Spending time with my kids is always a highlight of my day, especially when I have one on one time with them. Today I focused on Elijah. It’s fun to engage him in dialogue because he is expressive and enjoys talking. Plus, he is my eldest so we can discuss things like “adults.”
After homeschool coop this morning, I took him to the American Eye Center in Shangrila Mall to see a pediatric ophthalmologist. (Thank you to everyone who gave me recommendations on Facebook!)
We chatted on the way, and he shared with me how his fasting week went. Last week, our church had a week-long prayer and fasting event which our family and kids participated in. Elijah chose to fast from gadgets, sweets, and snacking. According to him, avoiding gadgets liberated him from a secret addiction he was beginning to have.
He confessed that using computers and iPads to educate himself on how to program and do coding pulled him into a world that cut him off from reality. In his own words he said, “I knew it was becoming unhealthy for me to be on my devices but I made two excuses. The first was ‘dad is busy working so I don’t have anything fun to do.’ Second, ‘it’s not bad because I don’t play games.'”
He explained that participating in the fast allowed him to use his time in different ways — reading books again, playing with his siblings, praying for others, and having quality bible reading time. The first few days were challenging but as the week progressed, he felt like a bondage was broken. And to think that his experience with gadgets was more educational in nature!
Yet, he admitted to me that there’s something about computers that entices him so much he can think of little else when his usage of them increases. As an older child, I check on him once in a while but I also know he has to come to his own conclusions about computers. Thankfully, the fast afforded him perspective. He was able to think objectively about being on gadgets. He even said, “My brain was releasing serotonin every time I got on a device!”
I laughed when he said this but I can believe it. Our brain naturally does this whenever we derive pleasure and joy from any experience. For my son, Elijah, it happens to be his interest in technology. He is deeply fascinated by the world of computers which can be a good thing. But I praise God for speaking to him about its potential dangers, too. He is not interested in gaming or Internet surfing or social media but he knows that the issue is about the time he dedicates to experimenting on computers. He likes learning about how computers work, how to jailbreak devices, build websites and apps…that sort of thing.
His proposal, therefore, is to avoid being on a computer or gadget as much as possible during the week. Originally, this was our house rule. But last year, during the latter months, I was more relaxed. The kids would use devices for educational purposes only. However, Elijah was susceptible and more vulnerable to gadget-addiction than my younger kids were. So this hidden struggle developed in his heart.
Thankfully, a big change has been Edric’s availability. Since he stopped his morning show on ANC, he has dedicated more quality moments to share with our sons — playing games, doing puzzles, and getting them outdoors. Elijah told me this made a significant difference in subduing his desire to fiddle with gadgets. (The presence of a father does wonders!)
Elijah will be 13 next month and I have been praying that He will develop positive habits and use his time wisely. I do believe that fasting week made Elijah more concerned and aware of his spiritual struggles. But his revelation also affirmed the need to keep praying for my kids.
Our greatest work, as parents, is on our knees, interceding for our kids. Someone once told me that parenting must be done on our knees. It’s so true! The battle for our children’s hearts is a spiritual one.
I spend a lot of my time with my kids because they are homeschooled. Edric and I are intentional about disciplining, training, and teaching our kids. Yet all these efforts will fall short if we do not beseech God for his enabling and wisdom, if we do not pray for our children’s protection and for God’s love to grow in their hearts so that it transforms them from within. Therefore the encouragement I received from my afternoon with Elijah was to pray for him and all my children. Only God can effectively bring to light the concealed parts of their hearts and convict them to choose attitudes, behaviors, perspectives, friends, habits, and activities that are good and pleasing to Him.
