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Praying Over Your Children

05.09.21 | by Nancy Hannon

    Today is my youngest son Josh’s 25th birthday. It’s hard for me to believe how quickly time has passed. He lives in Kansas City right now, but is about to move to Cincinnati to begin working on his DMA (Doctorate of Musical Arts) in the fall. 

    I am super proud of both of my boys. My older son, Jake, graduated from OBU in 2014, now lives in Texas, and is an Assistant Plant Manager for Tyson.  But if you have raised children, you know that no matter how hard you try, there are things you wish you’d done better. And no matter how hard you try, you also cannot shield them from not only being hurt by others, but also from dealing with the consequences of their own mistakes.

    I am prone to worrying, and can really go down the “What If” rabbit hole if I’m not careful. That tendency was particularly exhausting during both the newborn and new-driver phases of their lives. So early on in our parenting journey, Michael and I began praying scripture over our boys. While it didn’t always make them sleep through the night or avoid a few fender-benders (and speeding tickets), it did help our hearts focus on Who was in control and Who loved our boys the most.

    So I thought that today, in honor of Josh’s birthday, I would share some of our favorite “pray-over-our-boys” scripture with you. And tonight, before you go to bed, maybe you might pray this over your own children (or feel free to pray them over mine). This mama will still take all the prayers I can get for my boys.

    For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.  (Colossians 1:9-12 NIV)