After eight-year-old John's father died, he became "stuck" in the anger stage. One evening while Marie was walking and praying, it came to her that she should build a "prayer wall" around John for his growing up years. She was to surround him with the specific prayers of people who loved him and knew the value of seeking God.
Returning home, she wrote to friends and gave these specific ways to pray. Perhaps her requests will also benefit those of us who have children we surround with prayers.
For peace (2 Thess. 3:16)
For healthy speech and thoughts (Ps. 19:14)
For protection from Satan's schemes (2 Thess. 3:3)
For success (Ps. 20:4-5)
For school--that God would give, "knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning" (Dan. 1:17)
For healthy friendships--that God would give solid Christian friends to influence and stretch him, that "if sinners entice him, he would not give in." (Prov. 1:10)
For God's guidance (Ps. 119:133)
For purity (Phil. 1:9)
For physical health (3 John 2)
For commitment to excellence-that John would do all things "heartily, as for the Lord rather than men" (Col. 3:23)
For relationships-that he would "put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" (Col. 3:12)
For a passionate pursuit of God-that "as the deer pants for streams of water," so his heart would hunger for God (Ps. 42:1)
For comprehension of God's love (Ephesians 3:18)
Thank You, Jesus, for hearing our prayers as we pray for children.
I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest" (Isaiah 62:6).