Here’s an example of how I pray for my kids (not including the specifics for each of them.) Feel free to personalize it and improve on it for your own kids:
“Lord, I pray for each of my kids to love you with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Help them to seek after you and desire to know you. Put in them a passion for your Word. Open their eyes to understand spiritual truth and shield them from the lies of the evil one. Let them develop God-honoring convictions about the friends they should choose, habits they should form, and the use of their time. Prepare their future spouses to be God-fearing and committed Christ-followers. Safeguard their innocence and purity. Keep them from unhealthy addictions. Instill in them Christ-like character and teach them to be spirit-filled. Make them bold and courageous for what is true and right. Give them a compassion for the lost. Let them love one another and look out for each other. Help them to love and respect us and to submit to authority. Let them know they are equally loved and special to us. Allow them to develop their gifts and talents for your glory. Equip them to be influencers and leaders who will make a difference for you in this world. Let their hearts be teachable and humble. Give them a love for learning. May our daughters be beautiful inside and out, and our sons handsome and masculine — men and women of stature. Bless them with musical and artistic talent, and let your favor be upon them. Make them mighty in spirit and wise. Protect them from Satan, his demons and evil spirits, malicious people, robbers, kidnappers, abusers, natural calamities, accidents, sicknesses, and sin. Do not let them fall away from you. Let them be faithful to you till the end of their days. May they live for you and glorify you with all that they are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
I want to keep praying for my kids this way and even more intentionally as they grow older. Each one of them, like Elijah, has their weaknesses, and these become more apparent as they mature. Sometimes it’s such a temptation to be anxious. However, when I start to feel worried, it is prayer that allays my fears. I remember WHO I am entrusting my children to. Let me end this with an amazing description of who God is. We can replace each “you” and “your” with the names of our kids:
“He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.”
20 thoughts on “Keep Praying for Your Kids”
Hi joy! Your prayer for your kids is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I will incorporate it to our nightly prayers. May the good Lord continue to bless and guide you! 🙂
You are very welcome!????
Such a timely reminder! Glory to God Ms. Joy for your life and your family. I am so blessed every time I read your blog! May our good Lord continue to bless you and your family so you could continue to bless others.
Praise God thank you! ????
Hi Joy, may I know the name of the eye doctor in American eye center? My son’s eye grades are high for his age. Thanks
Her name is Dr. Joanne Bolinao (pedia ophthalmologist)
Hi Ms. Joy,
I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, and I must say, I am really learning a lot. Your family is truly inspiring and I pray that our Lord Almighty continues to bless you all as you’ve been such a blessing to me personally and to a lot of people. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
Thank you so much. We always need prayer!!!
Thanks so much for this. I will pray this sample prayer with my husband. May God bless you and your family more.
God bless you too, Alicia!
Oops I meant, Alica! Not Alicia 🙂
Thank you for sharing. Your prayer for your kids covers everything a parent will wish for his/her child. May you continue to be a blessing to others. God bless.
God bless you too, Magel!
Just finished reading your book entitled” When a good allows rape”. I had many questions of why, then I stumbled on your book. It was a faith-awakening book, It helped me to realize Godly things that I have never thought to before. Thank you. Your book was an instrument of strengthening my faith. I looked for your page and saw this entry. I am a mother of two boys, eldest is 3 and youngest is 1, and I am so guilty of not having enough time for them. I gave all the responsibility to their yaya as I am busy with work.I am planning to send my eldest to school now , and I was also thinking about homeschooling them. But my worry is would I be an enough teacher for them, would I be patient enough. I wanted more time with them, but I am so busy. I am so inspired by you and Edric. An advice would really help. Thanks Joy! God bless you and your family.
Hi Ruth. I think the reality is no mom is patient enough or able enough to homeschool their children. But God is! And he supplies the grace and equipping, and the commitment to do so. Pray about it and start connecting with other moms online who are homeschooling. This will give you ideas on how doable it is :). There is also a Tma homeschool orientation given by Edric every month that may help give you perspective also. You can contact Gerry@tmahomeschool.org for more details 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing your prayer for your kids!
You are most welcome! 🙂
Beautiful prayer miss Joy! This reminds me to never cease praying for my 2 boys. Thank you for sharing and for inspiring me through your blog. I have been a reader for years now….God bless you and your family more and more!
Thank you Bev!:)