OUR PRIESTLY RESPONSIBILITY
1 Samuel 12:23, “God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.”
We cannot underestimate the power of prayer. It is more powerful than anything else we can do for our children. In Exodus 28:29 God instructed that Aaron should bear the names of the children of Israel “upon his heart… for a memorial before the Lord continually.”
The memorial is a remembrance. When we bring our children before the Lord we remind Him of them. Of course, God knows them, but He wants us to remind Him of them. . There can be no more powerful thing a parent can do that to bring the names of their children before the Lord. Every day you can remind the Lord of your children.
This was such a high priority to God that He made it very tangible and practical. He didn’t just say, “I want Aaron to pray for the tribes of Israel when he comes into my presence.” Instead, He ordained for their names to be engraved on precious stones on his shoulders and on beautiful jewels over his heart.
I know your children’s names are upon your heart, but you may also like to write, engrave or make something tangible that you can take into God’s presence when you pray for them each day. I like to lay my hand over my heart as I pray for my children each day, emphasizing the fact that they are upon my heart. I have also written the names of our children and grandchildren on decorated paper and the prayer requests on another paper which I have laminated. Although we pray for them verbally, I like to place this before the Lord as we pray. I may not get to verbally bring every request I have listed before the Lord each day, but at least they are presented before Him.
These are some of the things that Colin and I pray for our children and grandchildren each day…
That they will have a real born again experience and come to know God personally. (John 3:3)
That they will have soft, tender hearts to hear the voice of the Lord and that they will walk humbly before Him. ((Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5-6)
That they will love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. (Mark 12:50)
That God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon them. (Isaiah 44:3-4)
That they will love the Word of God, love to pray, and love to fellowship with the saints. (1 Peter 2:2; Psalm 55:17; Hebrews 10:25)
That they will love righteousness and hate evil. (Psalm 97:10; 101:3; Amos 5:15; John 17:15-16; Romans 12:9)
That they will hate lies and deception and seek after truth. (Psalm 51:6; 119:30; 163; Proverbs 12:22; 13:5; 19:9)
That they will stand up for truth and never compromise; that they will stand and keep on standing against all opposition. (Ephesians 6:13-14)
That they will hate the spirit of this world, but instead, bring God's love and salvation to the needy in this world. (John 17:18; Philippians 2:15; 1 John 2:15-17)
That they will understand true justice and have discernment regarding good and evil, the holy and the profane. (Leviticus 10:10; Isaiah 59:14-15; Jeremiah 15:19; Ezekiel 22:26)
That they will seek God with all their hearts. (Psalm 27:8; 105:4; 119:2; Proverbs 28:5; Zephaniah 2:3)
That their whole spirit, soul and body will be kept pure and blameless unto the coming of the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
That God will give them godly wives and husbands. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
That they will love and embrace children and establish godly homes. (Psalm 27 and 28: Malachi 2:15)
That God will keep them from accident, harm, sickness and danger, and all enemy attack. Psalm 91)
We also pray for the coming generations that they will continue to walk in the ways of the Lord.
“Thank you, Lord, that you have ordained that I am to remind you of our children and grandchildren. Help me to be a faithful remembrancer before your throne. Amen”
I will not cease to pray for my children.
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