Children, Prayer

Take Time for Them

“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

Dear Daddy,

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.

I only listed 7 prayers. Post on our Facebook page or Tweet us more ways that we can pray for our children.

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

Children, Gifts/Talents, Mentoring, Mother/Daughter, Motivation, Teacher/Student

A King Josiah Anointing for Our Kids

“…But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.” 1 Corinthians 7:7b ESV

My 6-year old daughter is the epitome of over exaggeration and dramatized behavior. She can produce a tear at the drop of a dime, she has a facial expression and body gesture to appeal to any situation and she has the power to convince you that something is much more serious than it really is entirely through actions. It is so evident that our family has coined her ‘Drama Mama’. I must admit her behavior is sometimes extremely annoying because I don’t know what to take seriously and what to just brush off. I often remind her of the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” But recently I have come to the realization that God has given her the gift of drama for a purpose and it is up to her father and me to channel that energy into positive experiences. Only God knows how this gift applies to her purpose and destiny in Him but the last thing that we as her parents should do is extinguish the fire. Yes, she is only six years old but God is already starting to reveal who she will be in the Kingdom. He has a mission for even the youngest of them…

In the first book of Kings we are introduced to a baby named Josiah, “…This is what the LORD says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David.” (1 Kings 13:2 NIV) Just a few short years later in the second book of Kings, Josiah’s father, King Amon, was murdered and Josiah became king in his place. Guess how old Josiah was when he began his reign? “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.” (2 Kings 22:1 NIV) Imagine that! At only the tender age of eight, Josiah was already ruling a nation. What great things God must’ve placed in that young lad to equip him for such a position! I imagine that as a young boy he possessed superior leadership skills (that some mistook for bossiness). He was probably an excellent decision maker (which was probably confused with being opinionated). I am sure he had the ability to persuade the people (and most may have viewed that as manipulative.) You get the point? God has given our children what they need for where He is taking them. It is our responsibility to ensure that we are encouraging and cultivating those gifts.

Outlined below is a simple three-step plan to help us help our children become everything God intended for them to be:

(1)    Ask God to reveal your children’s gifts and talents to you. Before my daughters were even born, I would pray for their futures and ask the Lord to show me a glimpse of what He had planned for them. Part of that was to know what special things they would possess so that I could help to protect and nurture their gifts. It is not too late for you to seek God about your children’s hidden treasures.

(2)    Once you know what is on the inside of your children, you MUST assist in the cultivation of those gifts. After I realized that all of my daughter’s drama was not just to get under my skin, I made a choice to help her develop her craft. I have been searching for the perfect drama and acting school to enroll her in. It is imperative that we encourage our children to be who God has created them to be!

(3)    Speak into your child’s future. “You are going to be an awesome actress one day!” That is an affirmation that I speak over my daughter because I understand that it somehow aligns with her destiny. I don’t have to know when, where or how that statement will affirm itself, I just have to believe. So it is with your children. Speak over them daily. If your daughter loves to talk (aka talks too much), tell her what a great news reporter she would make. If your son insists on bringing every stray animal in the neighborhood home, affirm his future as a veterinarian.

It is never too early to begin helping your children reach their God-given destinies. Remember Josiah was only eight years old! Your children’s hidden gifts and talents may not look like everyone else’s. They may not be straight ‘A’ students or musically talented, but God has given them SOMETHING to work with. It is your responsibility to identify it and help them utilize it!

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for blessing me with my wonderful child(ren). I ask that You would begin to reveal to me the special gifts that You have placed inside of them. Please give me the wisdom to recognize who You created them to be, the ability to affirm what You said and the resources to aid in their development. I ask that You give my child a King Josiah anointing that they may make huge impacts, even in their younger years. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to EMPOWER your children! Find their gifts and maximize their potential for the kingdom by helping them grow those gifts in the Spirit. I EMPOWER your children to walk in a King Josiah anointing!

Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments.  As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.