Timely Tips on Tuesday: Fasting and Praying for your Children

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Proverbs 4:6-7


(This is part of a Series of “Ten Things” Most Important in Child-Training:  Child-Training Advice from An Older Woman.)

9) Fast and pray for your children (and your husband). It’s only by God’s grace that anyone raises Godly children. We need to be literally on our knees often. If you’ve never fasted before, do some research first. Study Scripture.  Read a good book on fasting and prayer. Go to one of the many websites, and read tips on the subject of fasting and prayer.

Once you have decided to start, you might choose a day of the week to set aside as your “day of fasting and prayer”.  For a number of years, Monday was mine. As your children get older, they can handle most of the household duties by themselves while you are off in your room praying.  Then you will be free to do only what you must. Consider school as a lesser priority that day.  Give your children their assignments and just check on them periodically.  If they’re older, let them know you don’t want to be disturbed except in the case of an emergency (I defined this as, “Don’t interrupt me unless you see blood!”)

Three suggestions when considering a fast:

  • Start with skipping one meal, if a whole day or days, seems too much.
  • Schedule leftovers for dinner, use a meal from the freezer, or have one of your children cook on your fasting day (or let the kids and your husband enjoy cooking together, if your husband would like that).
  • Trust the Lord to give you strength while fasting. Fasting and prayer are important. God changes things when you fast and pray. God changes you!

It’s so good for your children to see you spending dedicated time in prayer on a regular basis, and making this sacrifice.  It’s especially good for them to know that you’re praying for them.  And remember that Jesus said, “When you fast” (not if you fast).
(*Please remember to check with your doctor, if you have a medical condition, before starting a fast.)

Here is a book I found online by Andrew Murray, a favorite author of mine, on the subject of prayer (click on Contents to view):

By the Grace of my Heavenly Father alone, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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3 Replies to “Timely Tips on Tuesday: Fasting and Praying for your Children”

  1. Thank you so much for this For the last two years I’ve been lost I had no church I’ve questioned weather I believed In God anymore but. God is revealing things to me and I cant allow the Devil to steal my Joy My Life or my Family I’m fasting and Praying For Gods will to be done In all our lives my husband my children and Mine For my Parents My world Has just basically Fallen apart But the Devil cant take what’s not his. Me and My Family Belong To God…. If You have any words or suggestions Please contaact me thank you for This Blog post today.

    1. Tiffany,
      I hope that you are in a better situation than when you wrote over a year ago. I know that there is no situation, no place you can go, where God is not there with you. Psalm 139 has been a really big encouragement to me (we memorized it as a church body this past year). “Whither shall I flee from thy Spirit, or whither shall I go from thy presence. If I should take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right hand shall hold me.” Read that chapter over and over. He also instructs us to ask Him for wisdom, and He promises to give it. Commit yourself and your way to the Lord, and He will direct your path. Do you have Godly people in your life to support you and give you good counsel? I don’t know what you’re going through, but God is the One to turn to. He will help you. He will strengthen you, trust Him. It may be very hard, but He will help you get through. Read His Word, depend on Him and make sure you have a Godly support system. Finding a church family that preaches and obeys the Word of God would be important. Though you don’t say anything, I don’t know if your husband is saved or anything. God can still work through him, even if he’s not saved, but I will be praying that if he isn’t, he will be, and that your situation will or has greatly improved!

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