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Learning to Pray for my Son

Recently I read Mark Batterson’s Praying Circles around the Lives of Your Children. In the book, Batterson shares some personal stories of praying for his family, specifically each of his children. He shares some helpful suggestions of ways all parents, regardless of life stage the children are in, can pray for their kids.


The 7 prayer tools he suggests are:


·         Praying the promises of God

·         Making prayer lists

·         Creating prayer mantras

·         Praying a hedge of protection

·         Forming prayer circles

·         Praying through the bible

·         Passing on blessings

Batterson believes prayers function as prophesies. Praying parents have the opportunity and privilege of scripting the future of their children with their prayers. I find this absolutely incredible. And weighty. And exciting. And daunting. And even more exciting.

I took away a few learning’s from the book that I’ve quickly adapted into my daily routine. For starters, Justice wakes every morning with a song of thanksgiving for the day that the Lord has made and we clap and say “yay” and rejoice in it together.


I work on the 15th floor of a high rise and often I will walk up. With each step, I sweat bullets sure, but more importantly, I am learning the discipline of staying focused and intentional with praying to God about Justice.


I started a prayer journal for him. I write down prayers to God about Justice. I don’t know when but one day, when he’s grown, I’ll give him that journal so that he can see and know God’s faithfulness in answering the prayers of his mama on his behalf.


I’m also having a board made for his room. I’ve identified a few words and a phrase that describe who I know God has created my son to be. I’ll hang it in his room and it will serve as a reminder to claim those words for his life and to pray them into being as he grows into the man God intends him to become.


And every night we pray together. He usually stares at me talking, likely wondering what it is I am saying and I pray out loud for Justice, for our family and for his future.


So I am thankful I picked up Batterson’s book. As I adore the babblings and ramblings of Justice day in and day out, I know God enjoys my babblings and ramblings over my son and my family. And He is faithful to bend His ear towards my hopes and dreams for my son.


I can’t think of a better future for my son than one in which He knows God’s faithfulness and he spends his whole life trusting and following His makers lead in all things.


I may wonder what my silly giggly wiggly little guy may become as an adult, but I’ll never wonder if God’s with him. In that, I am confident and humbled to join God’s script writing for my son through my prayers.


> “Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to Him in prayer, pleading for your children.” Lamentations 2:19


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