Today, I would like to encourage dads to give a gift to their children that keeps on giving.
It is the gift of prayer!
In my opinion, one of the greatest things we can do for our kids is to pray with and for them. Many dads ask me how to start. I usually direct them to Deuteronomy 6:5, 7.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
This Scripture reminds me that our faith journey is something that happens throughout the day and week not just on Sunday. Therefore, I would like to share great ways to pray with and for your kids:
- When you sit at home-A few times each week, we gather for family devotions which include a worship song, Scripture reading, and prayer. During these times, our children take turns praying through the CHAT acronym by James Nicodem. Confess sin, Honor God for who He is, Ask God for specific needs of our own or those around us, and Thank God for the blessings He has given.
- When you walk along the road-I am reminded throughout the day to pray. For me, this includes praying the armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-18, praying for purity, for each child to use their gifts for God’s glory and areas in their lives where they need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to think differently or make different choices.
- When you lie down-Previously on this blog, I shared my bedtime blessing routine. I love and value this time each day! I remind Mitchell, Mackenzie, Megan, and Molly who they are in Christ.
- When they get up—In our family rhythm, I do this as I drive my kids to school. I love this brief time of prayer in the car. This will include sharing specific prayer requests for the day, pray the fruit of the Spirit would be seen in their lives, and remind them that God is with them and for them, He loves them, and He never leaves them.
As you unwrap that present this Father’s Day, I hope you will be encouraged to share the gift of prayer with your kids.
How can you start sharing the gift of prayer with and for your kids?
Husband to Bethany
Dad of 1 boy, 3 girls
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Pastor of Children and Family at Hesston MB Church