One of my childhood friends lost his son last week in a motorcycle accident, and my heart just aches for him and his wife. Losing a child is one of a parent’s greatest fears, for it’s just not supposed to happen, but it does happen at times. I think most parents want to see their children grow up and go off to live happily ever after and enjoy an even better life than they’ve had. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Much of our children’s lives are out of our hands, but there are steps we can take to get them started on the right path, and I believe the first and probably most important is prayer.
Praying, for most of us begins even before our children are born or even conceived. (Some of us pray and wait for years to even conceive a child.) Then there are all the prayers during pregnancy, hoping our child will be healthy, but the major prayers, I think, begin the moment we realize that we are now responsible for another human being!!
Do you remember that moment in your life? I still do; my daughter was actually already a few days old. My husband had just unlocked the door to our small apartment and swung the door wide for us to enter, and I froze right there on the spot; afraid to cross over the threshold, knowing that from that moment on, we were now responsible for the life of our beautiful little girl, who was completely helpless and totally dependent on our care! I remember looking down at her sleeping in my arms, and I knew I was not going to be a perfect mom; I’d make some mistakes, but I vowed in my heart at that moment that I’d try to be the best mom I could be, and I took an extra B-I-G step into our home.
Thankfully, we are never left completely on our own to raise our children. We can’t always be there with them, but there is One who can. We don’t have all the answers, but there is One who does! We will never have all the power it takes to heal the broken hearts and bodies, but we know there is One who knows exactly what it will take and possesses all the power to heal. This is where prayer comes in.
I often hear parents admit that they are at a loss as to how to pray even though Jesus promised us in John 14:13-14: “Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” The problem often lies in being unsure of God’s will for our children, but if it can be found in His word, then we know it has got to be His will for not only us, but our kids. One of my favorite prayers I like to pray for my family is found in the book of Philippians 1:9-11.
Paul prayed this for the church at Philippi, whom he loved, but it’s what this prayer says that I think makes it so important for us to pray for those we love most. Take a look, start checking out what’s here, and tomorrow I’d liked to tell you more about what lies inside this prayer, for I’ve already kept you long enough today. Oh, just one more neat thing about this prayer today is that it doesn’t matter how old your children are; five or fifty. This is a “one size fits all” prayer, and you can begin to pray it for your children at whatever stage they’re in!!
‘Til next time, sue