You Asked For It – Parenting

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Shannon Hansen

“How can a parent engage in spiritual warfare on behalf of their children? Please be specific. Thanks.”

Thank you for your question! As a children’s pastor, much of my time is spent in prayer for the spiritual well being of all the kids at The Well. I know the world throws a lot at our kids, more than any of us may have experienced, but there are some great, practical ways to fight for them proactively.

  1. Fight for yourself first. The same way airlines always tell you to put your oxygen mask on before assisting those around you, we must first engage our faith actively and consistently. Be a model of Christian living for your kids. If you haven’t joined us in the Triple Challenge, I encourage you to start today! Just a few minutes each day reading the Bible, praying to God, and listening to Him, can strengthen you for anything that might come your (or your child’s) way.
  2. Talk to your kids. You’ll never know how to pray on their behalf if you don’t ask them what they need. Ask questions, and then listen to their answers. Once kids know they can talk to you and God about the little things, they’ll feel more free to talk about the big things.
  3. Pray for and with your kids. James 5:16 says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (NLT) They say the best defense is a good offense. And your offensive move is prayer. Pray for your kids for protection and wisdom. Help them to read the Bible and listen to God. Then lead them in prayer, and teach them how to engage in their own spiritual battles. They can ask God for anything! I once listened to a five-year-old pray that her paper cut would heal—there’s nothing unimportant to God!
  4. Speak life over your kids. Moses was commanded to speak a blessing over Aaron and the Israelites. Traditionally, the priests would bless the people every morning after the sacrifice at the Temple. Today, many churches, including The Well, use it as a benediction. Cover your children in this blessing every single day.


“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His face upon you and give you peace.”
(Numbers 6:24-26)