Inside: How can we keep our kids safe? What do we do when they leave the nest? Here are ideas about how to pray a strong prayer for protection for our children.
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When that new baby has been placed in your arms, a primal instinct becomes inactivated.
You will do anything and everything to keep that baby safe and protected.
We have these protective instincts that help us parent better.
The Story of the Octopus
Did you know that the octopus displays this in quite a unique way?
An octopus lays huge amounts of eggs (like in the hundreds and thousands).
As a result, this continual fanning action keeps them oxygenated and free from harmful bacteria.
Significantly, her job is to protect her babies and she goes without food to do it.
Then, once the eggs
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When your new baby was placed in your arms, this inner momma bear becomes activated.
As a result of love, we would give our very lives for this new addition to our life.
Indeed, it doesn’t cross our mind that our kids would be in danger because somehow we’d be there protecting them.
Our kids would remain safe and grow up and we’d die before they did.
However, we get to a moment somewhere along our parenting journey, when we realize that we can’t be there every single minute of our kids’ lives.
Markedly, it’s a scary and honest moment, where we understand that they do leave the nest.
Consequently, we realize our physical covering can’t happen every day. If you’re like me, it leaves a little bit of worry in the stomach.
We Can’t be a Covering Forever
It’s a pivotal point where our child’s life is beyond our control and the realization of it is disturbing.
On the whole, the truth is we live in a fallen world jam-packed with evil.
Even if we do everything right and try to live according to the details in the Bible, the humans that inhabit Earth have free will.
What this means is we’re constantly being threatened by evil.
In reality, we are
Hence, people will decide to do evil that will affect every one of us.
If you don’t believe me, turn on the news and witness the great amount of corruption.
God’s OverShielding Coverage
However, here are some points to remember:
- Even when we don’t understand the evil that befalls us or our loved ones, we can be sure that God is working for the good of those who love Him.
- God works in ways we can’t understand.
- He sees the whole picture whereas we only see and can reason with our human minds.
- God will bring justice and an ending to all pain.
- If evil surrounds us, God can give us peace and strength to endure and overcome all evil.
Moms, I know we want to protect at all costs. We become anxious and overwhelmed just trying to keep our babies safe.
For example: how many of us think we need to be the shield to give our kids security?
Releasing Our Kids to God’s Protection
Friend- releasing the reigns and allowing my kids to experience the good, the bad, and the ugly of life has been a struggle.
By and large, I find myself taking on the emotions of what they experience instead of trusting God to provide shelter for them (and me!)
While I can’t be with each of them every second of the day, the most powerful action we have as moms is to pray daily for a hedge of protection around our kids.
However, my initial thoughts were; this isn’t enough, but then I remember that I’m requesting the help of the Creator of the Universe and peace quieted my worry.
God’s Promise to Us
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
When we call upon God to shield and protect our kids, we know He will hear us because:
- God loves our kids more than we do.
- Each of our kids has a Godly purpose and plan for their lives.
- God knows what He’s doing (think about His track record versus ours).
- He has the best life planned for my kids.
4 Bible Verses About Protection
Given these points, if you’re still on the fence as to how praying for your kid’s protection can really make a difference, here are some Bible verses to inspire and encourage you.
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
3 But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.[a]
We Don’t Need to Be Afraid
6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the
Lordyour God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
A Prayer of Protection
First, when evil is threatening our kids, we want to follow the example of Jesus and tell Satan to go away. We rebuke Satan to leave our kids alone.
Second, praying in Jesus’ name demands power and evil is fearful of the power of Jesus.
Third, we can quote Scripture back to the evil threatening to overtake our kids. For example, I can claim the Scripture of James 4:7:
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
A Prayer for Protection for your Kids
Father- Thank you for being all-powerful and in control. Evil is threatening my child and I ask that you protect my child and send Satan on his way as Jesus did when Satan tried to threaten Him.
Father- help me and my child to always be full of joy. We know you are coming soon.
We don’t have to worry about anything; instead, we will pray about everything. We will tell you what we need and thank you for all you have done.
When we do this, we will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Your peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
If you’re looking for more resources:
The Power of a Praying ParentThe Power of Praying® for Your Adult ChildrenPraying the Scriptures for Your Children: Discover How to Pray God’s Purpose for Their LivesPraying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers: Discover How to Pray God’s Purpose for Their LivesPraying Circles around Your ChildrenThe One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids