unknown world, surrendering to the God of the universe in prayer. And as I surrender to him I trust He will give me the love, service, guidance and wisdom I need for that day.
How do we pray for our children?
One way Joshua and I have begun to practice this act of surrendering is by praying each night for our children. I came across a book entitled The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. So, on a whim, I purchased it, and I am so glad I did.
Each night Joshua and I pray aloud a prayer over our children. The prayers include but are not limited to the following topics:
- Securing Protection from Harm
- Being Loved and Accepted
- Having the MOtivation for Proper Body Care
- Instilling the Desire to Learn
- Staying Attracted to Holiness and Purity
- Enjoying Freedom from Fear
- Walking in Repentance
- Growing in Faith
There are 32 different prayer topics with scripture verses and a few “intro” pages from Stormie (the author). These intro pages giver her reason for including that particular prayer.
Our goal is to go through all 32 prayers (one a night). After we do this, we will start over, focusing on one prayer for an entire week at a time.
A regular act of surrendering
This book has helped me think more holistically about praying for my children. beautifully, it has encouraged me to surrender any notion of control to the God who is truly in control and trust him with my fears and anxieties. I must be honest: my anxiety, fears, and desire for control continue to raise their ugly heads at times. But this regular act of surrendering to the one who created my children in my womb is a constant reminder helping me loosen my grip on the facade of control in order to trust the one who truly has control.
Will you join me in this act of surrender? Will you hand our Savior your burdens and pray for your children? Share in the comments what this has looked like or could look like for your family.