What does “praying for your children” mean? For many of us, praying for our children is a constant and continual process. We pray that they marry the “right” person or make the “right” choices. We may be praying for their hearts to stay with or turn to the Lord…
There is an endless list of things that we, as parents, want for our children. Why then, when we know that we should be praying for our children, are many of our prayers left unanswered?
How Can I Get More Out of Prayer?
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”—John 15:7
What Jesus is telling us here is that we can come to God with any request and it will be granted. However, to do that, His words must abide in us.
Why? Because God’s Word unlocks so many secrets when it comes to prayer.
Let’s unpack some of those secrets… Doing so will enable God’s power and authority to be unleashed in your prayer life—for yourself, your family, your community, and your nation. When it comes to praying for these—especially for your children—you need to do so in the Courts of Heaven through intercessory prayer.
Four Practical Keys to Prayer…
1) Know the Father – Who is the God you are approaching?
“… that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will…”—Ephesians 1:4-5
Do you have a clear understanding of God and your relationship with Him? Confidence in God’s love and His pleasure in us is a must if we are going to come boldly before him in prayer. We need to be able to recognize and accept that we are adopted into God’s family. That adoption makes us His sons and daughters with whom He is pleased.
Remember, God knows our hearts and our doubts. If we are doubting His capabilities or our worthiness, it becomes clear that our faith is not intact. We first need to focus on our relationship with the Father and His promises to us. Then our requests may be answered according to His will.
Oftentimes, unanswered prayers can lead to spiritual growth, as it causes us to seek the Father more earnestly and fully—building ourselves up in our most holy faith (see Jude 20-21). Spiritual growth then leads to the answers we are seeking, for we are then not approaching God as someone in fear, doubt and unbelief.
Instead, you approach Him as a partner in a covenant relationship with common goals. God wants to answer our prayers and draw us near to Him and His kingdom in the process.
2) Be Prepared – Are you prepared to approach God?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”—Matthew 6:33
Have you asked yourself if your desires line up with God’s will? It is important to know what you are asking the Father for. Intentional and specific prayer shows God that you are invested in His kingdom purposes. This requires you to be thoughtful about the request.
Can the request be used in some way to bring glory to God or His kingdom? If so, then we can come to Him in confidence about what we desire. Rest assured that God is trustworthy and good.
There are many stories of mothers and fathers praying for their children in the Bible. Time and time again, God answers the cries of His sons and daughters on behalf of their children both born and unborn. God wants us to come before Him in prayer with confidence in His authority, power, and character.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”—1 John 5:14-15
3) Know your Position – From where are you approaching God?
Are you coming to God on His terms or yours? God gives us a great picture of how He wants us to come to Him. Many of us make the mistake of arguing our case in the battlefield of the mind.
All too often, our minds allow Satan’s power to infiltrate our thoughts. Rather, we need to present our case in the Courts of Heaven. This courtroom in the spiritual realm is where God’s righteous judgment prevails. Prayer needs to be civilized and constructive, whereas battlefields create chaos and destruction.
Be ready to defend your case, not because God needs clarification or an explanation, but because we often do. God the Father is deeply concerned and involved with every aspect of our lives. He wants us to come to Him with any and all requests.
We must get into the right mind-set mentally to approach God in the Courts of Heaven. Doing so can be of the utmost importance when it comes to getting our prayers answered. We need to begin by understanding that we are in a legal battle with an accuser.
Satan loves to create doubt and turbulence in our relationship with the Father. Only when we recognize this, are we able to gain a strong understanding of the legal practice that takes place in the heavenly realms.
4) Know the Savior – Are you calling on Jesus as your Intercessor?
“…Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.”—Isaiah 59:15-16
Are you interceding in prayer on behalf of your children? For all who claim victory in Jesus, He is our intercessor when it comes to prayer. We are worthy not by our own works or deeds, but by the righteousness of the Father Himself. Just as Jesus intercedes for us, we have the capability of intercessory prayer on behalf of our children. Again, through the works and blood of Jesus. God is looking for intercessory prayer warriors who are willing to pray for someone else’s need.
How Can I Evoke the Kingdom of God Through Prayer?
To step into the Courts of Heaven, we must change the way we are thinking about prayer. We need a strategy to defeat our adversary. Only then can we stand confidently before God as our Judge and jury.
If we gain a clear understanding of the judicial process in Heaven, we can petition for breakthrough in our lives and in the lives of our children. Our prayers can and will produce results!
How to Petition the Courts of Heaven on Behalf of Your Children:
Here is an example of a prayer that you can say right now for your children:
Father, I come to you boldly in the Courts of Your kingdom with my request. I approach your throne in the mighty name of Jesus who is my advocate. Lord I petition you for a breakthrough in my child’s life in the area concerning ______________. I know that You see this situation from every angle and that only You know what is needed for breakthrough. Father, I trust in Your sovereign power completely. I humbly ask for forgiveness for any doubt that I or my child may have that hinders this breakthrough. I ask for You to expose anything that I am harboring in my heart that will hold my child back from the blessings that you have in store for them. Father, I fully believe that you love my child and want to see us claim victory over this situation. I lay any and all sins at the foot of the cross and ask that the blood of Jesus be applied. I praise your Holy name and ask all these things in the name of Yeshua who is the author and finisher of my faith! Amen.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus says…
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”—Matthew 18:19-20
Would you like someone to come into agreement with you in prayer? If so, allow one of our intercessors to come alongside you to help unlock God’s blessings in the Courts of Heaven.