Guide Me to Intentional Prayer for My Children

“God, guide me in how to better pray for my children.”

A direct answer to this prayer came the next day. I lead worship during the summer for a boat ministry in Alaska. Each Sunday morning the boat goes out to Prince William Sound and we hold a worship service. That day, through a divine appointment, a tourist on the boat shared Moms in Prayer with me and gave me a Booklet. When school began, I joined a Moms in Prayer group in Valdez.

This was the summer of 2015 when God began tugging on my heart strings to pray more intentionally for my children. Is He doing the same with you?

Through Moms in Prayer, I’ve learned how to pray more effectively by using the four steps of prayer; praise, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession. It has blessed my husband, Mark, and our two teenage girls, Elaina and Sarah.

God is answering prayers for our children & schools!
  • My daughter struggles with anxiety. We’ve been praying for her and for God to break through in this area of her life. We often use 2 Timothy 1:7, asking God to remind her that she was not given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound judgment. I have seen a lot of growth in her in this area over the past year.”—praying mom in Valdez
  • A girl at our school in Anchorage was being bullied pretty seriously. Any time her mother would talk to the mother of the girl doing the bullying, she would ignore it or make excuses. In our weekly Moms in Prayer group, we prayed for the girl, thinking she may have something troubling her to treat someone this way. After some time, the girl who was bullying seemed to have a moment of clarity and wrote a sincere letter of apology! This was a wonderful answer to prayer for a situation that had been causing this family much anguish. Praise God!”—praying mom in Anchorage
  • A homeschool mom in the Fairbanks area prayed boldly at the beginning of the school year that God would grow her Moms in Prayer group. Little did she know how much God would move in answer to her prayer. Six ladies consistently attended this past school year and sometimes up to nine. Every spot at her dining room table was filled with praying moms.
A Prayer For You From a Moms in Prayer Leader

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

Lord, as we pray for each other’s children, may we be patient to see Your answer. May we be kind as we consider their struggles and triumphs. May we not envy when prayers are answered, but instead rejoice; may we boast in Christ for those answers, knowing that You alone are our source of strength. Lord, we honor group members by keeping what’s prayed in the group confidential. If we are self-seeking, may it be for God’s guidance in parenting. If we are angry, may it be because of the evils that come against our children. The records we keep are of prayers answered, of God’s work done in our children. May we rejoice that God provides us truth from His Word to pray over our dear ones. As mothers, may we protect our children, and trust and hope in God’s promises. As Moms in Prayer members, may we persevere in prayer.
—Celia Koelsch, Moms in Prayer Alaska team.

Join us to pray more intentionally for your children & their schools!

Jennifer Hanson is the Moms in Prayer Alaska State Coordinator. She is married to Mark and they have two teenage daughters, Elaina and Sarah. Contact Jennifer:

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