Pray for Your Sponsored Child: Ephesians 3:16–19

04/09/13

Do you have a hard time knowing how to pray for your sponsored child? I struggle to pray for people I don't know, so I often don't know how to pray for my sponsored children specifically.

 
Children in the Dominican Republic pray for YOU, their sponsors, regularly
Children in the Dominican Republic pray for you, their sponsors, on a regular basis. Do you have a hard time knowing how to pray for your child?
 
Lately I've been using Ephesians 3:16–19, Paul's prayer for the Ephesians, as a guide to pray for my two sponsored children.  I just replace Paul's references to the Ephesians with the names of my sponsored children. I've written it out with one of my sponsored children's names in bold, and some of my own prayers, inspired from the verses. Just substitute your child's name for mine. Let the verses inspire your own prayers, or just read through mine. 
 
I hope it helps you, as it has helped me.  And I hope your sponsored children are blessed by your prayers!
 
Verses 16-17: "God, I pray that out of your glorious riches, you may strengthen Marie with power through your Spirit in her inner being so that Christ may dwell in her heart through faith."
 
Prayer: God, I pray that you would give Marie a strong, unwavering faith. Strengthen her daily. Keep and protect her from temptations. Give her strength of spirit and a strong, unshakable faith in you.
 
Verses 17-18: "And I pray that Marie, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." 
 
Prayer: God, help Marie to grow every day in her knowledge and comprehension of just how great you are. Continue to show your love to her, and help her to fall deeper in love with you daily.
 
Verse 19: "and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that she may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." 
 
Prayer: God, as Marie grows in her understanding of how great and loving you are, fill her with your power and spirit, so she may tell others of this love—in her family, community, and nation.
 
Pray for your child to understand God's love for them
Pray for your child to understand God's love for them—and to be filled with His power to share this love!
 
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Do you have any other passages that you like to pray through for your child? Please share them in a comment below: