"The PRAYER of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16
Prayer is a necessary part of the Christian life. Prayer is communicating with God. Without prayer we are relying on ourselves for everything, when we should be relying on God.
When we pray, both for and with our kids, we are teaching them reliance on God. We show the that we need God and teach them that they also need God. We need to be intentional in our prayers. I really needed to hear this as I have gotten very lax lately in praying intentionally for my children. I pray for their salvation, but often neglect other things that are also part of a life with Christ. There are so many things I need to add to pray for them regularly. I use to do this and really need to get back to it.
We also need to pray without ceasing. The Lord is growing me in this and I am so thankful, but I have a long way to go. I must teach my children that we can do nothing apart from God which is what we teach as we pray continuously.
Prayer is very personal and we must teach them to be mindful of who they pray with outside of the family as prayer connects people in a very special way.
We must pray and teach our kids to pray. It is so important!