When I Don’t Know What To Pray For Them

When I Don’t Know What To Pray For Them

By Shelly Schutte

Sometimes I just don’t know what to pray for them…

I know God wants me to talk to Him about my family. But all to often my prayers fall flat.
It ends up…
“God please be with my husband at work today and help him have a good day.”
“Please be with my kids and help us have a good day.”
“Please keep them all healthy and safe today.”

Have you been there too? Wanting your prayers to speak specifically to the needs of your husband and children, yet not knowing what to pray.

Here is a prayer tool you can tuck in your Bible that will guide you in praying for your family each day. It’s called “Lord I Lift up my Husband and Child to You.” It was adapted from two books by Stormie Omartian called Power of a Praying Wife and Power of a Praying Parent. The chart lists 31 spiritual and character qualities to pray for your your husband and children each day of the month.

I have this chart tucked in my Bible and when I find my time alone to pray, I use this as a guide. Often I pray for the quality for the day of the month but there have been other times when I’ve been led to pray in another specific area.
I’m amazed how that very day, I’ll be given moments I can teach and guide my children in the very thing I prayed for them that morning. I’m thankful that this tool has given depth to the prayers I now pray for my family.

I was first given this chart at my baby shower for my first daughter. My godly friend told me to tuck it in my Bible and use it as I prayed for my family. That afternoon we gathered in prayer and prayed these qualities for our daughter yet to be born!

This is just a chart — a tool. It is Jesus who answers prayer. He tells us in Matthew 7:7 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)]
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

So keep on praying for your husband and children. Jesus is at work in your prayers and he is bringing about the good He has in store for them!

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