Two weeks ago, Susie and I married off our last child, Sara. It was an amazing event.
Being a bonafide empty-nester now has caused me to do some reflecting, mainly on God’s goodness and mercy. Susie and I have been parents since 1986. We’ve somehow managed to raise three kids who love Jesus. What a blessing, especially given the war our culture has declared on our youth.
In all my reflections, I’ve found that I can point to only one thing that Susie and I really got right in our parenting. And I want to share it with you now:
Susie and I may not have done anything else right, as we are far from perfect parents. But the one thing we did do was pray faithfully, daily and unceasingly with and for our kids. I urge you to commit to do that now, no matter how young or old your kids are.
PRAY FOR YOUR KIDS EVERYDAY.
We started praying for Will III, Emily and Sara before they were born. We prayed God’s Word over their lives.
Here are three very specific requests we made for our kids that God honored:
- We prayed that they would come to faith at an early age and that they would love Jesus
- We prayed that they would love the Church
- We prayed for their future spouses…that they too would love Jesus and love his Church
By God’s grace we’ve seen those prayers answered. Each of our kids came to faith in Jesus at an early age, and each loves Jesus today. Each of our kids loves Jesus’ Church and is serving in some form of Christian ministry. And each married a strong believer who equally loves Jesus and his Church.
That’s just about all that any praying parent could ask for their kids.
Susie and I are humbled and blessed by God’s favor to us and to our kids. And I can tell you today with unwavering confidence that what we see in our kids’ lives and marriages is the fruit of over two decades of prayer.
There are, of course, many other things we prayed with and for our children, as God’s Word is an endless supply of powerful prayer promises. As you read God’s Word, ask him for promises to pray for your kids. He will graciously give them to you.
And so fellow parents, that is by far the best parenting advice I can give you–PRAY FOR YOUR KIDS! God will honor it.
**If you’d like a great, practical resource on how to pray for your kids, I encourage you to buy my book Pray Big for Your Child. In the book, I walk you through praying for your child from the time before they are born, through all of their various stages of life and up to their adulthood. The book has hundreds of scriptural pinpoint prayers to help you get started praying God’s Word over your child’s life. You’ll find it to be a very helpful resource.
Now, let’s pray for our kids!