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Day 7: Praying Psalm 23 for our children

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The Lord is Hannah’s shepherd, she shall not want.
He makes Hannah lie down in green pastures,
He leads her beside quiet waters,
He restores her soul.
He guides Hannah in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though Hannah walks
through the valley of the shadow of death,
she will fear no evil,
for You are with her;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort her.
You prepare a table before Hannah
in the presence of her enemies.
You anoint her head with oil;
her cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow Hannah
all the days of her life,
and she will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
**I used Hannah’s name here just because it reads so much better than saying “my child” each time. :) Put in each of your children’s names and pray this beautiful Psalm over them. One of my favorites.
**To read the rest of the 31 Days of Prayer: for our kids, with our kids, click here.

Day 1: Prayer for & with our kids

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faithful in prayer

Hi and welcome to His Mercy is New!! If you are clicking over from Nester’s 31 Day Party, thank you for stopping by!! (Be sure to check out that Nester link, there are over 700 31 Day series to choose from!!) I hope we can learn together and become more intentional and faithful in our prayers for our children during these next 31 days!!

Praying for our children is such a big thing, isn’t it? Over the next 30 days I hope to share some of my favorite prayers, resources, scriptures and ideas concerning this topic. However, please don’t get the idea that I am an *expert* on this subject. That is so far from the truth!! I felt the Lord impressing this subject on my heart for this 31 day series specifically so that I could be more intentional and purposeful in my prayers for my children.

I have learned over the past few years, that praying Scripture has encouraged my heart and grown my relationship with the Lord probably more than any other single thing I have done in my spiritual walk.
I first heard Beth Moore talk about this in a study, but the book that I use now and has become a favorite of mine is called Praying the Scriptures for Your Children by Jodie Berndt. This book has stayed on my nightstand and in my “quiet time” basket ever since I first got it. And, truthfully, the idea is very simple. Take Scripture passages and put your child’s name into the verse and pray it for them!!
There is something about praying the very words of God over friends and loved ones. When I pray His Word, I have no doubt that I am praying in accordance to His Will. I don’t have to worry that my selfishness is creeping in…afterall, they are God’s Words.
So, I thought for this 31 day series, I would close each post with a different Scripture that I love to pray over my children. Some of them have come from the book I shared above, but some of them are just verses that I have read on my own and come to love as prayers for my family.
“I pray that {my child} would continue to live in Christ, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as she was taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7.
**Click here if you’d like to read the rest of my 31 Days series! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you will come back and visit again! And, if you have any suggestions, resources or ideas on how to grow in praying for our children, please leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
Day 17: Powerful Prayer for Every Family (another book on prayer)
Day 31: Just Pray!