Recently a son was born to my younger brother John and his wife Erika.
This got me thinking—what are important things to pray for your children?
When Johnny was born, my parents thought my twin brother and I would be jealous, so they got us a hamster. They read it somewhere.
But when Johnny came home, we ignored the hamster. We loved our baby brother instead.
As a parent, I want my kids to succeed in life. I want them to discover why they were put on the earth. I want them to enjoy life and feel deep satisfaction about how they lived. And I want the other lives they touched to outnumber the stars.
Do you want the same?
Here are three things to pray for your children. My parents prayed them for me.
• Maker. Pray your child comes to know God. She was born with the hunger for knowing God. If that hunger isn’t directed to God, she’ll go ‘round and ‘round like a hamster on a wheel. We are suckers for substitutes. We probe the earth for the ultimate high, but forget the One who made us.
May your child fill herself with God. People will disappoint her. Pleasures will fade. Even her parents will eventually leave her—that’s you. So pray she builds a vital relationship with her Maker. It’ll stand the test of time. It’s the source of everlasting joy. And when all else fails, He won’t.
• Mission. Pray your child discovers his mission in life. His mission is the unique value he brings to the world. It’s a solution to the world’s pain. It’s something he’s passionate about. It drives his decisions. It takes up his time and money. Your child’s mission offers the greatest potential for glory.
It’s easier to find your mission when you partner with your Maker. But finding it is one thing; carrying it out is another. Fulfilling your mission is not only easier, but more enjoyable and powerful when you do it with God. God brings unlimited resources, so why not do it with Him?
• Mate. The right spouse can make or break you. It can be the difference between joy, fellowship, and intimacy or drudgery, loneliness, and strife. Outside of walking with your Maker, choosing your mate is the most important decision to make. Yes, people can change, but change is hard.
May your child find that special spouse. My parents prayed for my future wife. When I met her, I knew she would be my wife. Three months later we engaged. We’ve been married for 11 years. Aside from being born again, it was the best decision I ever made. Thanks Mom and Dad!
What are you praying for your children?