If I have ever doubted myself in anything; it is being a parent. Being a parent is THE hardest job ever. At times, a job I have taken for granted. I constantly questioned myself. Have I disciplined them enough? Have I loved them enough? Have I spent enough time with them? Have I made a difference in their lives? Have I ruined them? Do I listen? Am I a good mom? There are times my kids drive me crazy. There are times when I don’t even like them. What was I thinking, Lord? Then, there are times when I just want more time with them. I haven’t always made the right choices but I trust that God stands in the gap for my imperfections. There is power in prayer and I know God has honored my prayers as a parent. Here are 10 scriptures to confess to get you through the good, the bad and the ugly of parenting.
- Psalms 145:4 (GNT) – what you have done will be praised one generation to the next; they will proclaim your mighty acts. We need to trust that God has His hand over all our future generations. I am the third generation Christian in my family and have past that on to my children. Will my children do everything, right? Probably not but I believe that all generational curses have stopped with me. We need to pray and plant seed for our future generations; that they will see the mighty works of the Lord.
- Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) – For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Our children have a plan and purpose even if we didn’t plan them, God did. Pray this scripture over your child daily that they have a great future ahead of them; they are children of the King; called to do great things.
- Nehemiah 2:8 (AMP) – And the King granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. We need to confess that God’s hand is over our children’s lives and will He protect them.
- Psalms 37:23 (AMP) – the steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord. Pray that the Lord is guiding and directing our children steps. He will lead them down the right path.
- Psalms 127:3 (GNT) – Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing. We need to treat our children like the blessing that they are. They are not a curse!
- Isaiah 54:13 (AMPC) – and all your [spiritual] children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children. We need to claim obedience and peace in our children. Call what you want them to be, not what you see. They are disciples taught by the Lord.
- Matthew 9:38 (CEB) – Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest. Pray for the harvest, that the Lord will send good Godly people into your children’s lives.
- Colossians 2:2 (MSG) – I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. Yes, we want our children to walk in Your love. We want them to know everything about You. We want them to keep their focus on You.
- Psalms 35: 27 (AMP) – “Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. We thank the Lord that our children will prosper, everything they put their hand to will succeed.
- 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV) – Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ. We need to claim victory in our children’s lives. They will go through things and have choices to make, so we need to trust that God will be in control and take care of them.
Father, we thank you for our children and the blessing they truly are. Help us to recognize they are a gift, not a curse. It’s hard being a parent and trying to do everything right. Please stand in the gap for our imperfections. Let Your word and love guide our children. Protect them, teach them and send godly influences into their lives. We pray that our children will live a victorious and prosperous life. Our children will always proclaim, Your, mighty works. Give us, parents, the wisdom and strength to make it through the good, the bad and the ugly.