Salvation and Redemption is at the heart of the gospel and of the Father God (John 3:16), and as a ministry, our continuous prayer is that in the name of Jesus, there shall be salvation, healing, renewal, transformation and new beginnings in the lives of our children, young adults and the family as a whole.
My encouragement for every parent I meet is to be a praying parent, and not just passively but actively and with expectations that God will save my child, (Isaiah 49:25, James 5:16). If you have done all that you could as a parent and it hasn’t given you a positive result, why not pray? Learning to take all our anxieties
and fears of our parenting to God in prayers and more especially taking the time to study His word and applying it, is tremendously powerful, (Matthew11:28-30). Abraham Lincoln said of his mum, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” The best gift a parent can give their child is to entrust them fully into God’s powerful hands and His kind heart. Parenting is not easy, its time consuming and requires a lot of dedication and selflessness but knowing the best source of help is unquantifiable. Whatever stage of parenting you’re at and regardless of their age or situations they’re in, it is never too late to pray for them, even if you think you have made mistakes (and who doesn’t), God’s desire is that you will come to Him and ask for help, (Matthew 7:7-8).
Part of being a parent, is fighting spiritual battles. You must have strong desperation to cry out to God for your child’s salvation and see the power of the Gospel change their lives. The purpose of our prayer meeting is to encourage one another and be willing to take necessary actions as will be recommended by God’s word and others experiences. There is a battle over our children’s lives that must be won and who but Jehovah God who has never lost any battle can help us.
Be willing, be ready, find your strength in Him and stand against anything that is not His will in your children’s lives, Ephesians 6:10-18 amp; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5). It’s been said that a baby never comes with a manual but that should not stop us from finding out the best way of bringing them up and giving them God’s best. As Christian parents, in addition to praying, we should be willing to learn from one another and especially from older women of their parenting experiences, (Titus 2:4-5). Moreover, we are not to be ignorant of our greatest enemy, satan and his associates, who would do anything in their limited power to jeopardise our joys of parenting, (1 Peter 5:6-10).
R.A. Torrey in his book, The Power of Prayer said, “Oh, mothers and fathers, it is your privilege to have every one of your children saved. But it costs something to have them saved. It costs your spending much time alone with God, to be much in prayer, and it costs also your making those sacrifices and straightening
out those things in your life that are wrong; it costs fulfilling the conditions of prevailing prayer. And if any of you have unsaved children, when you go home today get alone with God and ask God to show you what it is in your own life that may be responsible for their present condition”. (I’ll write more on family negative patterns and circles in another blog). If you are willing to do parenting God’s way and not your way or the way the world recommends, God’s word
can help us through every stage of our parenting and praying actively, within His will and expectantly can actualise all of God’s promises for them Stormie Omartian said “It’s the best of jobs but It’s also the most difficult of jobs. It can bring you the greatest joy. It can cause the greatest pain. There is nothing as
fulfilling and exhilarating. There’s nothing so depleting and exhausting. No area of your life can make you feel more like a success when everything is going well. No area of your life can make you feel more like a failure when things go wrong”. With that in mind, let’s make a conscious decision to seek and do parenting God’s way. He said our children shall be taught by Him and great shall be their peace, (Isaiah 54:13).
Pray God’s peace over your life, I pray His grace will open the hearts of our children to Him, I pray our children shall live a life that glorifies God and bring honour to us. I pray that God’s love will overflow their lives, I pray they shall grow in the knowledge of God, I pray for the grace for them to understand and uphold what really matters, I pray for the grace for them to live a pure and blameless life, I pray for a righteous character and for them to live their lives for Christ, I pray we shall not labour over them in vain, I pray our children shall not suffer for the sins of others, I pray as you wait on the Lord for your children’s salvation and anything else you are believing God for in their lives, it shall manifest, you will see the goodness of the Lord over your children in the land of the
living and His goodness, mercy and love shall follow then all the days of their lives and by the grace, the shed blood and the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus for us on the cross of Calvary, we will all inherit the kingdom of God and live happily ever after with Him.
Lastly, I declare Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17-19a over you: I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Every blessing and peace to you always