Calling all moms and dads! I think most of us would agree that, in raising children, there are some seasons where we feel at peace and hopeful and then other seasons where life may feel shaky and scary. At times those peaceful seasons may allow us to feel like we are doing a good job as parents, that we are cruising through this thing called life and raising little ones. Maybe we praise God for those times or maybe we lean on our own experience and understanding, not remembering to thank Him or pray to Him. Then during those shaky and scary seasons, we may begin to feel uneasy like we don’t know where we are heading and guiding our family. Are we making the right big decisions? Little decisions? Are we trusting that God has our children in His care? Are we acknowledging God and his power to guide us? I have witnessed the power of prayer in my life and the lives of so many other believing parents around me. Those who are seasons ahead of us in parenting, their example to follow God, trust in Him and pray for wisdom and guidance during all seasons is something that I aspire to do. So over the next several months I want to share some Biblical Virtues we can pray for our children. Knowing that as we pray specifically for our children, God will be answering them for His purposes and our good. I trust God that as we do so, uniting in prayer through the Holy Spirit and the power of Jesus, our faith will be stronger and He will give us peace in this area. Thank you Lord for your promises in the Bible! I will begin by sharing 3 virtues this week.
Salvation. “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. (Isaiah 45:8, 2 Timothy 2:10)
Growth in Grace. “I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18)
Love. “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:2)
(from excerpt by author Bob Hostetler)