One of the greatest gifts God has given me is my children. I have nine children—four girls (3 living) and five boys—and each of them are very special to me. I will admit, raising them has not been the easiest task, but it has by far been the single most rewarding experience of my life. Of all my roles, being a wife and mother are without a doubt two of my most enjoyable roles.
If you have children, you most certainly know how startling it can be to watch your children go from always wanting to be around you, to being independent and wanting to do their own thing. Many people find this transition hard to bear. If you are like me, you have probably found yourself wondering, why can’t they just go back to being babies: it was much easier then! However, whether we want to face it or not, our children eventually grow up. So instead of attempting to avoid the obvious, we should seize the time we have with them, and teach them the values they are going to need to be successful adults.
Parents, Speak Over Your Children
Whether you are a parent, a grandparent raising your grandchildren, or have plans of becoming a parent, take solace in knowing that grace and mercy covers and protects your children. If and when they do things you may not understand, do not curse them by speaking negatively about them; instead, release the Word over them. The Word will heal, protect, and cause them to be all they have ordained them to be.
The following are FOUR scriptural confessions that you can speak over your children – and as Isaiah 55:11 says – these words will not return to your empty, but will accomplish and achieve the purpose for which they are sent.
1. Strong, Biblical Self-Esteem
Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:10)
Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be “alert and self-controlled” in all they do. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)
4.My children are children in whom there is no blemish, but they are well favored. They are skillful in wisdom, cunning in knowledge, and understand science. They have the ability to stand in the King’s palace and teach others. ( Daniel 1:4 )
The following is an example of a confession prayer I’d speak over my child, based on scripture (and largely copied, by memory, from what my own parents confessed over me):
God, we know that [child’s name] is a gift from You. She’s/He’s a treasure who brings joy to those who know her/him. [child’s name] loves You with all she/he is–she/he puts You first and holds tight to You. She’s/He’s a good friend–she /he loves people and they love her/him back. She/He knows Whose she/he is, a child of the King. She’s/He’s protected as she/he goes about her/his day because You give Your angels charge over her/him. You are her/his refuge and fortress. She/He has great peace and undisturbed composure. She/He can face this day with a smile on her/his face, with no fear, because She/He trusts You and she/he knows she’s/he’s safe.
[child’s name] chooses Life. She/He loves Wisdom. Everything her/his hand touches is blessed. She’s/He’s blessed wherever she/he goes–when she/he comes in and when she/he goes out. She/He honors her/his leaders and teachers, and she/he works diligently. She/He is the head and not the tail.
God, you specially designed [ child’s name] before she was born, and we’re thankful that You have a big plan for her/his life. Today she/he walks in the destiny You’ve planned for her/him.
The tongue has the power of life and death. As parents, you have the power to speak life or death to your children and over your children.