For years my subconscious mode of operation was–It’s all up to me!
I’m not sure where I came up with that idea but it was leaving me exhausted and unhappy.
Well, I’m happy to report that this is NOT how God designed motherhood for us to go at it alone. We are not meant to carry the burden and weight of the souls, lives, emotions, actions, heart and words of our children. Yes, we are to train them, guide them, love them and coach them through life but it is God who does the heart work.
God has been teaching me this lesson over and over again in my 16 years of motherhood that I don’t need to save or fix my children. My mama bear heart wants to save them from hurt, pain, challenges, bullies but I also know that God can use that pain to strengthen them, redeem them and draw them close to Him. My mama heart wants to “fix” their weaknesses but I also know that in their weakness His power is made perfect.
God didn’t make me a mother so I could fix or save my children but to love them, guide them and pray for them.
So today I want to focus on the honor and responsibility we get as mothers–to pray for our children.
Praying For Your Children From Head to Toe
You can download this printable by clicking—-> Praying for your child from Head to toe but the longer version is below.
We are going to pray for our children from “Head to Toe”.
Pray for Their Mind: Lord, I pray that you would help ___ catch every thought and make it obedient to you. Help ___ not be conformed to this world but that __ would let you transform ___ into a new person by changing the way ___ thinks so he can discern what is good, acceptable and your will. (Romans 12:2, 2 Cor. 10:5)
Pray for their Eyes: I ask that you’d give __ eyes to see the wonders and goodness of who you are in and around him. Help ___ really see people for who they are and respect them. Give ___ the ability to turn his eyes away from evil and focus them on you.
Pray for their Ears: Heavenly Father, There are so many voices out there that want to influence our children but ___ tune those out so ___ can hear your voice above all of them. Help ___ discern evil from good and choose truth in the midst of it all.
Pray for their Mouth: Lord may ___ words be pleasing to you; filled with truth, gratitude and kindness so that others may see You through ___. Remind ___ to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. (James 1:19)
Pray for their Hands: Lord, May they use their hands to work hard and may they be willing to serve those in need. Let the beauty of the Lord be upon them, and establish the work of their hands. (Psalms 90:17)
Pray for their Feet: Let ___ throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let ___ run with perseverance the race, fixing __ eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2) May ___ walk with the wise and not the foolish. Give ___ the courage to stand fast and to remove those stumbling blocks from ___ path.
Pray for their Heart: Heavenly Father, May ___ desire to be in your presence above all else, draw ___ close to you. May ___ trust you with all ___ heart and not rely in __ own understanding but in all his ways acknowledge you. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Teach ___ to hide your word in __ heart.
This school year may look different for your children but we can still pray that the Lord will work in them and through them in a might way.