The other day at the grocery store, I ran into my sweet friend. Our oldest boys are best friends and the same age…finishing up middle school and headed to high school. High school. Gulp. We stood in the aisle for a while talking about some of the things they are encountering during middle school and she said this,
“How do we do this?”
You see, after 13 years of parenting (not long, I know), I have determined that the only place we need to go to do battle in on our knees. Don’t get me wrong. We need to speak when the situation demands it, but the real battle?? It’s won through the convicting work of God. It’s won through the power of God working in and through situations.
“Through the grace of Jesus and the power of prayer.”
Several seasons ago, my sweet friend, Melanie Redd, introduced me to her book called, How to Win Your Child’s Heart. In her book, Melanie talks about praying scripture over your children. I know that Melanie is not the first person to introduce this concept. She just happens to be the person speaking truth over me through this season of parenting.
After reading Melanie’s book and seeing some of her examples I began to compile a list of my own scriptures. These are scriptures that I’ve come across in my own personal study time that hold special meaning to me.
How do you find scriptures of your own to pray?
Spend time in God’s word as part of an active relationship with Him.
Study the Bible daily. Study it like it’s a college course. Pray through it. Learn from it. The best book I’ve found for learning to really study the Bible is Jenn Wilkin’s book, Women of the Word.
Spend time with someone who has walked ahead of you.
I can not express how important it is to have people speaking truth and wisdom over you.
Be involved in a local church.
Community is so important. Being around other believers will push you on. You’ll have people around you walking in similar stations in life, people behind you that need you, and people ahead of you…as mentioned above. We need each other.
Below are some of my favorite scriptures I pray over our boys. Of course, the Bible isn’t a magic pill that compels God to do our bidding, but I have personally found power and encouragement in praying God’s Word. I’ve written these verses out for you to borrow until the Lord gives you scriptures of your own to pray over your children.
What about you? Do you have any scripture that you pray over your children? I’d love to hear about it!