The following is an excerpt from Don’t Make Me Count to Three! A Mom’s Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Plowman. She has helpfully stated the benefit and necessity of prayer in the lives of parents and children. Though prayer is often one of the most difficult aspects of Christian discipline, this is a good reminder to keep it up. Plowman’s words are especially useful, I believe, because she directs parents to the power and sufficiency of Scripture. Take her thoughts to heart:
"No matter what stage of life our children are in, the most important thing we can do for them is pray for them. Whether they’re in diapers, danger, love, rebellion, or a sports car, our most powerful and effective tool in parenting is fervent prayer over every aspect of their lives.
As parents cursed with a sin nature, we are bound to mess up. We will make some wrong decisions. From time to time we will lose our temper—or shall I say, we will find it! Because we are not perfect, we will let our children down, set poor examples, and fail them in more ways than one. However, there is one thing that will always reap fruit and never return void. We can pray for our children in accordance with God’s Word. Stormie Omartian says, “Being a perfect parent doesn’t matter. Being a praying parents does.”
To pray for our children directly from God’s Word is to pray in harmony with God’s perfect will for their lives. It is to bind up our shallow and vain desires and unleash the wisdom and power of our mighty Lord. When we pray from God’s Word, we surrender our foolish misconceptions of what is best by acknowledging that God’s ways are not our ways. To pray from the Scriptures is to seek the will of the Father rather than the will of the parent. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).
Why should we pray?
Prayer is a command of God—“Be joyful always; pray continually; giving thanks to God in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
Prayer draws us near to God—“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deut. 4:7).
Prayer releases God’s power—“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).