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Pray for Your Kids - Issue 281
January 04, 2013
Hi there! ....

Happy New Year to you all. I pray God’s blessing on you this year – may your life be richer for walking with Him. Over the last few weeks we’ve had friends over, I’ve read and scrapbooked, had fun times with the kids and generally just relaxed. We’ve started to work on our family project for a few hours each morning, which is to shift Joshua into a room of his own. He gets my office/hobby room and I move back into the office with Pete. Lots of declutting, downsizing and reorganising. The girls have been a great help. We hope to paint the room before Josh moves back in.

It has been raining – every couple of days which means it won’t be long before we can head off and enjoy a waterfall or swimming hole again. Last year we did better than the year before at getting out and about, but this year I want to do better again. A friend and I have decided to support each other in finding simple, quick and no fuss ways of getting out of the house – all year long, not just in the wet season when there is water around. This is one of my goals for the family.

You can see some New Year’s photos here on this blog post.

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Pray for Your Kids

At the beginning of each year I have a time where I pray for my kids, not that I’m not praying for them all year long, but I pray for a specific theme, word, concern, blessing for them. Many people do a ‘Word’ for themselves for the year – I myself have chosen ‘listen’ to think about this year. In a sense my praying at this time of the year for my kids, is much along these lines. God has been faithful and given me something to continue to pray about for each of my kids each year I have done this.

I often share this theme/topic/prayer with my kids on their birthday – it forms the foundation of my letter to them. In this letter I share my prayer, my hope, an encouragement, a Bible verse – this is so they can see my heart towards them.

If you were to do a Google search on “31 days to pray for my kids” you will find any number of different lists you can pray through for your kids, for each day of the month. This is another way to keep our kids before God. Family Matters has a 31 days challenge happening now which I am following this year. I intend to keep this list going throughout the year, repeating it each month. Just to help me stay focused.

Through the year our kids will face challenges, each of them will face different challenges than the other. This gives us another opportunity to pray for them individually. We often pray for wisdom for ourselves to deal with these situations; we pray for wisdom and clarity so we know what to say to our kids but I think we need to pray another type of prayer too. A prayer that prays for God to speak directly to our kid’s heart, that they may desire God’s wisdom and that they may listen. We need to be encouraging them as individuals in their own relationship with Jesus, in listening to and obeying His voice for themselves.

When we pray intentionally for our children it becomes automatic to pray with them as well. I have found this easier when my kids were little, as they grow older you tend to respect their privacy, but I’m not sure that this is the best way to go about it. We need to be praying with our kids as well – regardless of their ages. These days when the kids and I bow our heads, it isn’t a matter of me ‘leading’ them in prayer but rather, as two believers, as two people who both need God in our life we come to our Father together.

This is one of my prayers for my kids:
… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, [know] what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:16-19

Join me in praying for our kids, intentionally, every day.

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This e-book is based on a workshop I held for a couple of years to help families see that Christmas can be a significant tradition in our family life. If we are intentional about how our family celebrates we have the opportunity to use this time to teach our children about Jesus, and his love for each one of us.

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Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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