by Dr. Bryan Williams
Psalm 127 is one of my favorite Psalms. It is a great Biblical lesson on the role of a parent in a child’s life. It says:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies at the gate.”
In this Psalm, we see a few things. First, our homes and families have to be built upon God. Any other foundation is something that is futile. Second, we see that children are given to us as a gift from God, and it is a gift that comes with great responsibility. Once we start a family, our decisions no longer impact just us, they impact our children, and some of those decisions can impact them their entire lives.
One of the most powerful things we can do for our children and family is to pray over them and with them. I recently read an article that shared 10 things to pray for and with your child. I thought these were great points that I wanted to list:
Pray that your kids connect with God.
Pray that your children will honor God.
Pray that they translate that honor into action.
Pray that they are well-equipped to meet every daily need.
Pray that your children forgive.
Pray that they avoid temptation.
Pray that they will have the resources to defeat everything negative.
Pray that they will develop relationships that serve to strengthen them.
Pray that love will define them.
Pray for the strength of the family.
The key thing for us to remember as parents is that we need to be on our knees. I think as a parent, we realize early on – even if we haven’t really prayed much before – that nothing will put you on your knees in prayer quite like becoming a parent!
Another thing to remember is that you don’t need a Ph. D. to pray over and with your children. Prayer is simply talking to God. While God deserves our utmost respect, He also wants us to have a personal relationship with Him, and we can go to Him in prayer just as we are having a dignified and respectful conversation with God.
It’s important that we teach our children that they can also talk with God, and how important it is that He is the foundation for their own lives.
I get to hear our CMDS students pray on a regular basis, and it is often through their voices that I learn the most about praying. There is nothing more refreshing than hearing a child-like prayer offered up to God.
We pray over and for your children at CMDS regularly. I challenge you as a parent to spend time praying over them and alongside them. I think you will see your relationship with not only God grow, but also with your child.
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