When it comes to kids, it’s normal to wonder what the future might hold for them. What will they grow up to be? Will they find happiness? Will they keep the faith?
Whether we are the parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or the neighbor next door, we hope we can have some sort of impact on their life.
But what if the impact we have on a child’s life isn’t limited to how we interact with them? What if it could be so much bigger than that?
The other day, I was working on my next book, a Christian fiction thriller, when I happened upon Scripture from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that deeply touched my heart:
“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 Lord’s holy people, 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)
Even now I can hardly read these words without tearing up, because they speak so perfectly to what I truly desire for the children in my life. So I have started to pray these verses for the kids I love, begging God for all the wonderful promises these words contain.
I begin by saying the names of the kids (or group of kids) I’m praying for. So, for example, when I’m praying for my own kids I start out, “Anthony and Cooper, I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…”
And because I know how deeply forgetful I can be, I have put these verses on a picture of the ocean and made it the background on my computer to help me remember.
You are free to use the picture I created too if you’d like. Right click on it and save it to your computer. Then print it and hang it up, or make it your computer background. It’s yours for free to use however you want.
My hope is that it will help you as much as it has helped me to remember to pray for the kids in our lives.
Because I don’t want to just impact these kids with my words, I want God to impact their lives through my prayers. How about you?