Back to school

Today’s the first day of school for my girls.

I’m not quite sure why they have the deer-in-headlights look. They saw this coming.

I’m not quite sure why they have the deer-in-headlights look. They saw this coming.

We’ve been taking it easy this summer. Days at the pool, playing with friends, late nights, later mornings. I’ve also taken it easy from blogging.

But my brain, like our schedule, is coming back into focus.

Over the past few weeks I’ve read two things that prompted me to take a closer look at how I pray for my children.

Oh sure, I pray for them often, but it’s general stuff.

Help them have a great first day of school.

Keep them safe.

Help them be a light for You wherever they go.

All good prayers, but nothing too specific. Then I read Michelle Duggar’s list. And chapter 9 in Emerson Eggerich’s Love and Respect in the Family. Both convicted me that I need to intercede for my children specifically and repeatedly.

Most of the ideas below flicker through my mind. But from now on, I want to be deliberate about lifting them up to God.

Things I’m praying for my children:

1. Their salvation
2. That they place their trust in God in every circumstance
3. That they develop a love for His word
4. That they cultivate a calm and tranquil spirit
5. That they have a grateful and generous heart
6. That they have a clear conscience before God and man
7. That they have a servant’s heart
8. That they feel remorse over sin
9. That they love others well
10. And finally, even though mine are young, I’m praying for their future mates

That’s it for now. I’m sure my list will change as new needs and challenges present themselves.

“Show my your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4, 5

Let’s talk: Do you have any specific prayers for your children?

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