One of the great privileges of parenthood is that we can ask God to work in the lives of our children. These 40 prayers can be offered as a 40-day cycle of prayer (patterned after Jesus' own 40-day spiritual retreat in Matthew 4) or simply used during the course of each day.
1. For the Knowledge of God
Dear God, the Psalmist declares, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). In their busyness, may my children have quiet moments in which they think and reflect about God in their lives.
2. For Salvation
Loving God, the apostle Paul reminds us that the Gospel "is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16). Help my children learn to trust in you early in their lives and remain faithfully committed to your ways throughout their lives.
3. For Myself as a Parent
Gracious God, fill me with sensitivity and insight that I may understand the best ways to guide my children so they may grow in your wisdom and love.
4. For Parenting Patience
Loving God, although family life is often hectic and busy, help me to listen with patience to the worries, troubles, and problems my children may have.
5. For Kindness of Speech
Gracious God, so many children have been deeply wounded because they have been the brunt of criticism, teasing, and taunting. May my children exhibit kindness in their speech. Let the words of Psalm 19:14 be true for my children: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight."1