“All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.” Isaiah 53:13 NIV
As parents, aunts, cousins, sisters, and friends we are charged to love our children. Not only are we charged to love our children, but we are charged to train them. “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:19 NIV
I do not believe in “bad kids”; I believe in “desperate kids”. I also don’t believe “bad parents make bad kids”; I feel that “desperate parents make desperate kids”. Sometimes parents are desperate to please, desperate for quiet, or desperate to not be interrupted, which results in children being desperate for love, attention, and affection. As an educator, I’ve seen the results of this.
My purpose for this EmpowerMoment is to EMPOWER you to start praying for your children. I don’t mean saying “grace”. You know the quick, “Lord, thank You for my kids, help them to have a good day and be safe, Amen.” I’m talking about specific prayers that speak life into your children and your home. Let them “catch” you praying for them, let them see you making a purposeful effort to pray for them, and let them join you in praying for their problems and accomplishments.
Let us pray for our children, those we’ve birthed, adopted, care for and love. Join me:
Sunday: Pray for your child’s obedience at home, at school, and towards authority. Pray for you as a parental figure in their life that you are able to show them Godly obedience and encourage them to honor God through their obedience. Teach them: “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.” Job 36:11 NIV
Monday: Pray for your child’s attention. Pray that they are able to focus at school and that they can hone in on discerning the difference between right and wrong. Pray for you as a parental figure to give them the attention that’s healthy, non-materialistic, and authentic. Teach them: “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Psalms 37:3 NIV
Tuesday: Pray for your child’s protection. Pray that your child is able to stand up for him/herself and show courage when they know the situation is not right. Pray that they are protected from injury, harm, and danger. Pray for you as their parental figure that you can provide security and safety in the home or within your relationship with them. Teach them: “The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life.” Psalms 121:7 NIV
Wednesday: Pray for your child’s Christianity. Pray for you as their parental figure that you are able to share age appropriate Christian morals and values. Teach them how to love their friends through sharing, how to respect their friends by being kind, and teach them how to pray for themselves, in their own way. Embed this in your heart: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Thursday: Pray for your child’s character. Pray that they are able to freely grow into the person God has designed them to be. Pray that they grow to love themselves and to accept what God has created. Tell them that they are beautiful or handsome. Lavish (to their face) over their hair, the color of their eyes, or the nubbiness of their fingers. Pray for you as a parental figure that you are able to support their character grounded by Christian principles and that you do not force them out of your own desires to “be”, but out of how God leads you to nurture them. Teach them: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalms 139:14 NIV
Friday: Pray for your child’s health. Pray for you as a parental figure to teach them good hygiene and healthy eating and exercise habits. Pray that you are able to be a healthy example and that God shows you how to nurture and heal your children through His power. When you pray, pray boldly: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NIV
Saturday: Pray for your parenting. Pray that God teaches and reveals to you how to parent, love, correct, and discipline your child. Pray that God shows you the time to say “No”, the time to release the rod and when to correct them through mild correction. Ask God to give you discernment that you are able to sense when something is wrong with your child and that you have the strength to intervene through Godly guidance. Remember: “Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26 NIV
Parenting is a gift You have given us as mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and friends. Lord, teach us how to parent in a Godly fashion by imitating You. Help us to be Godly parental figures to the children You have placed in our care. God give us strength to chastise when we don’t want to and give us boundaries and self-control when we feel the need to show our love through material things. Help us to give You honor through our children. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to do three things: 1) Pray over your child daily. 2) Pray with your children daily beyond the “grace” song. 3) Stop in the parking lot of a daycare or school that you are not familiar with and pray over the children and families that walk in and out of its doors.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend Vaughn Forest Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here