Prayers to Pray
Here is an intense warfare prayer for your family.
Heavenly Father I bow and worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection during this time of prayer. I surrender myself completely unreservedly in every area of my life to Yourself. I take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in this time of prayer and I address myself only to the true and living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.
Father God, I know that “no one can come to [Jesus] unless the Father . . . draws them” (John 6:44). I ask that You draw _____________ to Your Son, that he/she may know You personally and spend eternity with You.
Lord God, I ask that You move upon _____________’s heart to accept the Truth of Christ. “Give them a heart to know [You], that [You are] the Lord, [so that] they will be [Your] people, and [You] will be their God,” and may they “return to [You] with all their heart” (Jeremiah 24:7).
Prayer for unsaved family members
Prayer for your own spiritual growth
Nothing cookie-cutter about them. An approach that reaches one son alienates another.
God has picked you out to be the parent to the children whom He has entrusted to your care. You’re His chosen one for this exact assignment, and He knows everything you will need to know as you parent. He knows, and He is delighted to reveal to you everything you need every time you need it. You just need to have your heart synchronized with His and live in sync with His indwelling Spirit.
Jesus demonstrated what it was like to live synced to the Father’s heart, the same way He invites us to live synced to His heart. For many years I have been teaching this as the definition of a praying life. Living in the flow of His power and provision. Instead of having a prayer life—packaging words between Dear God and Amen—you can live a praying life—a life synced to the heart of Jesus so that His life flows through you like the vine’s life through the branch.
A praying life is a life lived on earth in the power of heaven.
As you parent, you can live a praying life. You can parent out of the resources of heaven. The most important parenting skill you can hone is how to live synced to the heart of Jesus. “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26).
As you grow in Christ, your descendants will be the beneficiaries. Your children will be enriched because your heart is connected to the heart of Jesus. Your children will have the advantage of being parented out of the Storehouse of all wisdom (Colossians 2:3). The best parenting advice I can give is this: Live synced to the heart of Jesus.
A Prayer for Wisdom in Parenting (to Pray Each Day)
Jesus, I look to You for the wisdom I need in any moment. What takes me by surprise does not take You by surprise. You are always ready to make a direct deposit from Your heart to mine. Teach me to live so synced to Your heart that heaven’s resources are always at my disposal. Amen.
Heavenly Father, thank You that in Your Word, You have given me all I need to mature in the faith, to grow in grace and to live godly in Christ Jesus. I pray that I may cry out in longing for the pure meat of the Word of God. Develop in me an insatiable desire to know more of You and to know You more intimately, so that individually and corporately I may grow up and mature in every aspect of my Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our Saviour and Head.