Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work. – Oswald Chambers
As a parent, grandparent and children’s pastor, I increasingly realize the pressing need for prayer in the home. If I could go back and do just one thing over as a parent, I would pray more. The best advise I can give to parents is to pray consistently in the home.
Pray to Know God: Prayer and meditation on God’s Word gives us assurance that God is who he says he is and that he will do as he say he’ll do. Our weakness of faith is a detriment to our family. The more we know God the better equipped we are to lead our family to truly know him.
“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.” – J. I. Packer
Pray to Depend on God: Too often, I try to handle (or not) the anxieties and stresses of life on my own. Doing so, I missed important opportunities to reassure myself and my children that God is sufficient for all things.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6
Pray For Your Children: You can’t save your children. Only God can do that. As important as our role is in discipling our children (and it is), they would be eternally lost without the grace and regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t let health, safety and success concerns dominate your prayers. Pray for your child’s heart and character to be transformed to the image of Christ and for the glory of God.
“Salvation belongs to the Lord!” – Jonah 2:9
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8
Pray With Your Children: I don’t know a better way to build a child’s confidence in God than praying with them about the concerns and joys of life. Take the truths of Scripture and turn them into personal prayers. Even better, write down prayer requests to track and thank God together as he meets each need.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.“ – 1 John 5:14-15
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” – Psalm 145:18
I hope to see you at Cottonwood Creek or online this Sunday.