I can’t believe I’m halfway through praying for my kids. My favorite part of it all has been the many different ways to pray over them…holding them while praying, praying for them at night with the hubby, prayer walking their rooms. If it weren’t for the diversity, it might get a little stale for me. I have a hard time sitting down with a long list of things to pray because my mind wanders and I can’t focus well. And my prayers turn into a “Please God” trap (I got this term from the book Too Busy Not To Pray)…please God give me, please God help me, please God cover me, please God take care of me.So let’s take a step back and make sure we aren’t in the “Please God” trap in praying for our kids this month. And I think the best way to do this is by telling God how awesome He is BEFORE we even pray the virtue for that day. If you do a study on different prayers in the Bible, I promise you that so many start out with the focus on God, not on what they’re asking for. Just this morning in Nehemiah 9, I read a very long prayer (one of the longest in the old testament). This is how it starts out…
Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. (Nehemiah 9:5,6)
Don’t you think if we started out every prayer with such adoration for God, that our hearts would not fall into the “Please God” trap? It’s important that we tell God how much we are enjoying just being in His presence, not that we are enjoying bringing Him our shopping list of prayers. Don’t get me wrong…He wants to hear what’s on our hearts but let’s first tell Him how much we love Him.
So with that all in mind, how about we pray the same for our kids today…
Today’s virtue to pray: ADORATION FOR GOD
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. (1 Chronicles 29:11)
May our children have such a passion and love for our God. And may we teach them how to adore the King!