Valentine’s Day is known as a day for expressing love and doing loving things for others. One of the most loving actions a parent can take is to pray for their children.
Bestselling author Stormie Omartian has written many books over the years. One of her books which is wonderful for parents and children is entitled “The Power of a Praying Parent.” You can find this book and others in her series at our local bookstores and online.
I wanted to share this prayer from her book to celebrate the Valentine’s love we have for our children every day.
I submit myself to You. I realize that parenting a child in the way You would have me to is beyond my human abilities. I know I need You to help me. I want to partner with You and partake of Your gifts of wisdom, discernment, revelation, and guidance. I also need Your strength and patience, along with a generous portion of Your love flowing through me. Teach me how to love the way You love. Where I need to be healed, delivered, changed, matured, or made whole, I invite You to do that in me. Help me to walk in righteousness and integrity before You. Teach me your ways, enable me to obey Your commandments and do only what is pleasing in Your sight. May the beauty of Your Spirit be so evident in me that I will be a godly role model. Give me the communication, teaching, and nurturing skills that I must have. Make me the parent You want me to be and teach me how to pray and truly intercede for the life of this child. Lord, You said in Your Word, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22). In Jesus’ name I ask that You will increase my faith to believe for all the things You’ve put on my heart to pray for concerning this child.”
The more we are mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared as parents, the more peaceful and beautiful family we will be creating for our children. So many things are going on in the world that try to keep our thoughts focused on the negative. This Valentine’s weekend, refocus your thought and have a loving and joyous time with your children and family.
I love this quote from Omartian "Being a perfect parent doesn't matter. Being a praying parent does."