As my husband drove the babysitter home after our date night, I went up stairs to check on our son. Every night when I put him to sleep, I always pray over him. The prayers usually sound very similar:
“Father, thank you for allowing me to be Isaac’s mommy today. Thank you for all the wonderful activities we shared together. Please put a hedge of protection around him while he sleeps. Help him to have the most beautiful and peaceful dreams. I pray that You fill his room with angels and fill his heart with love, hope, peace and joy. Surround us with the love of Jesus Christ and the blood of His sacrifice. Forgive us of our mistakes and help us to make the right decisions for You. In Your name I pray. Amen.”
Every time I say the word, “Amen,” Isaac whispers his “Amen,” and I lay him in his bed. On this particular night, however, the babysitter had already put Isaac in his bed and he was sound asleep. I put my hand on his tiny chest and I began the prayer that I’ve prayed over him all his life. He didn’t budge or change his breathing.
When I finished, I whispered the word, “Amen,” and stared down at him for a moment with motherly love pouring from my face. A few seconds later, Isaac inhaled and a barely audible, “Amen,” floated from his lips. He was deep asleep, yet repetition caused his two year old mind to subconsciously react to the prayer. I was amazed. I didn’t grow up with consistent prayer and thanksgivings in my house, but I know that my children will. Praying will be so natural in their lives that they will whisper their “Amens” even in their sleep.
“On the contrary, it is to be a witness between us and you and the generations that follow, that we will worship the Lord at his sanctuary with our burnt offerings. Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the Lord.’”
– Joshua 22:27 (NIV)
“Father, I want to share Your love with my children. I want them to know how much You care for them. Please help me to be an example of Your love until they day they start a personal relationship with You. Show me today what I can do to start a lineage of faith for my children. Right now bring to my mind ways that I can express this love. . . .”
Alisa Hope Wagner