[Note: We are learning how to really live together. This isn't an instruction guide. The posts in this series are my open journal. Please include your thoughts in the comments. Let's find out together how to really live!]
“Mom, close the door.” It was the way he said it. Lip quivering, wringing hands. I knew he needed to talk and as I walked to his bed, holding my breath, mind racing, I knew this would be one of those moments I wouldn’t forget.
As soon as I sat down, he threw his arms around my neck, nearly climbing into my lap and a volcano of emotions erupted. We both held on tight.
It’s not a story that needs to be told here. It’s his. But it involved pressure from the world and one little boy standing up against it.
Oh, my heart.
Immediately, I thought of I Corinthians 10:13, one of the verses we had just memorized as a family with crazy hand movements to help us remember, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
In learning it, we pretended that “temptation” was a heavy rock trying to crush us, but God, being faithful, helped us escape from the heavy blow.
And so sitting in my 8 year old’s son bed, I felt the weight of the rock. But The Rock was there, holding the pressure at bay. In the scope of his life, this was such a small thing. But it’s in winning the small battles, we prepare for the big war, the one that vies for our very life.
He talked, I listened. I talked, he listened. God was near.
I walked down the steps with an urgency to pray for my children. Not just with them at table and bed, but for them, over them. I try to practice this, but there’s nothing like watching your child overcome that sends you back to your knees.
How to really pray for your kids:
- Pray over them-at night while they are asleep, in the car before you drop them off, in tense moments
- Pray with them-ask them to pray, even when you know they will say no, keep asking
- Pray for them-God loves them more than we do, there are no secrets. I pray for their weaknesses and for mine.
- Pray in front of them-let them see you pray, on your knees.
- Pray without ceasing——pray God’s best for them, not yours.
- Pray to receive God’s best-because odds are there will be valleys that are hard for mommas to cross
How do you really pray for your kids?
an extensive plan with scripture to pray for your kids for a year