For me, at least in this season of life, a sit down prayer does not just naturally happen. Throughout the day I'm in constant conversation, thanking, asking, being real, while in motion. Ten seconds here, twenty seconds there, which I hope I will always do. However, there is great importance to sitting down, in a quiet place and really talking to our Father, specifically about our children.
Once a week, I try sit down when I have 30 minutes to an hour of quiet time. I pray for each child separately, thanking God for their gifts and to help with their specific struggles. Then I write down a prayer for the week. I read the prayer every morning when I wake up, and for me, because our afternoons can get crazy, I say it again around lunch. Prayer is so easy to skip over, believe me, I know. But it is very important and should be a priority in our day.
This is mine for the week:
"Father, I pray that my attitude would be one of control and patience. That my heart would be softened toward my disobedient children and I would show an abundance of love and grace. I pray that my children's hearts are softened toward their imperfect mother. Give them a desire to honor their parents, show kindness to their siblings and most importantly, seek you. Through Christ, I pray. Amen"
This works for me right now but I would love to hear your thoughts. How do you pray for your children?