-by Mary May Larmoyeux– With so much turmoil in the world, do you ever ask yourself, “How can I pray for children and grandchildren?” I sure do.
And I asked God that very question when I heard about the most recent senseless attack in our country. For those of us searching His Word for comfort, may we remember no matter how we feel, He reigns over all.
And not only that, He wants us to come to Him with our joys…and sorrows…and fears…and despair. David reminded us of that in Psalm 31:14-15. “You are my God,” he said, “my times are in Your hand.”
So, is there anything we can do to somehow protect our children and grandchildren from the evil around them? Pray (James 5:16).
Here are seven short prayers you and I could pray for children who are in our lives. You may want to pray them at one sitting, or over seven days. The main thing is, God wants us to come to Him for help.
7 Things to Pray for Children
1. Precious one, I hate that you are growing up in a time filled with so much evil and violence. It truly grieves my heart.
Lord, help my children and grandchildren …and me… not to focus on what’s going wrong in the world, but instead to keep our eyes on the only One who can make things right. After all, Almighty God, you are the One who truly understands how all of the pieces of life will ultimately fit together. We can trust You. We are told in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
2. Almighty God, sometimes I forget that You knew my children and grandchildren long before I did. You even chose the day they would be born. It doesn’t surprise You that they are living in troubled times. And You promised in John 16:33, that “In this world you will have trouble.” Then you sprinkled that verse with hope, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
3. Perhaps, Lord, you have a special assignment for my children and grandchildren. Or, maybe You know that certain problems will build their character and help them trust You. As I read the words of Esther 4:14, may I trust You, even when I don’t understand. “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
4. But no matter what happens, Lord, surround my legacy with supernatural protection and peace. Help them call on You, asking for Your guidance and wisdom. May they understand that whether tragedies or great blessings flood their lives, You are there. May my precious ones “know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity.” (Proverbs 1:2-3).
5. Lord, give my children and grandchildren friends of strong moral character—young men and women who will encourage them to do things that please You. But if they fail in some way today, may they realize failure is never final. And then discover that setbacks often lead to new discoveries and better ways of doing things.
6. Help my precious ones not to be deceived or to deceive others. May they have genuine friends and realize that “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
7. Good and gracious God, help my legacy remember I am praying for them today…will be praying tomorrow…and the day after that. And as I pray for my children and grandchildren, may I heed the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
A Final Reminder
May you and I never feel hopeless as we look at devastating situations around us. Instead, may we turn to the Almighty One who wants us to talk to Him about our joys and sorrows. Let’s stop the hectic pace of life and pray for children, grandchildren, and the world.
© 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Searching for some creative ideas for grandparents? Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)