I have noticed that many moms pray often for their children, but they don’t always pray for themselves. And they need to. That’s because an important part of being a good mom is recognizing that you can’t do it well without God’s help. We moms need the Lord to enable us every day to produce the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Who doesn’t need every bit of that when raising children?
Who doesn’t need a closer walk with God so that you can partner with Him in prayer to positively affect each child’s life and be guided by Him in every decision and thought? It’s important that we moms pray for ourselves to become our best in order to help our children become their best.
I pray you will find this way of praying as valuable to you as I have, and you will see, sense, and feel the increasing benefits to both you and your children.
Here are two prayers you can pray right now for the right ordering of life before God—one for you, and one for your child:
PRAYER FOR MOMS
Lord, help me put my life in right order.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. MATTHEW 6:33
Lord, I pray You would help me set my life in right order. I want to always put You first above all else in my life. Teach me how to love You with all my heart, mind, and soul. Show me when I am not doing that. Show me if I ever lift up my soul to an idol. My desire is to serve You and only You. Remind me to always seek You and Your kingdom first, above all else, because I know when I do, everything will fall into place and my life will be in right order and You will supply the things I need.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
PRAYER FOR CHILDREN
Teach my child to establish right priorities.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. ISAIAH 26:3
Lord, I know You are a God of order and peace. And when things get out of order in our lives, even as children, we lose our peace. I pray for (names of children) that You would help them to make You a priority in their lives. Help them to understand that when they seek You first before anything else, then You will put their life in order, supply all their needs, and give them peace. Teach each one how to focus their mind and heart on You and shut out all else that attempts to distract them away from You. Give them strength and discernment to recognize the voice of their enemy and refuse to listen to it.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Read more in The Power of a Praying Mom by Stormie Omartian.
Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author of the Power of a Praying® series. Her other books include Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On; Lead Me, Holy Spirit; Prayer Warrior; The Power of Praying® Through Fear, and Transforming Love. (More than 41 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.) Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 49 years. They are the parents of two married children and have two granddaughters. www.stormieomartian.com