Ever feel like you are praying the same prayers for them over and over and over again? Me too!
Do “yes” answers to the above questions ever cause you to relax your prayers over your children? Me too!
Yet the spiritual battle for the souls of our children remains constant. As such, our prayers over and intercession for our children must continue with vigilance. Remembering why we pray will help us when the above questions threaten our motivation. So let us review for a moment.
Our parental prayers, birthed out of love, compassion and (at times) a healthy dose of righteous anger, matter. If the the veil between our physical reality and the spiritual reality were pulled back, our eyes would see the true intensity of the battle being waged by Satan for the souls and destinies of our children.
As Paul wrote in Ephesians 6, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities in the heavenly realms. Even on their worst days, our children are not the enemy. Satan, the adversary and deceiver, stands with all his minions as the true enemy.
With that in mind, let us never tire of interceding on behalf of our children. With the same urgency and self-sacrifice we would exhibit if trying to rescue our children from a burning house, let us fight through prayer the enemy of their souls and their destinies. Let us battle with both confidence and perseverance!
Satan fights on as a defeated enemy, defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Through our prayers and intercession, we enforce the victory Jesus already accomplished through his death and resurrection. Furthermore, we enforce that victory as ones who sit with Christ at the right hand of God in the heavenly realms, a place far above every satanic power and principality.
Just as Jesus ascended, we also ascended spiritually and sit with him NOW at the right hand of God. Satan and every minion which he assigns to our children likewise exist beneath our feet. God wants us to understand what Satan does NOT want us to understand–Satan’s best view of us as disciples of Jesus will always be of the bottom of our feet. Through our prayers and intercession, we take daily “selfies” of the bottoms of our feet and post them on Satan’s Facebook page reminding him that he is defeated!
Simply, Jesus taught his disciples that they were to pray and not give up (Luke 18). He even shared a parable about a persistent widow whose persistence before an unjust judge paid off. If the unjust judge grants justice, how much more will the Father in heaven grant justice to his chosen ones. Additionally, her persistence demonstrated her profound faith. Jesus concludes his comments on the parable by asking, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Perseverance demonstrates our faith in God and in the victory won by Jesus. Perseverance demonstrates that the temporal and eternal destinies of our children matter. Perseverance demonstrates that we love our children and that they matter. We persevere for what is important to us. Our children are important to us!
Regardless of whether or not we know what exactly to pray, or whether or not we feel like we are just praying the same prayers over and over again, we will continue to pray for our children with confidence and perseverance. Our prayers matter because they enforce the victory won by Jesus through his death and resurrection. We pray with confidence because we pray from a heavenly position of authority, as disciples and joint heirs with Jesus sitting at the right hand of God. We pray with perseverance because our children are worth it!
Finally, during the coming months, I hope to post occasional blogs with prayers that we can pray over our children. Even the most diligent of us in prayer struggle at times to know what to pray and can feel that we pray the same prayers over and over. I will take various passages from God’s Word and turn them into prayers over our children.
The next blog will be a prayer derived from Psalm 1 that I am currently praying over my children. If you are a parent, I hope you will join me in praying these prayers over your children. The age of your children does not matter. They may be adults with children of their own. If so, then pray these prayers over your children and grandchildren. Believe with me that our prayers will impact coming generations.
Happy New Year!