Session #7: Prayer in Homemaking - Gaining Vision, Finding Time, and Praying with our Children
Prayer is an essential key to our lives as Christian homemakers. But how often do we really spend in prayer each day? Katie shares some practical wisdom and advice on finding the time to pray and how to pray with your kids.
What is prayer?
- Prayer is communicating with God. A conversation between two people who love each other
Who can pray?
- Those who belong to Christ
- Prayers are based on relationship. If you do not belong to Christ and if you do not know God, then you are essentially praying to a false God.
- Those who come to God in the authority of the name of Jesus
- 1 Timothy 2:5 says that Jesus is the mediator between God and us.
- John 14:6 says that He is THE WAY to the Father.
- In John 14:14 Jesus says, “Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!” What an amazing promise!
- The power of prayer is when we pray with the authority of the name of Jesus –not magic words, but based on knowing Him and acknowledge that His name bears the power.
- Those who come to God with a clean heart
- Psalm 66:18, “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (NLT)
- If we are harboring sin, we must understand that God will not be mocked. Our prayers become powerless.
- Those who have a forgiving spirit
- Mark 11:25, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (NIV)
- No matter how great the wrong, God expects forgiveness to occur. If there’s unforgiveness in your heart, that is where you must start if you wish to grow your prayer life.
- Those who come in faith
- Matthew 21:22, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)
- We don’t create faith. It is given by God. We ask for faith. And along with that faith comes a deeper understand of God’s eternal picture.
How to pray?
Finding Time to Pray
Give yourself some grace and don’t live in guilt.
- Romans 8:1—“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”
- Each day is a new day. Move forward and prioritize time with God for that particular day.
Prepare for Bible study and prayer time before-hand
- Schedule Bible study with yourself like an appointment
- Place your Bible and journal in a place you find as peaceful and conducive for reading
- Make it an electronics-free area—No iPhones, iPads, computers, etc.—DON’T let Facebook steal this time from you.
Have an on-going list to keep in your Bible (or journal) of things and people you want to be praying for.
Place Bible verses in places around your house where you spend time throughout the day
- Such as over your kitchen sink, on the bathroom mirror, in the shower, by your desk at work, by your rocking chair, on your stroller
Give yourself a retreat
- Consider asking your husband to watch the kids every so often to allow you time to get away to a coffee shop or park to spend some especially revitalizing time in the Bible/prayer.
- It will benefit everyone for you to have a fresh touch from God.
In general, be proactive.
- Some time with God, reading the Bible and in prayer, is better than no time.
The Bible is our life—our daily bread. We will be better wives and moms for the time we spend praying, reading the Bible, meditating on it, memorizing it, listening to it and applying it to our lives. Faithfulness and obedience is a battle, but it is worth fighting.
Praying with Children
When to pray with your children
- When they are afraid
- This may be during a thunder storm or in the dark of their room.
- Use this as an opportunity to model taking fears to God, asking for His peace and protection, and trusting Him.
- When something good happens
- Pause with them to give God praise for the blessings He gives, no matter how big or small.
- When you are already praying internally
- I have caught myself many times praying silently in the presence of my children, perhaps when we’re driving on icy roads or when I’m desperately searching for a parking spot. When I notice myself doing this, I simply vocalize these prayers so my children can observe and participate, both in the asking and often in the miraculous receiving.
- When you sin
- This is especially effective if the sin is against your child in some way. Perhaps you’ve lost your temper or hurt them with your words inappropriately.
- Model humility and confession by asking their forgiveness and then praying with them for God’s forgiveness.
- When they sin
- At many points they will dishonor you by disobeying or act selfishly towards another child, for such is the condition of the human heart.
- When this happens, pull them out of the situation to talk to them. Delve into the heart of the matter with them and help them see their sinfulness. It is powerful to end by taking these sins to the Cross and asking God’s forgiveness together.
- When you are in need
- Perhaps you need your cell phone reception for an important call, or you need a job or money. Whatever your need, show your children how to bring your request before God and trust Him.
- That means no more anxiety for you, Mama!
- When there is sickness
- God is the Great Healer. It’s ok and right to ask Him to heal you, your children, or others when they’re sick or hurt.
- If you ask, you may just be surprised when He answers you.
- At bedtime
- This is a special time for us to model worshiping God, interceding for others, and praying blessings over our children.
- We call out good things that we see in the child and in thankfulness, ask God to continue developing and growing them in that area.
- We pray for wisdom as parents and for them to make good decisions and to love God.
- At mealtimes
- The food we eat has been provided by God. Teach them to acknowledge this.
- Just because
- Show your children the continuous, free-flowing nature of prayer. There doesn’t have to be a reason to talk to our Heavenly Father.
About Katie Bennett
Katie Bennett is a young, stay-at-home mom of three adorably-fun little ones, and she strives to live a life devoted to Jesus. She loves to write and focuses her energy on living simply and well. She blogs at Embracing a Simpler Life where she ponders things like eternal perspective, being a wife and mama for the glory of God, and simple, intentional living.
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