Monica and I have been praying for our two children since before they were born. As spiritual or saintly as that may sound, the truth is a lot of those prayers were quick and generic. (Thankfully God still listens to those kinds of prayers, too!) Over time, we came across resources to help parents pray various specific things for their children over the course of a month. Each had parts we liked so we decided to custom make our own prayer calendar with our favorite pieces from the ones we had found.
Every day has a different prayer request ranging from their walk with Christ to their health to their relationships with others. There’s a bit of a pattern: Sundays tend to be about worship, Mondays about wise decision making, Tuesdays and Thursdays about growing in the fruit of the Spirit and other virtues, Saturdays about relationships, and Wednesdays and Fridays about a potpourri of things.
We laminated a copy and hung it up in our bathroom. Two decorative clothespins indicate the day we’re at (the photo below shows we’re on Wednesday in the third week). At breakfast each morning, we use that day’s idea in praying for and with our kids. Most are good prayer starters for Monica and I, too!
We have found it helpful. If you’re interested in hanging up your own somewhere in your house or maybe putting it in your Bible, I created one with a “clipart family” you can download here. Feel free to glue a photo of your kids over top of the graphic I found!
I’d love for you to leave a comment if you download it and plan to use it… Let me know what you think and maybe what you would add in your prayers for your children!