What I have found very interesting in my prayer time is that I begin thinking I am praying for this person or that person and God always turns it to me.
Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
This verse speaks clearly of where our focus should be. So what does this mean as parents? I think this means that we should first strive to be the people that we would like our children to become. Our children look at WHO we are, not what we SAY. We need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
- You ask our children to not use bad language. Yet do you gossip, talk badly about people, or use bad language?
- You ask your girls to not wear their skirts so short. What about your appearance? Do you dress modestly?
- You tell your children to always do the right thing. What does it tell them when you do work under the table and not report it on your taxes?
- You ask them to respect their parents. Do you show respect to your own parents?
Pray that God show you how to be the parent they need. A great way to pray is to join a Moms In Prayer group. Your child's school may already have a group. You can find groups HERE. Not only are there school groups, but career and college groups and even groups especially for working moms. If you cannot find a group near you, you can easily begin a group.
The Moms In Prayer has guidelines for their meetings. Each meeting focuses on a different attribute of God. There are always suggested verses to read that focuses on this particular attribute. The order of prayer is then:
- Praise-Praising God for who He is.
- Confession-Silently confessing your sins.
- Thanksgiving-Thanking God for what He has done.
- Intercession-Praying for your children.
Notice how YOU first become right with God before we ask about our children.
Moms In Prayer also has emails that you can receive to keep you praying during the week. Monday's prayer is always to pray for yourself. You pray for yourself on Monday, then pray for your child, their friends, school and staff as the week goes on.
This was today's email:
To receive these emails yourself, register HERE.
I am not the perfect mom and I do not have perfect children. But I do know the power of prayer. Please pray!
And don't forget to give them hugs, be the parent, have dinner together as a family, and say goodnight to them.
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian.