I Don’t Always Pray Protection Over My Boys


“What kind of mother are you?”

I am a mother to four boys! There’s a lot of testosterone in my home. We are raising these boys to be men!

One time when the twins were really young, we drove right by a car accident that could have been us. I declared, “Thank You, Jesus, for protecting us!” To which my son replied, “What about that other family? Wasn’t God protecting them?”

“Well……..ummmm….I don’t know!”

That started a journey of realizing just how off my prayers really were. Yes, I pray for protection over the boys, but more than that I want my boys to be transformed into His image. A lot of times that can only happen as they go through fiery trials. It says in James 1:2-4:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Whatever it takes, Lord! Use it all!

More than anything, I want my boys to be perfected in their faith by enduring hardship. No, I don’t WISH them hardship, but in their hardship, I do pray that they would yield and surrender to Him so He can perfect them.

May they run hard after what God has put in their hearts to do, and may they be able to say like Job, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15).

May they be willing to say the Daniel’s creed (something Matt put on his bedroom door when he was much younger). I’m not sure where he got it:

“Dare to be a Daniel. Dare to stand alone. Dare to have a purpose firm. Dare to make it known.”

May they know neither riches nor poverty. May they know only the abundance of His provision.

May the boys know the full weight of their sin so they can be rooted and grounded in the lavish grace He’s given to us. He who has been forgiven much loves much. He who has been forgiven little loves little.

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We just dropped Matthew off at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX. Tomorrow we take Zachary to the recruiter’s office, and Tuesday we will say goodbye as he heads out to army basic training in Georgia.

“Lord, we did our best with these boys! We prayed for them, and you gave them to us. We took our job as parents seriously. They are Yours! We made mistakes, but we asked for forgiveness. I always wanted a family who not only knew about You but actually knew You! I know they know You, but may they live the rest of their lives getting to know You even more! Thank You that You are with them in these next steps.  May they continue to seek Your face! In Jesus’ Name! Amen.”

Do you have children? Does this kind of prayer scare you? Entrust your children into His hands. He is their strength. He is their victory. Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (NIV).

Let’s stop praying wimpy prayers for our children! Let’s pray ones that require bold faith and a closeness to the Lion of Judah!

6 Replies to “I Don’t Always Pray Protection Over My Boys”

  1. I thought this same thing yesterday as I prayed for my baby sister. I found that as soon as I began to pray for her protection, my thoughts changed. And I prayed instead that whatever God needed to do that He saved her life. Surprised myself. He’s still protecting just not in the terms that we traditionally think.

    1. Yes! It feels weird to pray that way, doesn’t it?! Yes, I do pray for protection, but I pray more and more, “Lord, do whatever it takes to capture their hearts.” That’s a scary prayer, but necessary.

      Have a great day, Brittany! 😊

  2. “Lord, we did our best with these boys! We prayed for them, and you gave them to us. We took our job as parents seriously. They are Yours!” I love this prayer. I too am the Mom of 4 boys and sometimes I don’t pray for them as I could. Thanks for the reminder. Praying Now!

  3. Julie, how beautiful. ((Hug)) Prayers for y’all as you adjust to a quieter home. — I so agree, I’ve prayed many a prayer of protection over my children, but I also pray for them to have a heart for the things of God, and for Him to use their hardship to bring them closer to Him. Those are hard prayers to pray in some ways, but also, very comforting prayers to pray in other ways. We know He loves them and we don’t have to do this thing alone, He’s stronger, and He’s able, and He’s with them. It’s such a scary joy to watch them fly. ((xoxo))

    1. Thank you, Brenda! Our home is a little quieter, but my younger two are the REALLY loud ones. LOL! Yes, I still pray protection over my boys, but I try not to let that be all I pray for them. God has a much bigger view of their lives than simply protecting them at every turn. That’s why the title is “I Don’t ALWAYS Pray Protection Over My Boys.”

      “Scary Joy!” That is such a good way to explain it!

  4. What an inspiring post! Love that you trust God so much that you have entrusted your greatest treasures to His perfect will.

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