Prayer Saturated Kids Book
Bible Study on “Prayer Saturated Kids” by Cheryl Sacks and Arlyn Lawrence
What is a prayer-saturated kid? It is a child who is prayed for, prayed with, and taught to pray. Prayer saturated kids are full of faith.
As parents and grandparents, we need to ask God’s help in seeing and discerning God’s design for each of our children, and children who come into our lives. We can help children become who God destined them to be through prayer.
Our prayers might be in the form of intercessory prayer – praying for the accomplishments of God’s design for a child’s life, or spiritual warfare prayer – praying against the schemes of the enemy, that seek to oppose, corrupt, and pervert God’s original design.
Proverbs 22:6 6“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Ephesians 2:10 10”For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
2 Timothy 1:8-9 8 “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began”
Romans 8:28 28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
As we guide our children to God, as their foundation, it will be up to them, whether they build on that foundation. What they learn as children doesn’t go away.
We can’t always fix, nor should we even try, the situations our children are in. We can encourage them to remember God has a plan for them and they should be open to how He might guide them in fulfilling that plan, and we can be praying that God’s purposes for our children will prevail.
There are different styles of prayer, and different styles of kids. Be alert to what’s important to your child – to what he/she might feel the need to pray about.
Make your home a house of prayer. Include your children in family prayers about anything. Let them pray about what’s on their minds and in their hearts and share with the rest of the family. Prayer builds unity and intimacy. We become intimate to whom we pray, for whom we pray, with whom we pray.
Intercession is one of the most powerful tasks mothers can undertake. Much more can be accomplished for our children, or anyone we are praying for, from our knees, than from our mouths.
Fathers need to be praying for and with their families. When a father exercises his authority in prayer, he shuts fear out of his house, and invites the protection and presence of God to dwell there.
In Genesis 1:28, God blesses His children. We can pray blessings over our husbands, children, family members, people we know and don’t know.
Genesis 1:28 28 “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
A blessing carries with it affirmation, encouragement, favor, and hope for the future. A blessing may have several parts -- closeness and meaningful touch, spoken words of high value, asking God’s blessing for a special future. A true blessing conveys a genuine desire for God to enrich a child’s life, a person’s life.
There is power behind the words of a blessing. We must be careful with our words. Words can help or hurt.
Proverbs 18:21 21 “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
Proverbs 12:18 18”There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.”
Proverbs 25:11 11”A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Hebrews 4:12 12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Numbers 6:22-27 22”And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’ 27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Are willfully disobedient, defiant children, blessable? YES! The powerful truth about blessings is this: they don’t depend upon the character or condition of the one receiving them. We bless our children, not because of who they are, but so they can be all God wants them to be.
There is a thief in our homes that robs us of quality time with our kids and our families. It is the thief of overactivity and he masquerades as fulfillment, accomplishments or success. Just the right time to speak such treasured words is crowded out by a busy schedule.
When children go into adulthood, carrying a lot of baggage, it is prayer that will bring the healing, but only as the adult is ready and able to see the need for healing.
Malachi 4:2 2 “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.”
When we give place to bitterness, we inadvertently teach our children that it’s okay to live with unforgiveness. On the other hand, when we set the example to constantly and consistently go to the root of heart issues in prayer, forgiving and releasing our offenders, we help our children establish lifelong patterns of emotional health and wholeness.
Ephesians 4:26-27 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.”
1Peter 5:6-7 6 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
We need to take our children’s concerns seriously and help them take their anxiety to their heavenly Father. By so doing, we let them know that they matter to us and to God. They are never really alone.
We need to ask God to help us see what He is doing in our children’s lives and thank Him even if we don’t see nor understand His answers to our prayers.
Philippians 1:6 6”being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”
1Peter 5:8-9 8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
We need to be aware that Satan wants to destroy anyone who walks with God and he’ll use any means to do it. Be alert to what’s going on in your children’s lives.
Teaching children to pray can best be done by example. When the opportunity arises let your children share in youir personal prayer time with God.
Psalms 78:1-8 1 “Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; 6 That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, 7 That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments; 8 And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 4“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
There comes a time when we need to encourage our children to have their own personal time and place with God. A special place of prayer helps all of us keep our lives clean and in order. We learn to put first things first, and we find purpose and direction in our lives.
Matthew 6:6 6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”
Psalms 32:7 7 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”
Churches play a huge role in guiding children in their relationship with God. By providing special times for kids to learn about God, being able to participate in church services and prayer times for kids to learn about God, being able to participate in church services and prayer times and by being able to express their thoughts and desires. God wants our kids involved.
Joel 2:15-16 15 “Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; . et the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room.”
Luke 18:16 16”But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Psalms 8:2 2 “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”
Our children live in an age that wants nothing to do with God. They are bombarded with every kind of attack imaginable. We as parents and as the church will be remiss if we do not affirm their calling and come alongside them in prayer, fighting the battles together. In so doing, we will be encouraging generations of intercessors and young prayer warriors to take their place of leadership of the global prayer movement. We must understand the importance of unleashing our kids to fulfill the destiny to which God is calling them!
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