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How do I pray for my kids?

Rozy McCormick is a friend who has raised children. They have gone through hard times, but her prayers have enabled them to thrive. Since she got wrecked for the ordinary, her prayers have changed. Here is a prayer she prays. It is the most profound prayer by a parent for their family I've ev…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Rozy McCormick is a friend who has raised children. They have gone through hard times, but her prayers have enabled them to thrive. Since she got wrecked for the ordinary, her prayers have changed. Here is a prayer she prays. It is the most profound prayer by a parent for their family I've ever read. I recommend you print it out, put it in your Bible, or on your fridge and pray it daily.

My prayers have changed so much through the years.  I’ve gone from – "bless them Lord" to "surround them with a hedge of thorns."

I don’t pray God keep them from pain, but that pain would always be used only as an instrument to drive them to God and never from Him.

I don’t pray that they wouldn’t know hardship but learn dependence from it.

I don’t pray for success that would allow their ego to grow bigger than their hearts.  I pray for them to be managers of favor and success for God’s glory.

I don’t pray that their marriages and relationship would be fully satisfying but I do pray that no relationship would ever be as sweet as the one they have with God.

I do pray that no comfort on earth would make them apathetic.

I pray that they would never be comfortable with sin in their lives.  I pray that they would suffer the thought of what an indulgent sin would cost their precious children and spouse.

I pray that their hearts would break when others suffer and they would be compelled to action on their behalf.

I pray that they would suffer God’s lost sheep as if it were their own child.

I don’t pray for bigger houses but for bigger hearts.

I don’t pray for bigger paychecks than their ability to steward.

I pray their character always be bigger than their gifts.

I pray that there is no duplicity in their lives and that if there is, God is his kindness would bring it to light, quickly.

I pray that they be good swimmers in the sea of God’s grace and not pity pit dwellers.

I pray for the ability to love them beyond my selfish need to see them comfortable and that I would lead a life they can follow without apology.

I pray that my husband and I love each other as a living example of how Christ’s loves the church.

I pray that we will continue on the journey towards Christ-like maturity and that no childish ways are found in us.

I pray that we leave them a legacy of prayer for the next generation.

May God's wisdom chase you, his pleasure find you and power carry you and his love keep you.
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Comments (15)

  • i pray before they go out to start there day, at night for their health and safety, for what God has given them, and for their spouses who keep them happy even though i don’t see some of them i pray for their safety, i give them in his care he is their father.

  • My daughter died February 7th from a drug overdose. I have my 27 with me to pray for. I cannot tell you how devastated I am. I prayed, lamented, and travailed for my 25 year old.

  • Sandy, my heart just sank through my stomach. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. May God be True to comfort you and your family as you mourn.

  • Rozy, can TJ and I be under this covering too when you pray?! pu pu pu pleeeeeease? I mean, I know I got my folks, but heaven knows TJ and I need all we can get.

    Thanks for your willingness to make the private go public.

  • Sandy – I can’t imagine your pain. We will be praying for you and your family. Let us know how we can pray more specifically.

  • Dear Jenn, Thank you. It is the worst time I ever had in my life and I have had some doozies. Well this is unbearable without Jesus.

  • Dear Jenn, Thank you. It is the worst time I ever had in my life and I have had some doozies. Well this is unbearable without Jesus.

  • Dear Seth,

    When I saw the title of this I recalled the hours of anguish I spent praying for my daughter (both) and to get a call at 7 a.m. from my Sarah panicking and telling me in a screaming voice she thinks Angela is dead in her bath room will NEVER leave my memory, nor will having saw her and stood by her rubbing her hair after she died . My Sarah is traumatized and needs lots of prayer more than even me.

  • Sandy,

    I can’t imagine the horror of it. I’ll pray for you and for Sarah and I pray for our other readers will join me. If you’d like, I can post over on Wrecked and get the readers to pray as well.

  • I wish you would. The horror of this is more than I can bear. I know my 27 year old is suffering worse than I, for she found her. She is traumatized and needs a lot of intercession. She sat with my pastor last night for 2 hours and talked. That was a positive.

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