make a list :: praying for my kids

It is the last day of the month and the last day of this 30 Day project…praying for my kids. It has flown by! But what a joy it has been. If you joined me, take a look at what we entrusted to God by praying for our kids…

Amazing! But this is definitely NOT the end. There is so much more we can bring before the Lord on behalf of our kids. I think I’m going to write these out on a notecard and stick it in my car so I can be reminded to pray. Because let’s face it, without reminders I forget everything…sometimes even praying. But I have to admit, God has taught me so much on prayer from the book of Nehemiah. This was not something I planned on reading during this 30 Days, but it overlapped with my Bible study. Definitely not a coincidence in God’s plan and something He used to teach me!

So what virtue do we add to the end of that amazing list above? It’s so hard to pick because I can still think of so many other qualities to pray…purity, fearlessness, leadership. But I have one in mind that I believe is so important too…

Today’s virtue to pray: WISDOM

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore (1 Kings 4:29).

I love that Solomon asked for wisdom and God granted His request (you can read the story in 2 Chronicles 1). We can ask that for our kids too. But don’t be fooled…this does not mean asking that they are smart. Let me clarify the definitions…

  • SMART: having or showing a quick-witted intelligence
  • WISDOM: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment

Just the other day a friend posted how much their child is learning in school. And I sat their for a minute comparing my son to hers. “Well, Davis doesn’t know how to do that. Maybe I need to start teaching him even more at home.” Wow, I fell in that trap fast. Thankfully within a few minutes I realized where my heart and mind were racing to and I prayed. I didn’t pray for him to be smart and know how to count from 1 to 100 at 5 years old…that’s important and I know Davis will get there soon. But instead I prayed for him to have wisdom. The kind of wisdom that comes only from God, the creator of the universe. I desire for all of my kids to have good judgment and knowledge on things above and not of this world… “a breath of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”

So pick a virtue today for your kids that the Lord is impressing on your heart. And make your list to remind you to pray for your little people. Because remember…

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


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