As parents, we don’t think twice about praying for God to bestow blessings on our children. But it’s often easy to overlook the importance of praying for God’s blessings on the children in our nurseries. Nothing is more powerful — or more meaningful — than prayer on behalf of others. So why not give this most wonderful of gifts to the little ones you shepherd?
1. Learn more about the children in your nursery by contacting their parents. Phone calls or email messages to parents communicate your care and interest in them, and they help you learn more about each child. There’s no better way to know these precious children and their families than by staying connected.
2. Write a prayer of blessing for each child. It helps me to keep a list of the children and the specific blessings I’m praying for them in my Bible or daily devotional.
3. Give a copy of the prayer to the child’s parent to let him or her know you’re praying daily. You’ll be amazed at each parent’s response.
I can’t think of a better way to show people how much you love them through Christ than by praying daily for their children and staying connected personally. Adults and children forget lots of things, but they’ll never forget the hands that have reached out to them through prayer.
Sondra Saunders leads Prestonwood Baptist Church’s preschool and children’s ministry with more than 5,200 children in Plano, Texas. Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change.