Some moms can get pretty ambitious with bedtime routines. We want to fit in so many cute elements that the plan just becomes too much to implement every single night. Or there are many of us that just get plain ol’ tired of bedtime routines because, well, at the end of the day we are tired and just ready for some quiet.
Either way, today I want to remind us all (myself included) of what’s most important: God’s Word.
Nothing will soothe a child’s heart while directing them to our Savior quite like God’s Word.
Reading, writing, or saying God’s Word together are all special practices, but there is something uniquely powerful about praying God’s Word with your children.
We pray scripture with our children so that their hearts line up with God’s truth.
What a privilege we have as moms to pray these words over our children and ourselves as we bring our thoughts into submission with God’s will.
Here are five simple ideas to spark your imagination on how to choose a scripture to pray at bedtime.
- Choose a scripture based on your children’s fears. Bring these fears to light by lovingly asking your child what he/she is afraid of lately. Then pray this simple verse, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3 HCSB)
- Choose a scripture based on gratitude. Have each family member share what he or she is thankful for. Then incorporate this verse in prayer. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 NIV)
- Choose a scripture based on your children’s future. Regardless of what career your son or daughter chooses, we want their steps to be firmly established. “The Lord makes firm steps of the one who delights in him.” (Psalm 37:23)
- Choose a scripture based on struggles within the family. Is there a trial or challenge your family is facing? Talk about it and pray, “but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26b NIV)
- Choose a scripture based on your current family’s mission. Whether you are on vacation or merely visiting the library, pray for boldness to share the gospel. “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:19 NIV)
Dear friends, these are just a few ideas but feel free to make your prayers your own. Your kids need the comfort and love of their mom, but even more, they need the everlasting love of their Savior.
Blessings, Ruth Schwenk, TheBetterMom.com
Would you like a simple resource for younger ones at bedtime? The Night Night, Farm is a cute way to end the day. The author, Amy Parker shares rhymes while showing young children how mommy and daddy farm animals say goodnight to their little ones. Animal lovers will treasure this book and its adorable illustrations. Tie in a family scripture and prayer by reminding your kids that every animal says goodnight in their own way, just as your family says goodnight by praying God’s Word!