I’ve prayed more prayers for my boys than I could even count. Sometimes it’s a simple prayer for my older son to focus during speech therapy, or for peace for my younger son’s heart when he’s in the middle of a meltdown. Other times they are prayers for wisdom as to which therapies to pursue, or if we should homeschool or go the public school route, or for good behavior and awesome results at an evaluation or a speech therapy intensive. Other times, they are heartfelt, desperate prayers, prayers for my child’s life during an emergency, prayers for healing, etc.
1) Prayer for speech:
First, I decided to look up verses that had to do with speaking and words, since both my boys were speech delayed, my oldest diagnosed with apraxia, a speech disorder that would require years of speech therapy to be able to talk. I found quite a few, but two of them stood out to me:
“How sweet your words taste to me, sweeter than honey.” Psalm 119:103
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11.
When I combined what the verses said about words, I found a prayer I pray daily for my children, “Oh God, bless my children with sweet apples of gold.”
It’s become my praise when I hear new words or phrases. “Oh, thank you Father for each new sweet apple of gold I heard today! May they be used for your glory!”
2) Prayer of surrender:
“My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Matthew 26:39
Oh, how hard this is to pray at times. Honestly, I don’t even know what I would do if/when God heals my children, I think I’d be so beyond overjoyed. But I would rather trust God’s plan in my life and Kiddo’s, then see Kiddo healed if it wasn’t God’s plan. And since God obviously keeps saying either no or wait regarding a miraculous healing I will continue to trust and continue to pray and continually surrender my desire for my childrens’ healing if it is not what would bring God the most glory.
I am confident of this though: they will be healed one day. I pray it is here on earth, but it may be in heaven, and in a way, I smile to think that the first thing my son may hear out of his right ear is our loving Father tell him, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” That’d be pretty awesome too. 🙂
3) Prayer for God’s glory:
I pray often that God would be glorified through our struggles. That my boys and Hubster and myself would grow into the men and woman He wants us to be. That we would have an amazing testimony through this struggle and God would get all the glory. That God’s glory would one day be revealed through this fiery trial.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
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Here’s to praying for our children and seeing God do mighty things in their lives!