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On Personal Prayer

I am convinced that prayer is one of the most active things we can do for our child(ren).

Over the Christmas break, I was convicted about my personal prayer life. I began reading a book by Tim Keller titled, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. In the work, he compares and contrasts the writings on prayer from various theologians. Another aspect of this convictional journey was the reality of being specific in praying for my four children. Over the course of a few days and weeks this phrase - 9 @ 9 - kept popping in my head. It was a bit odd to say the least. I began to think about praying 9 specific things for my children at 9:00 at night.

A few weeks later, on a whim I decided to open up my Bible to Ephesians 6, and more specifically verses 10-20. I picked out 9 specific biblical things I could pray for my children. I decided I was going to go to their rooms after they were asleep and pray for them. Typically, 9:00 is not the time I go, but it is usually 10:30. I pray one specific thing for each of them from the Ephesians 6:10-20 passage. The passage is incredible because it tells us to "take" and "put on" different symbolical aspects of the offensive and defensive mechanisms God has given us to push back darkness in our culture with the light of the gospel. I am convinced that prayer is one of the most active things we can do for our child(ren). Often times I consider prayer a secondary thing and I want to go do something. Prayer is doing. In fact, praying to God Almighty is the best doing we can do!

Here is the list:

  • Belt of truth fastened
  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Shoes ready given by the gospel of peace
  • Shield of faith: extinguish the flaming darts of the evil one
  • Helmet of salvation
  • Sword of the Spirit – Word of God
  • Prayer in the Spirit, at all times, with supplication for all the saints
  • Alert with perseverance
  • Proclamation boldly telling others the mystery of the gospel