Praying for Your Children


Julie Garmon shares how she prays for her adult children.

For this child I prayed . . . . —1 Samuel 1:27 (kjv)

Years ago, Mother tried to tell me how fast my children would grow up. “When they’re grown, you’ll dream they’re young again,” she said. The thought was unsettling, but she was right. Now that Jamie, Katie, and Thomas are adults, I long to go back for a day or two to mother them. How could I show my love to them now? I was still their mama.

One day I found several notations in my Bible, certain verses I’d specifically prayed for each child when they were little. Back then, I wrote a prayer and a Scripture verse and tucked love notes in their lunch boxes. I’d prayed for everyday things like math tests, softball games, friendship problems, and cheerleading tryouts.

What if I started praying with the same intensity as I did when they were younger?

I wasn’t sure how my grown-up children would respond to my idea, but I bought three prayer journals—one pink, one yellow, and one blue. When I asked if I could pray about anything in particular, they shared prayer requests without hesitating. Katie wanted prayer at one o’clock the following day while she took an insurance test. Thomas needed prayer for his philosophy course. Jamie wanted to make a wise decision about buying her first home.

That night I found an amazing verse in my Bible: “For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). I texted the verse to them along with “I’m praying for you. I love you, Mom.”

Now, every week I text or e-mail them: “How can I pray for you?” They always have new prayer requests, and God provides just the right verses for their needs.

Father, what a joy to keep praying for my grown-up children! It never grows old. —Julie Garmon
Digging Deeper: Ps 127:3; Is 54:13; 1 Cor1:4

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