Bedtime prayers changed my life…


… actually many lives.

My parents did a phenomenal work teaching me the priority and practice of prayer. At bedtime, before “lights out”, we gathered as a family on bended knee for prayer time. Who knew that simple routine would profoundly impact lives. Well of course, God did!

When God gave Katie to us, Mike and I continued the tradition of bedtime prayers. Leaning over a small white crib in Grapevine, TX, our hands placed on her tiny body (in that soft, blue snugly), we prayed nightly.

  • We are so thankful God gave YOU to us.
  • God did such a beautiful job creating you.
  • We ask You Father that Katie would love You all the days of her life.
  • We pray she would ask Jesus to be her Savior at the earliest age possible.
  • Cause her to be a student of Your Word; a woman of prayer; give her a spirit like Mary.

Many bed time prayers began with a crib, a baby, and hearts full of hope. Then, our tiny civilization grew. God gave Will and Emory in His perfect time! Bedtime prayers continued with 5 of us on bended knee, as my parents did with me.

As the kids grew, we taught them how to pray for each other – how to “carry one another’s burden in prayer” (Galatians 6:2). Katie would pray for Will’s bball game – that he would play his best. Will prayed for Katie’s dance recital. Emory, being the baby, tried her best to participate. It was ok that she wiggled and squirmed like a 2-year-old, because she was one!

With all the kids, we made specific requests, praying specific character qualities over them. A spirit of obedience and a heart to obey dominated our list.

One particular night, I was praying “Daniel” over Will. The attributes and character qualities of the prophet Daniel. I prayed, “Father, make Will into a mighty man of God like Daniel. A man of prayer. A man of Your Word. A man of courage. A man of integrity.” It was familiar to Will, because I spent a semester studying the Book of Daniel.

Then it came… one of my sweetest memories of prayer time. As we together said “Amen”, Will looked up at me.  In his husky, little-man voice, at the age of 6, he said, “Mama, you know how you pray Daniel over me? Well, I really do like it. But, could you start praying David over me?”

Of course Will! What a great choice! Scripture says “David was a man after God’s own heart” and I am certain you will like the fact he fought off bears and lions and Goliath too. “Yes Mama, I do!” Will was very enthusiastic. And God was too.

It is never too late – I encourage you to begin the tradition of bedtime prayers – even if you have pre-teens. It is so very important that our children hear our prayers for them. Our declarations of faith prayed over them will impact and influence their destiny.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue… Proverbs 18:21 (HCSB)

Moms (& Dads), God is pleased by your bedtime prayers, on bended knee, before “lights out”.

9 responses »

  1. Ahh Karen, so precious and so needed for all children and Mama’s and Daddies! So, in my spiritual immaturity, I need a do over! What do you suggest now that my babies are grown?

    • Kandis- you did exactly what you needed to do at the time! I was an eyewitness to your mothering and you did it well! Do not live in the “what if’s”– live in what “is”.
      Prayers for adult children- this one tends to be mine; “Father, make them one with You. Keep them in right relationship with You. Send people into their lives that will influence and impact them for Your glory and their good. Give them understanding that You love them as You love Your Son. John 17:22-23
      Understanding the Love of God leads us to repentance. Love Leads us back to Him.
      Speaking of love- you do it well.

  2. Mrs. May this is truly beautiful. You are such a sweet and wonderful lady. I cant wait to read more of your stories. Thank you form posting this. You will never know how some of the small details in this one story has impacted me. Thanks again

  3. And now, 20-something years later these prayers are realized in the lives of kates, will-man, and emmers–3 gloriously committed and obedient Christ-followers, living out their faith for others to witness, be challenged by, and be blessed by. Signed, unabashedly proud other mother

  4. Karen, thank you for sharing this in your blog today! Love this…and I love that we can still pray for our “babies” today! Asking for The Lord to stir their hearts for Him…that they will hunger and thirst for Him! Love you, dear friend…thank you for reflecting Jesus so well!

  5. Hi Karen, these are great!! What if you do not have children? What are some good verses tonoray over your spouse and r family?


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