Praying A.C.T.S. for Your Children
Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This week’s theme for me is prayer. (Or maybe it’s my life’s theme?!)
I remember when I was a college student and could go for long prayer walks and pray about every single little thing I could possibly think of…That seems so far away right now! Some days I’m lucky if I can string together two minutes of prayer.
But these days what I’m emphasizing in my own life is the call to pray constantly – while I’m mothering, cooking, cleaning, resting, falling asleep, and all the little in-between moments. I pray for my husband, my children, my family members, the members of my small group, my church leadership, this blog. I praise God and thank Him. I tell him what I’m worried about, what I’m excited about, what I’m feeling in the moment. I pray for His will to be done in my life.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.Romans 8:26
Sometimes I just pray: “God…” and that’s all I’ve got. Just like reaching out a hand to know He’s there. So He knows I’m there, relying on Him through this crazy life.
Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.Romans 12:12
When I was a kid, I remember my mom teaching me to pray through A.C.T.S., where A stood for “Adoration,” C for “Confession,” T for “Thanksgiving,” and S for “Supplication.” This style of praying just gives some structure to my prayers and loosely follows the outline Jesus gave to His disciples in Luke 11.
Here’s an example of how to pray ACTS for your children:
Praise God for creating your children. Take time to admire features and qualities about your kids that God formed in them.
Take a moment to consider the day or the week and think about what areas you might have sinned against God, your husband or your children. Tell them to God. Apologize to Him. Then praise Him and thank Him for covering you with His amazing grace. You could also take this opportunity to ask for forgiveness for your child’s current/future sins.
Thank God for giving you this child. This is an opportunity to thank God for obstacles you/your child have overcome, trials you’ve gotten through, ways you/your child have grown. You could thank God for the opportunity to teach your child about Him. You could thank Him for allowing us to have the Bible, the Church, the Holy Spirit to guide us through the mayhem of motherhood.
This is where you spend time asking God for things for your family. Supplication is eager, humble requests. You could ask for His protection, His help, and His wisdom. I usually end my prayers with asking God for guidance as Tyler and I raise our boys, that we can teach them about God and that one day they’ll be able to choose to follow Him.
Here’s some more of my favorite verses that prompt me to pray to God continually:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.Philippians 4:4-6
Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.Colossians 4:2
Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7
Mamas, I hope you’ll join me this week in covering our kiddos and our families in prayer. In all truth, this is the best way to fight against the chaos of this world. Click the PDF below for a free printable that you can use as a prayer prompt for your kids – post it on your mirror and pray for them as you put on your makeup or put it on your fridge and pray while you make meals or in your car to pray as you drive! Enjoy!
What’s one of your go-to prayers for your kids, yourself as a mom, or your husband?