This is day three of preparing our hearts for the upcoming 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge. We’re studying the first three chapters of Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most. If you missed day one, click here. Day two, click here. As you read today, ask the Lord to reveal His heart for your sons, and prepare yours to begin praying tomorrow!
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Just the sound of the word stirs up emotion. If you are in this place now, either spiritually or physically as a parent, you probably never intended for life to be this way. I know I didn’t. My husband and I eagerly welcomed all three of our children into the world as huge blessings from God, but I knew how proud he especially was to have two sons. Sons…to carry on his family name, to coach in sports, camp out with, and to train to be mighty warriors for Jesus.
Then, life happened… and it was full of grief and pain. The Lord took my husband home to be with him in February of 2013. And I was left staring at these little boys with big brown eyes and sweet, but energetic spirits, wondering the same thing I did when they were handed to me after they were born. How am I going to raise boys? Only this time, I felt even more clueless, with their father no longer there to guide me through the world of boys.
Truth is, even though we may feel like we are walking alone in this parenting journey, we really aren’t. Our Heavenly Father is always here to guide, comfort, and be strong in our weakness. He has promised to supply all of our needs. So where does that lead us as we approach Him in prayer? For me, it’s done three things.
- Intentionality – My prayers are more intentional. I have friends who say they are praying for my children regularly, but I don’t usually hear those prayers. When I feel like I’m the main one crying out to God for the hearts of my children, I don’t waste time praying for things that don’t really matter. I go right to the matters of greatest importance, asking Him for wisdom for myself and hearts in them that desire to obey Him and love others.
- Humility – I’ve become more humble with my prayers. I am well aware of my own capabilities and know that this job exceeds them. I just can’t do it all. But it is not about me. My current state in life forces me to fall on my face, fully reliant on my Savior.
- Opportunity - Because of that forced humility, I dream bigger. I am reminded of the miracles that God performed in the Bible, and am expectant for Him to still do miracles today in my children’s hearts. I trust that the story He is writing is greater and grander than I can see, and I pray big for them and their futures.
When the One who holds all of the riches in glory is the Creator and Sustainer in our families, we really never have to go at it alone. Trust Him, dear mama. He’s got this.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
If you are in the fight to raise godly sons alone right now, or know someone who is, in what ways have you seen God work already?
In what ways can you be praying bigger?
Christy Davis is a mom of three precious children and loves coffee, good books and craft time. She writes at What Hope Looks Like from Here, a blog she prays will bring hope to women.
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