Prayer is the work of a parent from the moment your child is first placed into your arms all the way through their adult years. In fact, the best thing you can do for your child is to pray for them consistently. If you don’t have any children, we can still have an impact on our friends’ children, neighborhood kids, nieces, and nephews by intentionally praying for them.
My friend, Sharon Jaynes, likes to say that we can’t be perfect parents, but we can be praying parents. For 10 years, Sharon served as Vice President of Proverbs 31 Ministries and co-host for their daily radio feature. She is the author of 25 books, including her newest release Praying for Your Child from Head to Toe. Sharon currently writes for Proverbs 31 Ministries and teaches at their She Speaks Conference.
In this conversation, you’ll hear:
- How prayer can help you untangle control
- The importance of praying for your child’s thoughts
- 16 landmarks you can use to pray for your child
- And much more!
I hope these landmarks inspire you to pray more intentionally for your child in whatever season of life they are in!
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- When You Don’t Like Your Story with Sharon Jaynes | Episode 33
- [BOOK] Enough: Silencing the Lies that Steal Your Confidence
- [BOOK] Praying for Your Child from Head to Toe
- The Praying Wives Club on Facebook
- Connect with Sharon on her website, Facebook, or Instagram
- As a thank you for listening, get your 3 free eBooks.
My Key Takeaways:
1) Prayer is a way to relinquish control. As parents, it is natural to want the best for our children. We tend to do everything within our power to protect and control their lives. While we may mean well, the truth is that we cannot control everything that comes into their lives. By taking the time to regularly pray for our children, we are actually giving the control and the outcome back into the hands of God.
2) You can pray for a child at any age. Even our adult children need our prayers! Regardless of whether our child is still a newborn, entering the teenage years, or even well into adulthood, we can still pray for them in an intentional way. You can even pray for other children in your life that need prayer such as your grandchild or a neighborhood child. There is no requirement for a child to be your biological child in order to lift them up in prayer.
3) Create a daily habit of prayer. If you are a busy parent, it may seem daunting to squeeze prayer into your already-packed schedule. Creating a daily habit of prayer could take as little as a few minutes each day. You don’t have to pray through all 16 landmarks each day. You may find that you pray for just one over a few days or even a month! The important part is to create a habit of praying for our kids, not how long each day. Even short prayers can have a huge impact!
Sharon Jaynes is a conference speaker and the author of 25 books. She served as vice president and radio co-host of Proverbs 31 Ministries for ten years and currently writes for their online devotions as well as teaches at She Speaks conferences. Sharon and her husband live in Weddington, North Carolina.
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