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As parents, there’s probably nothing that we pray more for than our kids. This is true before they’re born, and when they’re little, and when they’re growing up. But what about once they become adults? My oldest daughter just turned 20, so, strange as it is to me, I’m now becoming the mom of adult kids. And in that capacity, I now know how true it is that we never want to stop praying for our “kids” — even if they’re no longer children.
Author Stormie Omartian has written several books about prayer. In her book The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children, she covers this very topic. She mentions a friend asking her if having adult kids was a life sentence, and she answered that it only felt like she was doing hard time when she wasn’t praying. When she was praying, she viewed it more as a lifetime assignment from God to keep her children covered, so that His will can be done in their lives. I really liked that perspective.
Praying for our Adult Children
I really liked this book. Its chapters cover various life aspects where we can pray for adult kids — for their relationships, finances, jobs, heart for God, etc. I found that this was a book best devoured in small “bites,” so each morning when I read my devotional book, I also read a page of this book. Then I could think over and pray over what I’d read all throughout the day.
There are many helpful thoughts, and helpful sample prayers and Bible verses, in this book. One thing I liked was where the author mentioned that we will feel stress when our kids experience problems in life, and yet hard times can be part of God’s will — for us as well as for our kids. Those are the times when our kids can actually grow closest to God. We just need to pray that they keep their eyes on the Lord through their hard times.
As parents, we can spend a lot of time worrying about our kids. But Stormie cautions us, “We don’t have to live that way when we can pray.” And that’s so true. Any time I start to be concerned over something with my kids, I take it as a prompt to pray. Nothing is helped by worry and stewing, and yet when we put our efforts into pray, we’re actually doing something to help our kids — as well as to calm ourselves.
I finished this book earlier this week, and I plan to start reading it again tomorrow. I recommend it highly!