“So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:11,Holman Christian Version
Praying scripture over your family is a powerful tool. God’s word will not return empty. Our spoken words contain the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). When we pray the Word of God, we are praying words of life!
A mentor taught me to pray Ephesians 1 over my husband. To give you an example, here a few verses with his name inserted:
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed Ben in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. 4 For He chose Ben in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight.” (Bold italics are mine.)Psalm 1 is a great passage to pray over your children.
“How happy is Dakota who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, Dakota’s delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and Dakota meditates on it day and night. Dakota is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever Dakota does prospers.” (Bold italics are mine.)
Not sure what to pray for your family? The word of God never returns empty. As you are reading your Bible, ask the Holy Spirit to give you specific scriptures to pray for your family. (And scriptures to declare over yourself, too!).
This is my prayer for you, my fellow mom who is in the trenches of motherhood with me: “May he equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” Hebrews 13:21
Author: Charity DeVries
Earlier this fall, my husband and I traveled to Utah for business. We were attending a team dinner party in the downtown area. At the end of the evening, we walked out of the house and saw a girl sitting on the opposite street corner. She was crying loudly while talking on a cell phone. While I only heard bits of what she was saying, I heard the word suicide more than once. I couldn’t walk away. I ran back inside the house and grabbed one of my friends, and we went over to see if she needed help.
She was very intoxicated and based on her overall appearance, she was a hurting young lady. My friend and I asked her if we could help and though she declined our offer for physical help (help was on the way from the friend she had phoned), she accepted our offer of prayer.
We prayed the love of God over her, and she wept and clung to my friend and I. We waited with her until her ride came.
I will never forget that night. As my husband and I drove away, I began to wonder about her. Did she having a praying momma who had been interceding for her? Maybe at the moment I saw her, a grandma or grandpa was asking God to send people into her life.
I most likely will never know the end of this story until I get to heaven, but I’ve heard enough stories with striking similarities to know that night was a divine appointment for all of us.
Fellow mom, who are you praying for? An unsaved spouse? A parent or sibling? God hears, and God sees. He is working right now in answering your prayers for that person.
Father, I thank you that you know where (insert name of loved one here) is right now. I thank you that even at this moment, you are working to bring ___________ back to you. God, I ask that you send people into his/her path to speak to him/her about how much you love them. I ask for their salvation.
Author: Charity DeVries
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape our worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.” Philippians 4:6-7
I love this phrase in Philippians “instead of worrying, pray.”
I used to allow my thoughts to become a run-away train. One worry would lead to another and before I knew it, I would have worked myself into frenzy over something.
I would have a disagreement with my husband and fear and worry would creep into my thoughts. Then, “what ifs” would steal my peace, and worry would settle down in my heart.
God gives us a great antidote for worry; He gives us prayer.
When life throws us curve balls, when the diagnosis isn’t what we wanted to hear, when the circumstances are out of our control, we can pray.
When we pray, our focus begins to shift from the situation or circumstance, onto our Father God. We begin to put our eyes on Him.
There is a great exchange that occurs when we begin to pray and place our focus on Him. God exchanges our worry for peace. I love the way The Message says, “A sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.”
I think of telling my four year old to settle down: “Settle down, it’s okay, it’s not the end of the world.”
I have a larger perspective on life than my four year old, since I have 30 some years more life experience than she does.
Can you image the perspective God has? He knows the beginning to the end of the universe; He sees the bigger picture. When we pray, He will settle us down. Like the crying baby you bounce and shush, He holds you close to His heart and desires to bring peace to the chaos. And all you have to do pray.
Prayer: Father I thank you that you know beginning from end, that you are all powerful, and that you desire that I walk in peace. Today I bring to you the things that are heavy on my heart, those things that are causing me worry and fear, and I am telling you about them. I thank you that you desire to give me peace. I accept your peace today as you envelop me in your arms.
Author: Charity DeVries
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.” 1 Timothy 2:1, The Message.
I like the part about praying every way you know how.
This tells me there isn’t a “right” way to pray. Sometimes the only way I’ve known how to pray is a simple cry, ”Jesus, help!” Sometimes I’ve prayed with my tears, sometimes with sighs, and sometimes with words.
There is something powerful about the prayers of a mother for her children.
One time as a teenager, I was driving home late at night with my younger sisters. We drove into a terrible storm. At one point there was a flash of lightning so bright it completely blinded me, and I nearly ran off the side of the road .
After we arrived home, we found my mom awake, sitting in her rocker. She usually didn’t wait up for up for us (although I’m sure she stayed awake in her bed), so when we came in and saw her, we were slightly surprised. She asked my sisters and me if we were okay. “Of course,” we answered. She explained that about 20 minutes prior she had felt compelled to get up and pray for us. That would have been at the exact moment of the lightning strike. I know that her prayers kept us from danger that night.
Momma, your prayers over and for your children are powerful!
Keep pressing in on behalf of your children.
Prayer: Father, I thank you that you hear every prayer I pray,even when those prayers are tears, whispers, or groanings of my heart.. I thank you for your protection over my children and for always beingwith them. You love them even more that I do; I know there is no safer place for them to be than in Your hands.
Author: Charity DeVries
The phrase “prayer changes things” can seem cliché if you have been part of a church body for a length of time.
“All we can do now, is pray.”
It can make one feel as if she were powerless, and as if prayer were a last resort
My dear fellow mom, your prayers are anything but powerless! Your prayers are jammed packed full of power to affect change in the lives of those around you.
Praying over our children and spouses can be like planting a garden.
This spring when we planted our garden, some seeds sprouted and grew sooner than others. When I plant potatoes, I can’t expect to eat potatoes for dinner the same day that I planted them.
Winter is a great example of planting prayer seeds.
In the winter, the leaves fall off the trees and things look brown, bleak, and dead. There are few signs of life in the trees, grasses, and landscape. It’s a cold, seemingly dead picture.
However, there is something significant happening under the surface of the earth. The soil is regenerating: important composting materials are breaking down into nutrients the earth needs.
More importantly, what looks to be a bleak, dead situation on the surface, is teeming with life and change under the ground.
Then spring comes, and you start to see the results of what has been happening all winter long. You begin to see new life sprouting; life that had been rooting itself under the surface for months and months.
Things are happening in a realm that we cannot see…and just because we do not see immediate results, it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.
What situation is looking bleak in your life right now?
A marriage? A relationship? A prodigal child?
My friend, plant the seeds of fervent and effectual prayers.
The Bible tells us in James 5:16 that our prayers WILL accomplish much. I like the way the Message says it:“The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” Galatians 6:9 also tells us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
We WILL reap a harvest; not we MIGHT reap a harvest.
Your prayers (sometimes even tears can be prayers!) are going forth to accomplish great things. Don’t give up when don’t see an answer on the surface.
In the recesses of hearts, deep under the surface, in the hidden places, the Holy Spirit is at work. He is moving, even when on the surface it looks like winter. Don’t give up! Spring will come.
Father, I thank you that you are working even when I don’t see it on the surface. Help me to not give up on praying for those whom you have entrusted to my care. Give me your words to speak over them. I thank you that you are a God who can do all things.
Author: Charity DeVries