I have prayed more prayers than I can count over my kids. I have always prayed for my kids to have a true walking relationship with Jesus Christ. That is the most important and powerful prayer I think I can pray for them.
I have prayed for their sexual purity as well as for their future spouse and their sexual purity. I have prayed for their safety. I have prayed for them to be able to resist temptation when they are faced with it. I have prayed and prayed over my kids as I am sure all of us have.
In the last year or so, I have been praying one of the most incredible prayers I have ever prayed for my kids. I have been praying the following prayer:
“If my kids commit a sin, I pray they will by some means be found out.”
“But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure
your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23, ESV
Whenever I find out something, I usually always remind my kids of my prayer, and the fact their sin will find them out. I wish I could tell you all of the ways in which God has been faithful and ways He has allowed us as parents to find out what is going on with our kids. However, I will not shame them. Just know that they are not perfect kids, and I am not a perfect parent. They struggle with common sins most other kids struggle with at their age, and most of which Carl and I were both guilt of at the same age. We all have fallen short of the glory of God as stated in Romans 3:23.
We are all sinners who sin even when we are trying to do the right thing. Our only hope is that we have been covered by the grace and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Our children are sinners too who sin even when they are trying to do what is right. They too have been covered with the grace and righteousness of Jesus Christ if they repent and turn away from their sin.
I encourage you to pray this over your children, but don’t be surprised when God answers your prayer. You may have a variety of feelings about what your child has done, but just know that God has been faithful to answer your prayer to address the sin. He is also big enough to get you through it and to forgive them of all of their sins. What a great God we have!
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to the light.” Luke 8:17, ESV