Father’s Day interview suggestion:
Will Davis Jr. helps fathers learn how to pray for their children and how to teach their children to pray
by Audra Jennings Thursday, June 17, 2010
Davis explains that there are two basic principles in effective pinpoint praying, and both are easy to master:
• Be specific. For example, everything in the Lord’s Prayer had focus and clarity. It’s as if Jesus aimed bows and arrows of intercession at the bull’s-eye of what he wanted and needed from God, and then he started shooting.
• Be biblical. Use the Bible to help formulate the wording of your prayers. Isaiah promised us that no word comes from God’s mouth will ever fail in its divine purpose (see Isaiah 55:11).
It makes sense to pray as much of the Bible back to God as you can—it’s the best prayer script ever written and it takes the guesswork out of prayer. Why spend time trying to figure out how to word your requests and needs to God when the Bible has already done it for you?
Parents have at least two important jobs when it comes to prayer. The first is praying for their children. Here are just a few examples of pinpoint prayers that parents can pray for their children:
• Lord, let my children trust in your unfailing love and rejoice in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)
• Please keep my family safe, O God, for in you we take refuge. (Psalm 16:1)
• Mighty God, please keep my children as the apple of your eye; hide them in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 17:8)
• For my son, I pray that you will train his hands for war. Teach him to fight with your spiritual weapons. (Psalm 18:34)
• Father, please instruct my children and teach them the way they should go. Counsel them and watch over them. (Psalm 32:8)
• Lord, when my children are afraid, teach them to trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
• Mighty lord, let my children trust in you at all times. Teach them to pour out their hearts to you in prayer. (Psalm 62:8)
• Lord God, as my kids contemplate your Word, teach them to outthink and out reason your enemies. (Psalm 119:98)
The other important thing for parents is teaching their children to pray.
Davis explains, “The best way a parent can teach pinpoint praying for a child is to model it. Yes, we should teach them the Bible, but the most effective teacher of prayer is prayer itself. Kids need to hear their parents praying—for them, for provision, for protection, etc. If a kid goes to sleep each night having just been prayed over by his or her parents, that child will believe in prayer and know how to pray well. Regarding answers, parents should look for chances to ask things of God with their child and to teach them as He does or doesn’t respond in their desired timing. NO is as much an answer from God as YES. So we should pray about jobs, money, friends, school, college acceptance, athletics, etc., with our kids. Doing this will give us many opportunities to teach them about how God works.”
In addition to being the author of six books, Wake-Up Calls, Pray Big, Pray Big for Your Marriage, Pray Big for Your Child, Why Faith Makes Sense, and Faith Set Free, Will Davis Jr. frequently travels and speaks to audiences on the subject of prayer.
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Audra Jennings is Senior Media Specialist at The B & B Media Group. Since 1987, The B & B Media Group, Inc. has used its broadcasting, marketing and advertising experience to provide the specialized and strategic publicity necessary to achieve the public relations goals of each client. The Barnabas Agency, a division of The B & B Media Group, Inc., is a proven provider of exceptional public relations and personal management services for authors, speakers, ministries and organizations.
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