A MOUNTAIN OF PRAYERS

The prayer of the feeblest saint on earth who lives in the spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan.  The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer.  No wonder Satan tries to keep our minds fussy in active work till we cannot think in prayer. Oswald Chambers

As a mom and a counselor I wholeheartedly believe that the best parents and mentors of teens do two things very well.  They love their teens unconditionally and they pray for them continuously.   Both of these beautifully reflect Christ to our kids and have an immeasurable impact on who they become.

Over the last year I have thirsted for a richer and more consistent prayer life.   I long to be more intentional and more focused in my daily prayers for my kids and the teenagers I counsel.  While there have been a number of books that have been very helpful in directing my prayers,  I found that when I put the book or the list aside,  I would often forget to pray as specifically and as regularly.

In an attempt to create a regular rhythm in my prayers for my kids, I created a visual in my mind to concentrate my prayers on one specific area each day of the week.   Since I was never very good at memorization, pneumonic devices and picture associations have always been necessary for me to remember things.  Those of you who are visual will really latch on to this.  Those of you who are not, may think this is way too complex!  Regardless, I hope this visual will help you understand the method a bit more.

Associating each week with a mountain that we climb and descend, I attach a day of the week to specific points along the ascent or descent.  The first three days of the week and the prayer focus connected with them, logically connect to the ascent up a mountain.   Wednesday is the summit or hump day and is associated with triumph.  The last three days of the week and their prayer focus naturally relate to the descent down a mountain and our kids’ independence on the other side.   As I move through my week I consider what day of the week it is and I find myself repeatedly praying for that one area in their life.  To help you connect each day with the right prayer focus, I have listed each day of the week below and in parenthesis I’ve written some of the reminders or connections I use to remind me of the emphasis for the day.

SUNDAY (Before the journey begins, Christ is foundational.): Pray for your kids’ COMMITMENT TO CHRIST, their walk with the Lord and their ability to remain steadfast in their relationship with Christ.  If they do not know Christ, I pray steadily for their salvation on this day.

MONDAY (The journey has just begun, time to put on your protective gear.):  There is an enemy who seeks to destroy our teens mentally, emotionally, relationally and of course, spiritually.  I pray for God’s PROTECTION over them in each of these areas.

TUESDAY (The climb is getting challenging so wisdom and discernment are needed.):  I pray for WISDOM and DISCERNMENT in friendships, in decision-making, in school, with finances, etc. I pray that they would look to God and the truth of His Word as they make decisions.

WEDNESDAY (They made it to the top! I picture a bold stance with hands in the air.): I pray for my kids’ BOLDNESS on Wednesday.  I long for them to be bold in their faith, bold in their proclamation of Jesus as their Lord, bold in their love, their words and their deeds.

THURSDAY (They are descending toward their own individual life on the other side.):  I pray that they would find their CALLING in life.  I pray that they would listen for God’s leading in this area and that they would trust Him even if this calling is challenging, unexpected, or undesirable.

FRIDAY (The trek is coming to end.  It’s time to celebrate and go out on a date!): On Fridays I pray for my child’s FUTURE SPOUSE.  I pray that my kids would be patient in this area, trust the Lord’s timing and choose a mate that is in love with the Lord.  I pray for their spouse, for his/her family and for their walk with the Lord.

SATURDAY (A day at the bottom might lead to bad decisions and/or temptations): On Saturdays I pray that my kids would be able to RESIST THE TEMPTATION that comes their way.  If they succumb to temptation, I pray they will get caught and that they will be drawn to a place of contrition or repentance quickly.

In James 5:16 God promises that “the effective and fervent prayers of a righteous man avail much”.   I am so grateful that the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray and guides our very words in our prayers.  I pray that He uses this tool in your life to help you become a more consistent, effective and fervent prayer warrior for the kids in your life.  Now, go and take some time to pray!  Today is Thursday…pray that they will hear and respond to His call in their life.

4 Responses

  1. Dear Jackie – I am passionate about prayer and I love these prayer focus points for our kids! Thank you for sharing from your experience so we can all benefit.

    Much love in Christ, Emily

    • JackiePerry says:

      Emily, thanks for reading my blog. God continues to grow me in this area of my life and am realizing more and more how critical it is that we become people of prayer.
      Blessings, Jackie

  2. Rachel Hammer says:

    Jackie, this is another great post! Thanks for sharing godly wisdom and advice. I will apply this prayer method for my nephews and cousins.

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