how to pray for our children

Recently I heard a sermon focusing on prayer and how we can specifically pray for our children and young people. I found it so convicting, I can’t help but share it with all of you.

I. Intercession is not an option.

How can I position myself to be an effective intercessor?

  • Make sure your heart is clean before God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.
  • Pray for God’s will, not your ideas or preferences.
  • Praise God that He hears, sees, and knows what is best.
  • Pray according to the Word.
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • Pray boldly.
  • Pray believing.
  • Pray alert to the fact that you are in spiritual warfare.
  • Thank God that He hears your prayers.
II. Investing in the Next Generation is Essential.
III. Intentionality is key.

Pray intentionally that…

  • They will know Christ early in life.
  • They will see sin the way God sees it.
  • When they sin, they will be caught early.
  • They will be protected from evil influences in their lives.
  • They will have a responsible attitude in all their interpersonal relationships.
  • They will respect those in authority over them.
  • They will desire the right kind of friendships and be protected fro the wrong kind of friendships.
  • They, as well as the one they marry, will be pure until marriage.
  • They will grow in Christ’s likeness.
  • They will understand who they are in Christ.
A few of my notes:
  • There is no greater investment than praying for your children.
  • Children need to be trained, not just in the facts of life, but in the ways of life.
  • We all have influence.
  • You do not get this time back.

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. 3 John 4

Sermon credit to my pastor, who unapologetically preaches God’s Word each and every Sunday. I am so thankful for his leadership in our church home. You can listen to this sermon here. And for more of Sherwood Baptist Church’s sermons, click here to subscribe to the podcast.

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