Prayer is essential in our relationship with God and all others; especially our family. We can use prayer: to overcome temptation, instead of complaining, change our attitude and events, when discouraged, as a weapon against evil, to release tensions of emotional stress, in the midst of panic, for government and Christian leaders, rather than revenge, help us remember God’s goodness, before making an important decision and to strengthen our trust in God. We should not let guilt feelings keep us from praying, fail to pray for others, be discouraged by a ‘no’ answer from God or always expect an immediate answer. We can pray with preparation, constantly, spontaneously, anywhere anytime and with great discipline. Prayer says, “I am human and God is God” and it is a privilege given to us in grace.
It’s never to early to begin praying with our children or for our children. The sooner we do, the sooner they developed a prayer life of their own. When children begin to study, learn and know God, they go deeper into prayer and intercession. One way to help their understanding of who God is, is to introduce conversations about the different and many great attributes of God. Following are alphabetical attributes to share with your child (‘When Children Pray’ by Cheri Fuller):
A – Able, Available, Advocate
B – Beloved, Beauty, Bridegroom
C – Creator, Compassionate, Commander, Comforter, Counselor
D – Deliverer, Defender
E – Eternal, Exalted, Everlasting
F – Faithful, Forgiving, Friend
G – Gentle, Grace, Giver, Guide
H – High Priest, Holy, Husband
I – Indwelling, Inviting
J – Just
K – Keeper
L – Light, Life, Love
M – Maker, Merciful, Majestic
N – Nourishment
O – Owner, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent
P – Promise Keeper, Protector, Provider, Powerful
Q – Quiet
R – Refuge, Reward
S – Shepherd, Sovereign, Strength, Sufficiency
T – Teacher, Truth
U – Unchangeable
V – Victor, Virtuous
W – Wonderful Counselor, Worthy
X – X-tra good! X-ellent!
Y – the same Yesterday, today, and forever
Z – Zealous
With our children we use the ‘JOY’ structured prayer. (J) tell Jesus who and what he is to you. (O) pray for Others. (Y) pray for Yourself.
We must be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. It is the key to Heaven. When we pray with our eyes on God we shift the focus from our difficulties; for prayer is most powerful for trials, the most effective medicine against sickness and the most valuable gift to give those we love. No prayer is to small or big for God to handle. Remember Satan tries to limit our prayer life because he knows our prayer life will limit him.
It is our contiguous prayer that God, the source of hope will fill you completely with joy and peace because you will trust him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. May whatever you ask for in prayer, you believe that you have received it and it be yours. In Jesus name, Amen.