As a new mom, I can remember looking down on my sleeping girl and wondering how in the world I would ever be able to know how to parent her. Just the thought of all she would face was equal parts terrifying and overwhelming.
I can remember rocking Casiday to sleep every night and singing “Sanctuary” over her. Do you remember that song …
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary, for you.
I’d sing those words over her, a prayer for her life.
Over time, I began praying the Scripture passages I was reading … familiar ones like Philippians 4:8-9 and some that might be lesser known like Obadiah 1:3.
As I continued to pray Scripture for her, I began to learn how important that practice is.
3 Reasons to Pray Scripture for Your Daughter
I’ve said before that prayer doesn’t come naturally or easily for me. I’m much more of a study kind of girl. But as I continued to pray through the Bible passages I was studying I realized how vital it is for us, as moms and as believers.
Here are a few reasons to pray Scripture for your daughter:
Praying Scripture offers us a foundation for our prayers, aligning them with the revealed heart and purposes of God.
Because the Bible is God’s written revelation of himself, when we use it as a guide for our prayers, we pray with a solid foundation. As we learn of God’s character, purpose, and plan, we pray for our girls to live in the fullness of life he offers them. Praying Scripture helps us align our prayers with God’s purpose.
Praying Scripture helps us submit our own desires for our daughters to the far greater desires the Lord has for them.
I don’t know about you, but I have had some big plans for my girl! And I can get rather frustrated when those desires don’t come to fruition. Praying Scripture has been a powerful discipline for me as I have learned to submit my plans for Casiday to God’s plan for her. It seems like that should be easy, right? But it’s hard! It’s very hard to let go of all my hopes and dreams for her life and trust in the unseen and unknown God has for her. Using the Bible as a guide for my prayers has been vital in that submission process.
Praying Scripture guides us to pray over areas we may otherwise not consider or recognize.
I’ve written over 800 Scripture-based prayers since Prayers for Girls began in October 2015. Y’all, that’s a lot of Scripture, right? But since there are over 31,000 verses in the Bible, I’ve barely scratched the surface. Praying Scripture has opened my eyes to many places to pray for my daughter. Since I am continually learning and studying more of God’s Word, I am also constantly discovering new areas where I can pray for my daughter (and for myself!).
Praying Scripture has been a game-changer for me as a mom.
And I think it can be for you as well. That’s part of why I’m so excited about Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most. With 200 Scripture-based prayers covering 5 key areas of our daughters’ lives, I believe this book can become a tool for you to learn how to pray Scripture as well.
Because this message is so important to me, writing this book was an opportunity to encourage and equip other moms as they sought how to pray with boldness and confidence. I truly believe this practice of praying Scripture can be a game-changer for you too!
Y’all, I am so excited about this book! Not because I wrote it (though that is pretty fun!) but, most of all, because I cannot even imagine what God will do with a generation of girls whose moms (and grandmothers and aunts and teachers and coaches and friends) have committed to praying God’s Word over them with boldness and confidence.
Don’t you think??
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