Bible Ballistics: BBs #173 Praying For Our Children???
I am grieved over the things that I’ve see on social media about praying certain prayers, especially some for our children as well as others. As I’ve considered what I’ve heard and read, I’d like to offer some different advice for your consideration regarding our prayers for anyone God has placed in our lives to pray for, and who more important than our children and family.
Much of what I’ve observed focuses on praying for people to be ‘happy’, really? While I don’t pray that my children will be “unhappy”, by the same token, since happiness isn’t an end in itself, and is often deceiving, ‘happiness’ is not the focus of my praying. Happiness is generally used in relation to fortunate and convenient circumstances and surroundings– the things that “happen” to us. Because of that, ‘happiness’ can come or go depending on those very ‘circumstances’ which are often out of our control.
As I have pondered on these things, one of my favorite Bible passages came to my heart, Philippians 4:8-9:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
We Christians must always stand, share and pray that which is:
Of good report (or repute/reputation before God)–
Virtuous –(of good character before God)
Praise Worthy (God’s praise NOT man’s).
Regardless of what I might think or desire to pray for anyone, I need to be sure it agrees with what God desires! And that always includes ‘holiness’ and ‘overcoming’ lives.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” `1 John 5:4
Praying and pursuing an overcoming life that is in right relationship with the sovereign Lord God Almighty, not lives that accept and compromise with the sin of the world. God’s opinion is the only one that will count in the end, so that should be my prayer for my children and every other person I pray for; that they would be in a right relationship with God: Not in ‘words’ only, but in true ‘possession’!!! Desiring that those we pray for will trust in and come to Jesus in repentance and faith. Then their circumstances will ultimately be irrelevant to their future. When they trust in God and walk in HIS ways then HE has promised to direct their steps, and give the “peace of God” which supersedes the flighty circumstances of life. But in direct contrast, those who reject God and don’t belong to Jesus will face eternal damnation regardless of the so-called “happiness” they experience in this world. How empty the ‘happiness’ of the world is without the ‘peace of God’. Only those who know Jesus have the ‘peace of God’ and we ought to pray for all to come to know Him, especially our own children. (See Romans 5:1-8)
We must pray that people will see that ‘sin’ is ‘sin’, because unless we see our own ‘sin’ as ‘sin’, why would we ever need a Savior? Sin is the issue—ALL SIN–Jesus himself said:
“…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…….. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Portions of John 3:3-7
Only when our child (or anyone) is ‘born again’ can we have the assurance that we will spend eternity with them; regardless of whether their life on this earth has been “happy” or not. My prayer is that my children will be right with God, more than right with the world, or ‘happy’ with their choices, especially those that go against the Word of God. I challenge us to courageously pray with biblical integrity, not to settle for the lies of the enemy of our souls!
May we pray for strength and courage for others–
Strength for those days that will demand much of them and courage to persevere in truth regardless of their circumstances or temptations.
May we pray that they will be humble and gracious—
Humble in those days when they do find happiness in their circumstances and successes, and that they will be balanced in their actions and relations with God and others. And gracious character that others will see Jesus/God in them and desire to know the Savior they love and serve in obedient submission to HIS Word.
May we pray, most importantly, that they come to be ‘children of God’:
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 (It’s a work of God not man!!!)
May we pray ceaselessly for our loved ones and our world? May we pray biblical prayers full of truth with integrity toward God and man? May we rest on the sovereign power and goodness of God, speaking the truth in love and knowing that God is working all things to the good of those who will come to HIM?
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
May we truly love others and pray:
in accord with God’s Word–
desiring God’s eternal “blessing” on them in salvation-
rather than the often-empty “happiness” of the world!