Today, I’d like to introduce you to my fellow author Shelly Roark. In her guest post below, Shelly shares how we can pray over the children in our life whether that’s our little brother or sister or a child or grandchild:
5 Blessings To Pray Daily Over the Child in Your Life
This fall was the first time in a dozen years I haven’t driven a child to the first day of school. Wow. It was weird waving goodbye from the porch as they piled into my oldest daughter’s little car and putt-putted down the road. (I did, however, enjoy staying in my pajamas!)
It’s funny . . . no matter how young or old your child is or whether you wave from the house or the kindergarten door, your heart still feels a twinge when you say goodbye.
As a parent, you are programmed to protect and guide them. While your time spent with them changes as they grow, your instincts never really fade. One thing we can always do, no matter what their age, is pray blessings over them.
Spoken or prayed blessings are found throughout the Bible. One of the most popular is the blessing God told Moses and the priests to pray over the Israelites in Numbers 6:24-26:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
God actually said “say this” . . . hmmmm. If God thought speaking a blessing over someone was important, it must be a great idea, right?
You can look through the Bible and find lots of Scriptural blessings for joy, peace, love, direction and the list goes on. Substitute your child’s name into the verse or simply ask God to bless your child in different areas.
Here are five favorite blessings that I like to pray over my children. I don’t always quote the Scripture, but I do ask for these specific blessings for my babies daily:
“The Lord bless you and keep you” (Numbers 6:24).
Guidance and Discernment:
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9).
“. . . that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
“The Lord will open the heavens . . . to bless all the work of your hands” (Deuteronomy 28:12).
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19).
Shelly Roark’s debut picture book The Bubble Who Would Not POP! is scheduled for release later this month. Pre-order a copy for your little brother or sister, child or grandchild right now online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Learn more about Shelly here: Shelly’s website.