Our leaders often hear from parents who have used the prayer covenant resources to minister to their children. Today is one of those stories. I trust it will bless you.
Passage from Philippians
Philippians 4:6 and 7 is a passage I have often shared with children and youth. It reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Our children’s hearts and minds are comforted and sheltered in Jesus when they pray. This story comes from a mom in the Dominican Republic.
My name is Isabel Del Rosario. I have no doubt that the instruction of children radically affects their attitude towards God. When my oldest daughter began her final school year, she got involved in school activities and commitments and neglected her spiritual life.
One morning I woke up and upon seeing her I noticed she was crying. She shared that she had not been able to fall asleep and she felt a lot of pressure from all the school commitments. I invited her to pray. We thanked God for healing her and bringing his peace. She then made a commitment to invite her classmates to meet together in a Bible study to go through the ten themes of the prayer covenant. Praise God no more sleepless nights and she begins each and every day with the Prayer covenant and is enjoying praying with and for her friends.
Prayer is Power
Prayer is power. Prayer is peace. Prayer is bringing our burdens to the feet of Jesus. Our children are faced with many challenges. They are involved in multiple activities. The pressures begin mounting in high school as they prepare for college applications and entrance exams. It is so easy for spiritual disciplines to take a back seat when in all truth if that became their priority, all else would fall into place.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs, commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and he will bring it to pass. This is why it is so important to begin teaching our children to pray when they are young—to develop this spiritual discipline, so in the challenging times, and there will be many, they will run first to Jesus.