Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Training up Tuesday: Praying for your Child(ren)

I am a new mommy of a 4 month old baby boy. I still can't believe the overwhelming feeling of love I have for that little boy. I'll admit that when we first had him, many feelings and emotions overcame me. I wanted to do everything JUST RIGHT ...just how all the books say.

As moms, I'm sure we all want the best for our children. We'll do whatever it takes to give them what they need but how many times do we truly pray for them?

Right before we had our son, I received a list of ways to pray for your children. Knowing God blessed us with the huge responsibility of raising up a godly son, I immediately started praying these requests...a few at a time while he was in my womb. Now, I have the list taped to the side of my baby's changing table so I can see it while feeding him. I've tried to get through the whole list during many middle of the night feedings without falling asleep . :) Whether I am feeding him or just rocking him to sleep, I can glance over and pray for him.

This list helps me remember what to pray for him and the true importance of who we are called to raise him to be. I love what Proverbs 22:6 says: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is older, he will not depart from it."

Here is the list so you can join me in praying for your own children. Click here to print the list. You can frame it or post it somewhere prominent as a constant reminder.

1. Salvation - that they would obtain salvation in Christ.
2. God's Grace - that they will grow in grace and knowledge.
3. Love - that they will learn to live a life of love through the Spirit.
4. Integrity - that they may have integrity and uprightness to protect them.
5. Self Control - that they will be alert and controlled in all they do.
6. Love for God's Word - that they will regard the word as precious.
7. Justice - that they will love justice as He does.
8. Mercy - that they will be full of mercy and compassion.
9. Respect - that they will show proper respect to everyone as the Bible commands.
10. Self-Esteem - that they will develop strong self esteem rooted in who they are in Christ.
11. Faithfulness - that they will cling to this virtue.
12. Courage - that they will be courageous in their character and actions.
13. Purity - that they will have purity in their hearts that shows in their lives.
14. Kindness - that they will be kind to each other and everyone else.
15. Generosity - that they will be rich in good deeds, generous and always willing to help.
16. Peace Loving - that they will make every effort to do what leads to peace.
17. Joy - that they will be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
18. Perseverance - that they will persevere in all they do.
19. Humility - that they will show true humility towards all.
20. Compassion - that they will be clothed with this virtue.
21. Responsibility - that they would learn to be responsible and carry their own load.
22. Contentment - that they will be content in every situation.
23. Faith - that they will fight the good fight of faith.
24. A Servant's Heart - that they will develop servants' hearts and serve wholeheartedly.
25. Hope - that they will overflow with hope and hopefulness.
26. Patience - that they may have great endurance and patience.
27. Passion for the Lord - that their souls would pant for God.
28. Wisdom - that they would ask and God will generously give wisdom to them.
29. Prayerfulness - that they would be committed to prayer and not give up.
30. Gratitude - that they will live their lives with thankfulness and always give thanks to God.
31. Boldness - that they would fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel of Christ Jesus.

We're already working on #27! :)


Glenda said...

That is so precious! I know the Lord hears all the prayers we pray for our children. I know the biggest step we can take for a child is to pray for him or her to know Jesus. Thank you for the concrete list of things to pray for. Good job.

HPS said...

That picture is PRECIOUS and priceless. I want one of those shirts for my lil' bit and myself!

This is great, Dolly. Thank you for the list. Very helpful. Love you!

Aundrea-aka Zerbert Baby said...

Thanks Dolly! I have been using this list for over 5 years now and I love how it reminds me to pray for things that wouldn't always come to mind. I keep mine in my bible.

Melanie Dorsey said...

A powerful list and a precious little cutie!

Donna said...

That is a great list. I need to re-print it because I've lost mine somewhere over the last year:(

Thanks for this reminder. Great post and great picture of your sweet boy!!

Nancy said...

Great list and awesome post. Your boy is PRECIOUS!

Karen said...

This is a wonderful list. At BSF years ago, I picked up something kind of similar--even though I didn't have kids (or a husband, for that matter--LOL!). Love it.

Tracy said...

Thank you for posting the list.