My little guy woke me up at 4 am to tell me that his head hurt.
“Mama, can I please have some Tylenol? My head hurts really bad.”
Some of you know the mommy-adrenaline that has you upright, out of bed, and functioning before you even truly process what is going on.
This was the beginning of my Mother’s Day weekend. A vigil over my 8-year-old who had horrible headaches, a raging fever, and a lethargic-achy body. He literally slept most of Saturday away.
But it wasn’t restful sleep. He mumbled in his sleep. He moaned. He asked for more water. He furrowed his brow in pain as he turned over trying to get comfortable.
All this momma could do is sit near him and pray that the fever would break and the headaches would depart. I specifically inserted my son’s name into a paraphrased prayer focused on Proverbs 3:5-6.
Heavenly Father–Please help me trust you with all my heart – not just part of it. I acknowledge that everything in the heavens and earth – everything that is precious to me including Kambell – belongs to you. Amen.
I spent a lot of time sitting over Kambell this weekend. Wondering what he will be like as an adult. Wondering what type of husband and father he will become. Wondering what type of prayer warrior, he will be. It made me think about how often I pray with him. How often I pray for him.
When we’re entrusted with little ones, we spend a ton of time helping with homework, carpooling to sports, kissing boo-boos, coloring in the lines, or tucking them in at night.
In the midst of these busy lives, are we praying enough over them? I mean, are we really praying specific, promise-laced, prophetic, hope-filled prayers? Are we praying God’s promises through His Word over their little lives?
The enemy is alive and well. He would love nothing more than to destroy our children and our families. He’s attacking when we’re not on guard and he’ll do anything to lure our children towards him. The counter-attack, the defensive and offensive plays against this enemy is prayer.
On the Monday morning after a sick-kid vigil, I’d argue that we need to increase our prayers over the children of the world. It’s the essential ingredient over our kids and entire families. Prayer will help us stay alert, as well as hearing the whispers of the Holy Spirit against attacks of Satan.
Do not underestimate the importance of prayer over our children.
Whether they need spiritual covering, intercession with a math test, encouragement in a friendship, or because they have a fever…our prayers are necessary and the Lord is faithful to answer.