I love to pray for my children.
Even in days when I am not feeling specifically prayerful, I MUST PRAY…because my children have got to be prayed for.
This is because much as I try to be a good mother to them, there is only so much I can do. I can take them to church, I can educate them, I can take them to school, I can dress them and I can cook for them, I can do an almost good job at feeding them as well. All these with God’s help, of course.
However, God has not enabled me to do so many other things for them. For instance, I cannot be with my children every minute, I cannot protect them from incidents and accidents, I cannot bubble-wrap them away from worldly influence, I cannot make them Christians, I cannot even heal them when they are sick, I cannot make decisions for them, only rules, I cannot make them love people, or vice-versa, I cannot make them whole, I can never satisfy them.
But I know God can.
He formed them intricately in my womb, and has precious thoughts for them ( Psalms 139).
My children’s’ hearts are in His hands, like the waters of a river, He directs them however HE pleases (Proverbs 21:1).
I realize that God has better plans for my children than I could ever have, more precious thoughts about them than mine, more control over their hearts than I have.
Clearly, I would be a fool to depend on my very limited abilities and skills in parenting.
James 5:16-18 gives me so much more reason and confidence to pray for them:-
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. (NIV)
This scripture gives me assurance that my prayers are powerful and effective, just as those of Elijah.
Yours too, if only you pray.