By [email protected], Crosswalk.com
“You’ll understand when you become a parent,” they said.
They were SO right.
I surely didn’t expect it to happen the instant I became a mother, but it did. All it took was one little look at my firstborn’s sweet face for my heart to be flooded with appreciation and my head to be filled with understanding. I had never felt such awe, such gratitude, such fear, such love.
Who was I to steward such an amazing gift? I wanted to hop off that delivery table, grab my husband’s hand, and get on my knees and pray. “Lord, help us!”
That baby girl is a teenager now, and her little brother is a tween. The years have been full of prayers for them and pleas for wisdom in parenting.
God has truly been gracious in answering those pleas. He hasn’t just shown me how to pray for my children; He has also shown me who else to pray for. I pray for the people who have influence in their daily lives...their friends, their teachers, their coaches, and their youth leaders. But I also pray for the people who will have the most influence in their lives. Although nameless and faceless to me right now, I earnestly pray for their future spouses, because one day, they will be my children, too.
What if we joined together as a body and committed to pray for the most influential people of our children’s future? Here are three Scriptures and prayers that we can pray together:
Pray for them to develop a strong personal relationship with Jesus.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight. >Proverbs 3:5-6 CSB
Father, thank You for wooing me to Your heart, just as a husband woos his bride. I pray that my child’s spouse will sense your unconditional love for them and realize their need for You at a young age. Make them a person after Your own heart. Put people in their life who will share the good news of the Gospel with them and model for them what a life led by Christ looks like. Give them the desire to follow You and the courage to say yes to You all the days of their life. May their relationship with You grow stronger day-by-day. Help them to trust You wholeheartedly and to always put You first, even after marriage. Amen.
Pray for them to be able to resist temptation so they can stay pure for their spouse.
God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 CSB
Father, thank you for the intricate way you have knitted us together in our mother’s womb. You made every part of us with the ability to relate to You and to others. Help my child’s spouse to keep their entire self pure—their body, their mind, and their spirit—as a gift to my child in marriage. Put peers in their lives who value purity and will hold them accountable. Give them role models who are living a life that honors You and honors their spouse. Help them to learn how to rely on You to resist temptation. Show them the way out when it seems too hard to say no. Amen.
Pray for them to experience Your redeeming love.
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 CSB
Father, thank you for creating us with the capacity to love deeply. We know that relationships begin with the feeling of love, but we know that relationships only flourish by acting in love. You showed us the greatest act of love by sending Jesus to die for the our sins. I pray that my child’s spouse is experiencing Your great love at this very moment. Help them to receive Your redeeming love in a very personal way. Give them a heart that is full of love and ready and willing to forgive the mistakes that will happen their marriage. Show them what it looks like for love to win. Amen.
What a gift we can give to our children by praying for their spouse before we ever meet them. Share these prayers with your circle of friends, and let’s get on our knees together—as believers, as mothers, as mothers-in-law—covering our children in a blanket of prayer well before they say, “I do.” And why not go one step further? Let’s record our prayers in a beautiful journal and give it to our children as a gift on their wedding day.
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Publication date: June 22, 2017