A few weeks ago, I felt God placing it on my heart to encourage community among praying parents on Instagram. And then I thought that maybe I should post it to the blog as well; the bigger this prayer community, the more people praying together, the better. So on Mondays, I will try to post a certain theme, scripture, or character attribute that we can collectively pray over our children.
Some of you have been praying for your children even before they were born and some of you may be starting today. Some of you are praying over littles and some of you may be praying over adult children or grandchildren. Some of you may even be praying for friends, neighbors, or relatives. Every one is a child of God. We are all coming from a different place in life, but however you may come, we are all here together. We share a common bond with our children and in our God.
I am reminded of the faithfulness of Hannah; how she gave her child, Samuel, in service to God. Every day he was on her lips in prayer. Every. Single. Day. She didn’t pray for riches or greatness in the world. She prayed that he might be a blessing to others and bring honor to God. Ellen White in her book Patriarchs and Prophets says this,
“From the earliest dawn of intellect she had taught her son to love and reverence God and to regard himself as the Lord’s. By every familiar object surrounding him she had sought to lead his thoughts up to the Creator. When separated from her child, the faithful mother’s solicitude did not cease. Every day he was the subject of her prayers. Every year she made, with her own hands, a robe of service for him; and as she went up with her husband to worship at Shiloh, she gave the child this reminder of her love. Every fiber of the little garment had been woven with a prayer that he might be pure, noble, and true. She did not ask for her son worldly greatness, but she earnestly pleaded that he might attain that greatness which Heaven values–that he might honor God and bless his fellow men” (p. 572).
So I will be doing the same and I ask that you join me. Let us surrender our children to the Lord every day; relinquish control to a Father who loves them like no other. We don’t have to raise our children alone. We are able to partner with Christ in raising them. “We don’t want to limit what God can do in our children by clutching them to ourselves and trying to parent them alone” (The Power of a Praying Parent, p. 33). In our weakness, He has promised to be our strength. With every action and every decision, we can rely on His power, His wisdom and His guidance. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Let us also pray that our children will be a blessing to others and bring honor to our Lord. To become who God has intended them to become and to give their lives in service to Christ.
Yes, that might mean that your child may be unpopular. That might mean that your child may be different. That might mean your child may be rejected by the world. But if we look at the life of Christ, wasn’t He those things as well? Christ says this about those who will follow Him until the end, “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man” Luke 6:22. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” John 15:19. So no, we are not praying for popularity and worldly love and support. This world’s love is conditional and fleeting. This world will pass away. This world is not our home.
Together, let us surrender our children to our Father and partner with Him in raising them. Let us pray that our children may be a blessing to others in this world and always bring honor to Christ; and that their eyes will forever remain upon Jesus.