Okay, I'll admit it. One area I am weak in is prayer. I love to spend time reading and studying the Bible. I love to write and contemplate, but when it comes to prayer I get so easily distracted.
Perhaps it is the little ones that seem to get up just when I should be praying. Maybe it is the older ones that are preparing for school. Or maybe it is because prayer is a battle. It isn't just a battle to pray, but when we pray when enter the battle for the hearts and minds of our children.
When our oldest ones were little and went to bed early, Tom and I would go into their rooms after they were asleep and pray over them. We were united and our children were covered in prayer. As life got busy, somehow this important event got put on the back burner. It wasn't that we weren't praying, but it was no longer consistent and intentional. Prayer became more of a 911 emergency call, rather than consistently planting and weeding a garden.
One book that I have decided to use this year to help in my prayers for my children is While They are Sleeping: 12 Character Traits to Pray for Your Child. It is a beautiful book focused on consistent prayer and application. There are 12 chapters, each focused on one character trait with five days of prayer per trait. There is also you and me time, live it out, and a journal area to record answers that you see to your prayers.
I like the idea of focusing on kindness, humility, teachability, forgiveness, obedience, discernment, purity, responsibility, courage, servanthood, contentment, and endurance. I know that at the end of this year I will see a difference in my children, but I will be different as well. Prayer does that. It changes the situation, but more importantly it changes the one praying. Spending time at the feet of Jesus does that.
I am excited for this adventure. Anyone else want to join me this year as we consistently lift our children before the Lord?