guard what has been entrusted to your care :: praying for my kids

It is finally here! I am setting aside time every day to pray specifically for my kids. As good as my intentions are to pray for them, it just doesn’t happen. I hear of moms praying for their kids’ spouses one day. What?! My prayers tend to look more like, “Lord, I pray they sleep a little longer for naps today.” Ha! I’m just being honest here. But in all seriousness, I should be intervening for them throughout the day all the time. I can’t shield them from the world but I can pray for their protection in it. I can pray that they choose to love others above themselves. I can pray for their purity in heart, mind and body. I can pray for their courage in life. Oh, I can pray for so many things! And just this morning God gave me one of those moments where His Word jumped off the page…

…guard what has been entrusted to your care. (1 Timothy 6:20)

My kids have been entrusted to my care. And I can guard them by praying over them daily. YES! I needed this to remind me that this is my job, to intervene on their behalf.

Now I’m not really sure what this month will look like from one post to another. I may share a few days worth of virtues I’m praying over them or one a day. I’m also reading the book Too Busy Not To Pray by Bill Hybels and I hope to share truth on prayer in general. The reality is, I really struggle in this discipline. My heart knows I should be praying but my head often says, “God doesn’t really need my prayer. He already knows what happens.” So here I am…hungry to pray for my kids, really hungry for prayer in general. And I just have this feeling that God is going to do something amazing in me throughout this 30 Days!

So today’s virtue to pray: CONTENTMENT

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12)

We are just coming off of a joint birthday party for my two older kids who just turned 5 and almost 3 years old. Wow, they love them some gifts! You could give my son the smallest thing and he thinks it’s amazing (possible love language of gifts!). But I want to constantly be pouring into them about having a heart of contentment and not always wishing for the next thing. Wow, how awesome it would be to have satisfied hearts in Christ alone!

So take some time to pray over your kids today. And if you don’t have kids, just remember that we could all use some prayer on having more contentment in our lives!