I don’t pray for my kids every day, but when I do, there are a lot more things that I don’t pray for than I do.
In fact, there are really only three things I do consistently pray for, succinctly summed up in nine keywords. These are the things — in my view — that matter infinitely more than anything else.
I pray that my kids will:
Know God Accurately
Love God Wholeheartedly
Represent God Authentically
With regard to Knowing God Accurately, I’m asking that my kids will have a real encounter the Creator of the Universe and increasingly understand who He is. I want their beliefs to correspond to the actual qualities of God, not an understanding skewed by human thinking. I want them to more fully comprehend His omnipotence, omniscience, sovereignty, justice, holiness, mercy, love, compassion, and grace.
By Loving God Wholeheartedly I’m asking that my kids would increasingly love God for who He is and continuously turn every part of their lives over to Him as Lord. Loving God involves more than feelings, it’s a commitment to align their wills with His, surrender themselves to His service, and delightfully obey what He says — regardless of the cost.
In Representing God Authentically, I’m asking that my kids will increasingly become more like Jesus, humbly bear much fruit, and love others — being God’s ambassadors wherever He places them.
These nine words sum up what matters most to me as a praying parent. What more could I want but for these prayers to be answered? That’s why I don’t spend much time praying for the typical things: success, health, prosperity, finances, careers, or a spouse. Besides, most of these things will fall into place anyway if these “top three” prayers are answered.
(I pray these same three things for myself, Cindy and others too!)
Btw, here’s what I pray for my kids’ dad — I always pray that I would shepherd, serve, and cherish them more and more…yet hold them looser and looser.