Was today one of those days? Maybe it started earlier than you planned and hasn’t slowed down yet. I know you meant to pray for your sweet babies. But, well . . . life happened . . .
I know. Believe me, I know. You don’t always have time to pray for your kiddos like you want. Me, neither!
I love to take my coffee out on the back deck and have a nice, long chat with God about life, children and more as the sun rises over the trees. But on some days, I oversleep. I overbook. I’m overwhelmed. That’s when my “quick prayer” comes in handy. Do you have one?
My quick prayer is the result of 18 years of boiling down my greatest hopes for my kids for the day and sharing it with God. Every. Single. Day.
The cool thing about a quick prayer is that it is so close to your heart that you don’t need your prayer journal . . . you don’t need a lot of time . . . you don’t need to make a big production about it.
Simplicity and repetition in prayer is a good thing. Jesus said so!
Remember in Matthew 6 when Jesus was teaching us about prayer? “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7 ESV).
More words don’t make it better. In fact, The Lord’s Prayer that Jesus gave us as an example was under about 70 words, depending on the translation. So my take away is—keep it simple. Repetition is also pretty important when it comes to praying for your kids. Jesus taught about this, too.
“Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.” (Luke 11:5-8 NLT).
Great advice! So, a simple but persistent prayer is pretty powerful. No matter how little time you have or how cluttered your mind, you can say a “quick prayer” for your babies every day . . . or several times a day.
“Quick prayers” are very personal, but I’ll share mine with you as an example. It’s pretty simple.
“Father, thank you for my children, my greatest treasures. Please bless them today. Give them wisdom to know what is right and courage to do what is right. Protect them from evil, from evil influences and from physical harm. Prepare them for your purposes. Amen.”
I’ve prayed some version of this for my babies as long as I can remember. Of course there are days when I meet God and talk about each child in depth and pray about so much more in their lives and future. But this one is my go-to prayer . . . almost like a special daily handshake that me and God have together.
I’m saying, “See God, I’m trying to do my part in this parenting partnership.” And I feel like God gives me a wink and replies, “Me, too.”
If you already have a quick prayer for your child, I want to encourage you to keep going! Even when it seems nothing is happening, God hears you. He is faithful and he is already at work in their lives. If you don’t have one already, start working on it. What are the most important blessings you ask of God for your children? I think God would love to hear from you about it.