A Mighty Prayer Warrior

Today’s Truth
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4 NIV).

Friend To Friend
Proverbs 31 introduces us to the mother whose children rise up and call her blessed. She is a “wife of noble character” (NIV), “an excellent wife” (NAS) and “a capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman.” (AMPLIFIED VERSION)   The actual Hebrew word for excellent or virtuous is chayil and is sometimes interpreted as “virtuous, boldly courageous, powerful, mighty warrior.”  The mother whose children rise up and call her blessed is a warrior who battles in prayer for the hearts, minds, and souls of her children. She prays a hedge of protection around them and stands in the gap when they don’t know how to pray for themselves. She meets the enemy head on, dressed in the armor of God with the sword of the spirit (the word of God) drawn and ready for action.  We may never know the many times that the enemy’s schemes against our children were thwarted by the power of our prayers.

As a mother, you may feel at times that your burden for your child seems more than you can bear.  Peter tells us to “cast all our cares upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). He cares for your children, too.  No matter how much you love your children, God loves them more.

In my Bible, I keep a 4 x 6 laminated card with prayers for Steven that is my defense against the enemy’s attack.  You, too, can pray that your children will:

Know Christ as Savior early in life. (Psalm 63:1, 2 Timothy 3:15)

Have a hatred for sin. (Psalm 97:10)

Be caught when guilty. (Psalm 119:71)

Be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional, and physical (John 17:15)

Have a responsible attitude in all their interpersonal relationships. (Daniel 6:3)

Respect those in authority over them. (Romans 13:1)

Desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong friends. (Proverbs 1:10-11)

Be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

Be kept pure until marriage (as well as the one they marry). (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

Learn to totally submit to God and actively resist Satan in all things. (James 4:7)

Be single-hearted, willing to be sold out to Jesus Christ. (Romans 12:1-2)

Be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them. (Hosea 2:6)

A mother wears many hats during the years of raising her children.  And while we take off those hats one-by-one as they grow and mature, there is one that will always remain – the hat of a mother who prays.

Let’s Pray
Dear God, thank You for the privilege of being a mom.  I agree with John who wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”   That is my prayer today…that my child will walk in Your truth.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

Now It’s Your Turn
Perhaps you have certain concerns or desires for your child.  If so, find a good concordance and look up Scriptural promises to pray.

Consider joining with another mother and becoming prayer partners for your children.  You can use the list from this devotion as a springboard for praying Scripture over your children.

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6 Responses to A Mighty Prayer Warrior

  1. Faith May 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Thank you so much for publishing this post..(and many others) I actually came over to your blog to comment on the “Girlfriends in God” post for today, the verbal U-turn. However, I see now that God wanted me to read both of these! You are a wonderful role model for all of us mothers. Please continue to share your heart!

  2. Becky May 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    I love your devotions! This one especially!! I printed out the prayers and verses and put them in my Bible so I’m continually reminded to pray these things over my little 6 year old. Thank you! Blessings on you and your ministry!

  3. Tegest June 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Thank you! i has a rough morning, My 2 year old son started a day care on Monday and it was difficult to walk away from the day care today, hearing him cry like that was hard for me. i prayed your prayer that I Nathan and Thomas will Be protected from the evil. i feel so much better.

    Thank YOU

  4. Chantelle June 25, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    I’ve heard this story before but never relised the depths of it. In history I’ve heard of how far women have come to be set free but never really thought about how jesus set me free as a women….as a person yes but as a women no. Thank you for helping me realise that!

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  6. Monique March 23, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    Thanx for your page praying for graduation has encouraged me to stand firmer

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