Daily Truth: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” II Timothy 3:16
Before Easter, I suggested we start praying scripture for our children.
When I started this a few weeks ago, I started pondering reasons that I should be praying scripture for my children. I came up with 5 reasons although I am sure there are others.
Do you have your journals ready?
WARNING: There are going to be days that the devil is going to cause you to doubt the validity of praying scripture for your children. You need to be able to grab these verses quickly. Nothing will defeat the lies of the devil faster than God’s Word of Truth!
1. Satan wants our children. Satan knows that the only thing we can take to Heaven with us are those things we do for Christ here on earth. Our mission as mom’s is to raise our children in a way that would honor Christ. So, don’t you think Satan will stop at nothing to get our children?
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:2
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat” Luke 22:31
2. We are commanded to pray for our children.
“Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children” Lamentations 2:19
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” Ephesians 6:18
Although these verses aren’t direct commands for praying scripture for our children, the command is there to pray.
I had never seen this verse in Lamentations before. In chapter 2 God is describing His wrath being poured out on His people for their sins. However, verse 19 can still be used for us today. We need to, as mother’s be willing to pour out our hearts to God and lift to Him the lives of our young children. The picture of a mother overcome with grief for the life of her children is such a strong image.
3. We receive God’s power and have direct access to God.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” James 5:16
The Amplified Bible translates it as follows: “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working”
Imagine – when we pray earnestly and continually we are tapping into God’s power! Praying scripture for our children gives us promises that we can claim for our children and that is powerful!
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
We are to come boldly (fearlessly) before God’s throne when praying scripture for our children. He is not a God or King to cower in fear from. He wants to hear our petitions.
4. Scripture is God’s Word. I know this seems obvious. But think about it ladies. When we are praying scripture we are praying God’s actual words to Him. We are praying His promises. God says that He is not slack concerning His promises.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1
Excuse the length of this next passage. However, once again the word picture is too beautiful to ignore.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:9-11
5. God’s Word is powerful.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The image here is of one going to battle against their fiercest enemy. Remember the first point in praying scripture for our children? We are battling the Prince of the Air. He is our fiercest enemy. Praying Scripture is that sword that we need to battle Satan.
Take that blue highlighter (or whatever color) and go through your Bible and highlight these verses.
Then dig deeper and find other verse that you can use to support these reasons for praying scripture for our children.
Until Next Week,