Prayer Ninja Challenge!
As we conclude Back-to-School Means Back-to-Jesus Month, I hope you feel encouraged and equipped to pray for your children and students through Back-to-Jesus Bags, 5 Tips for Christian Educators, and the 10 Back-to-School Prayers for Your Children.
This week’s Faith Filled Friday, we are going all out! I want to challenge you to become a… Prayer Ninja! (Feels like we need some type of ninja music in the background.)
Are you thinking, “What in the world is a Prayer Ninja?” Ha! Well let me tell you what I think a Prayer Ninja is.
Prayer Ninja: a person who is proactive and reactive in prayer.
Make sure you don’t miss the first part of the definition. We must not only be reactive with prayer but proactive. That is so important to be intentional about praying for your child, not only their present but their future.
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He Hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
1 John 5: 12-15
In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul describes our “Spiritual Blessings” because we are united in Christ. Read Ephesians 1: 3-14. Although it is one long sentence in the original Greek language, it’s translated into 12 verses that reminds us of the truth Paul wrote in Romans 5:2, “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”
Because we are united in Christ, we should be confident. John tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” When we feel inadequate or even feeble, we are acting within our flesh. We are called to walk in our spirit. (Galatians 5:16-17). So let’s do just that…walk in our spirit, with confidence and approach God on behalf of our children…ninja style!
Step 1: Identify
Write the name of the child that you are going to bow before God on their behalf. (Psalm 139)
“God you have searched __________ ’s heart and You know everything about him/her. You know what he/she is going to say before they say it. You created ___________ ’s inner parts of their body and knitted him/her together within my/ their mother’s womb. Thank you for fearfully and wonderfully making _________. Your works are wonderful.
Step 2: Submit
Submit their name before your Heavenly Father. Offer this child to the Father, submitting their strengths and their weaknesses. Psalm 121
“Lord I lift ________ up to You. His/Her help comes from You, the Maker of heaven and earth. Don’t let ________’ s foot slip, watch over him/her. Be __________’ s shade from the sun and his/her moon by night. Keep _______ from all harm. Watch over his/her life, coming, and going both now and forever more.”
Step 3: Act
PRAY IN ACTION.
- Prayer walk around their bedroom and pray over their bed, their chair, their clothes, etc.
- Prayer walk around the outside and in all rooms of your home.
- Prayer walk/drive around their school/daycare/babysitter.
- If they are driving, pray over their car and the tires.
- If they have a tablet, computer, device, or phone, COVER that electronic device in prayer.
Be in a constant state of prayer, touching the walls, the doors, the ball bags, the cleats, dance shoes, backpacks, there is nothing too minimal. Everything is available to be covered in prayer. If you would like some additional guidance, download the Virtue Prayer Calendar. There is a topic and verses for each day to pray over your children. Print it out and keep it with you in your Bible. Write out the verses, inserting your children’s names into the Scripture.
Stand confidently when approaching God. Anything we ask according to His will, He hears us. Tap into your inheritance on behalf of our children. (Ephesians 1)
Please pray for each other’s children. Bear one another’s burdens. You can encourage or compare, but you can’t do both. Encourage one another. Be tenderhearted.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Continuing in prayer,
Heather McVey, a speaker and accidental writer, has a passion for connecting the dots of God’s Word. Her mission is focused on teaching women how to unfold the scriptures within their own life, encouraging and equipping them to walk worthy of their calling. Learn more about her in Meet Heather.