Ever find yourself wishing you had more time to pray for your children? Wish that you had a more systematic approach to praying for them rather than only reacting to current circumstances? A simple way to find more prayer time…
Fleeting Quiet Time
It seems that my quiet time is too frequently gone before I’ve had time to get to some of the intercession I want to do for my children. For a few years this has frustrated me- but I don’t want to give up my Bible reading or prayer journaling which I do before I turn to the “Intercession” section of my journal. The prayer journaling, however, tends to be prayers about whatever is going on in our lives right now. Yet, I also want to take the time to lay a foundation in prayer ahead of these situations, not to always be praying in response.
Inspired by my husband’s lengthy prayer “showers” I decided the shower might be a good opportunity to continue my quiet time and get in that intentional intercessory prayer for the kids.
“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room [King James says ‘closet’], close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matt. 6:6
The shower seems pretty close to a closet. And let’s face it; the shower is sometimes the only quiet place in the house!
In pursuit of this extra time, I laminated a copy of my prayer pages and hung them on the shower wall. I used some little suction cups but found that on our smooth, plastic-walled shower, I didn’t even need those. When moistened, the laminated pages easily cling to the wall. So now, while I’m suds-ing up my hair, I’m praying a virtue. While I’m rinsing out shampoo, I’m speaking verses of blessings for them. An added bonus is that my husband has joined me in praying the same things for our kids each day.
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” ~Matt. 18:20
Resources I Use
In case you are interested to know, I use two different things for these daily prayers for the kids right now. One is 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for your Kids by Bob Hostetler. I pray one of the 31 virtues each day of the month. Then, for years I have used some prayers out of a booklet called Prayer Portions for the Family. I also pray one of those each day of the month. In addition, I also personalize one for each child to pray during the entire year. I have used basically Sylvia Gunter’s list numbers to correlate with their age. I also type out a few of her Scripture references underneath as they spawn more prayers for me as the year goes on. So the virtues change daily, but the large prayer focus is the same throughout the year. I do the same thing for my god-children as well.
I have been SO BLESSED by the simple act of laminating these prayer pages for my children and hanging them up in my shower. Not only am I sowing through prayer these virtues into our children’s lives, but I believe the Lord uses these prayers to remind ME of the virtues I desire to see cultivated in them. I cannot tell you how many times I will realize during the day that the Lord is working on the VERY VIRTUE we were praying in the shower that morning. I might miss the opportunity to hone in on it and partner with the Holy Spirit had I not been praying.
I hope you can recapture and multi-purpose a few moments you didn’t even realize you had and spend it in fruitful prayer for your children! God bless you as you fulfill the Great Commission to “Go and make disciples…”- starting at HOME!
Special thank you to Bob Hostetler for graciously granting permission for the Virtues to be reformatted into the printable version.