Praying God’s Dream for Your Child
by David D. Ireland, PhD
If you are going to raise your children to pray, you must communicate to them over and over again: “God has a dream for you!” Remind them of the plans He expressed in Jeremiah 29:11: to prosper them and give them hope and a future. Whether they are young and innocent or have nicks and cuts to show their poor choices or their victimization, God still has a dream for them. That is a fact!
There are two things that must be done to see God’s dream realized for your child. First, pray God’s promises. Second, take courageous action in keeping with the will of God. Both are needed. One without the other will lead to disaster. Help your child to find a promise that fits his circumstance and then use it as a prayer guide.
Pray God’s promises
If your child is facing a financial problem that you can’t meet, a great promise is found in Philippians 4:19, which says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (niv).
Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish. —Jeremiah 33:3, amp
Some of God’s promises come to pass quickly while others may take a lifetime. Regardless of the gestation period, they are all worth waiting for.
Take Courageous Action
When you pray God’s promises you must also take courageous action. You cannot give in to the notion: “If God wants it to happen, it will happen. If it’s meant to be, it will be.” This kind of fatalistic thinking thwarts faith and real progress.
Your children are so important to God that He actually has a dream for their life and future. Your prayers, and theirs, must align with that dream. Discovering this dream takes time. But commit to having fun in the discovery process. Let’s review a few things.
- God’s dream for your child will naturally fit their gifts, skill set, and personality.
- There are two things you must do to realize God’s dream for your life and that of your children—pray God’s promises and take courageous action.
Establish a special moment this week to ask your child this question: “What do you think God’s dream is for your life?” After you talk, find a couple of main points in his answer that you can pray with him about. Then pray this prayer:
Loving God, I thank You because You have a dream for my child. I ask that You would give him wisdom and courage throughout his life to make the right decisions so that Your dream comes to pass. I ask You this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
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