Worrying about our children comes as naturally to a parent as breathing. We are concerned about this issue or that character trait in them. We fear what might happen to them – accidents, trauma, abuse. We worry about their grades, their peer relationships, their physical development. And most of all, we desire our children to grow in their relationship with the Lord and to follow Him. When we focus on the potential problems (or the real life ones!) we pray from a place of fear instead of trust.
One of the best resources I’ve found is the book by Stormie Omartian – “The Power of a Praying Parent”, a practical guide to praying for our children.
God loves our children more than we do. He already has a beautiful plan for their lives and He sees the end from the beginning. My first place in pray is to remind myself of this and to again place them in His hands. He’s happy to discuss the problems and battles they face with us if we will stop our worry long enough to listen to what He has to say. My worry accomplishes nothing and actually becomes a stumbling block to loving dialogue with Jesus.
Because His thoughts are higher than my thoughts and very different from what I would naturally think, I have to be still enough to hear Him speak and trust His ways, even if an immediate change doesn’t happen. I can trust Him for the long haul.
It’s hard when our children are not “perfect” like we’d like (but then, neither are we!!!) We make mistakes and so do they. Have grace for yourself as a parent and have grace for them. Trust God as you commit them to His care.
In a challenging season with your child? Take heart. Cast your cares on God and rest in His loving care of them. Get the book “The Power of a Praying Parent” and regularly contend for your children with faith-filled prayers as you partner with God for the best plans He has for them.