I've been reading "Praying Circles around your Children" by Mark Batterson and it's got me inspired to do a better job. When I am tired, rushed or uninspired I find myself praying aimless prayers like "please give Isabel/Anthony a good sleep". I would like to be a better pray-er.
The book has these chapter headings for different ways to pray for your children:
- Pray God's promises.
- Make prayer lists. (make them artsy if you're that way inclined)
- Create prayer mantras. (Prayer repeated so often they become part of you)
- Form prayer circles. (If you're in a life group… Tick)
- Pray through the bible.
My own action point from all this reading is to start with a better default than "good sleep" whenever I'm not firing on all cylinders, my plan is to have something better to default to, such as Philippians 4:6-7
"Don't worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him. Then God's peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God's peace can never be completely understood." Philippians 4:6-7 - NIRV