I remember when we were on the mission field and we were struggling with some issues in our family. I looked at my husband and said, “I will not win a nation and lose my own son!”
No matter how successful I am in life, if my children do not walk with God, I will feel as though I failed in the most important role I’ve ever been given…the role of a mother.
I realize that our job is to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; that we are to live out loud for Jesus in front of them and that we are to equip them in the Word. I also realize they are responsible to God for the choices they make once they become adults.
But just because the clock of life ticks past the magic age of 18, it doesn’t mean we stop praying for our children. We never stop being a mother, so we can never stop praying for our children.
Whether your little bundle of joy still resides in your womb or lives in his or her own home, you are a mom… and we all know – there ain’t no love like a momma’s love!
That means, no one will pray for your kids like you will! No one will love your kids like you will! No one will bombard heaven for your kids like you will!
This week, I’m going to write about praying for our children.
There is nothing greater you can do; there is no greater work; there is no greater way to spend your time as a mother than on your knees in intercession for your kids.
As Oswald Chambers once said, “Prayer is the work!”
But as you pray, be specific. Cover them well in prayer. Seek God’s face for their future. Pray protection over them. Ask God to guard their hearts. Ask God to rebuke the enemy and to shield your children from every fiery dart he tries to send their way.
Today, let’s focus on praying for our children’s salvation. It’s the most important thing you can pray for in their lives.
So, here are a few verses we can cling to in prayer…claim by faith…and trust to come to pass. Here are some verses that we can pray knowing we are praying according to God’s will:
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
“Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Mattew 18:14
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” Acts 16:31
“And He said to them, ‘Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? ‘I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:5-10
There are a host of other verses you can pray for your children…but hopefully, these will get you started.
Go back over those precious verses, sweet friend. Look at how many times it talks about the will of God. When we pray God’s Word back to Him in accordance to His will, we know He hears us – we know He is working behind the scenes of our children’s lives to bring about their salvation.
Hold on to heaven with all you’ve got and bombard the throne of God for the salvation of your children. Whether they’re a newborn babe or an adult, you’re still their mom and no one is going to pray for them like you are! Absolutely no one!
If your child is saved, you are surely blessed! You have the joy of watching your children walk in the truth. Pray for those who don’t have that same joy. Pray for their children. Join them in prayer as one mother praying on behalf of another!
Join hands and hearts for the salvation of the next generation and let’s see what God will do when we do our greatest work…on our knees!
Are you praying for your child? Are you praying for someone else’s child? Would you like to add some verses for mothers to cling to and claim as they pray for their children’s salvation?
If you’d like to list your child’s name in the comment section, I’d be honored to pray for them. No one will ever pray for your children like you. But no one will ever understand the prayer of a mother’s heart like another mother! Let’s pray for our children – let’s keep knocking until the door opens – let’s keep trusting God to save our children and then stand back and see the salvation of God!