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Saturday, August 22, 2020
Prayers for our Children: Triplets of Trust
As many children return to school in these challenging times, let us be vigilant to pray for their health, protection, and safety. It reminded me of overall principles of praying for our children, as summarized in this post from the archives.
Advice in God’s Word about parenting
occurs in patterns of three, reflecting not only His Triune nature but the
family trio consisting of mother, father, and child. Scripture tells us to love,
discipline, and teach our children about His
Word, His nature, and our faith.
Just as Jesus prayed for every child of God, we should
pray for our children to be kept in the
Name of God, to be kept from evil,
and to be sanctified through His
truth (John 17:11,15,17). If
we follow this and other Biblical wisdom about parenting, we can anticipate
We see many examples in Scripture of fathers praying for
their children. Abraham prayed that God would not abandon Ishmael even though
he was conceived in opposition to God’s will (Genesis 17:18). In answer to that prayer, God promised to bless Ishmael, to make him the father of twelve princes, and to make him a great nation (v.
Even better, God promised to bless Abraham’s wife Sarah, to give
Abraham a son by her, and to make her
a mother of nations (v. 16).
These were conditional promises, so to show his honoring the covenant with God,
Abraham obeyed by circumcising himself,
Ishmael, and every male in his household (v.
King David prayed that God would spare the life of his
first child (2 Samuel 12:16), who
was deathly ill and who had been born from David’s sins of lust for Bathsheba, wife of Uriah; adultery with Bathsheba; and
murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:2-17).
He begged God in prayer so intense that he fasted,
went in (locked himself in his
prayer closet; Matthew 6:6),
and prayed all night prostrate upon
the earth (2 Samuel 12:16). Paradoxically,
when the child died, David cleansed
himself, worshipped God, and ate. His cleansing consisted of washing, anointing himself, and changing
his clothing (2 Samuel 12:20).
Although God had not answered David’s prayer as he had
hoped, David resigned himself to God’s will, saying, “Can I bring him back again? I
shall go to him, but he shall not
return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:23).This
is an excellent illustration of God knowing what we need far better than we do
(Matthew 6:8), so that we can
have faith that He will answer the prayer in the best possible way (Romans 8:28).
God allowed David the supernatural understanding that the
child was in Heaven where he would one day be reunited with him, for all who turn from their sins and place their faith in God alone are born againto everlasting life (John 3:3-8, 16).
God dealt with David’s sin by chastising him through the
death of his son, yet He responded to David’s prayer by giving him three
blessings: faith in eternal life in
which he would be united with his son, restored
marital relations with Bathsheba, and the birth of a second son, Solomon (2
David had been a man of war, which prevented him from being
the one to complete God’s temple. However, his son Solomon would be suited for
this task because God promised him rest
from all his enemies and peace and quietness for Israel throughout his
lifetime. David prayed for his son Solomon to
be a wise ruler over Israel, to
serve God, and to build His temple
in accordance with God’s will, keeping His commandments,
testimonies, and statutes (1 Chronicles 22:8,9,12; 29:19).
But as a good father should, David put his money where
his mouth was. In addition to prayer, he supported Solomon’s building of the
temple by giving him an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a
thousand thousand talents of silver;
and of brass and iron without weight,
He also gave him an abundant supply of
timber, stone and skilled workmen for the project (v. 14,
King David supported God’s will for Solomon’s life from
his abundant riches. But even if we have only meager financial resources, our
children will appreciate, remember and be blessed by our sacrificing to help pay for their education, development of their talents, missions
trips, or other opportunities in accordance with God’s specific plan for their lives.
The Bible tells us God’s general will for every child,
which is to be saved (2 Peter 3:9) by trusting in Christ's death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) as the only Way (John 14:6) to Heaven;
to love God and love one another (Matthew
22:36-40); to keep His commandments (John 14:15), to pray (1
Thessalonians 5:17), to study and share His Word (2 Timothy 4:2), to witness (Matthew 28:19-20), to be faithful to church (Hebrews 10:25), to tithe (Malachi 3:8-10), etc.
We also need to pray that God’s specific will be
fulfilled in our child’s life, calling on His promise to think of them with thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give us His desired outcome. If we call on Him, we will pray to Him, and He will listen to us. When we search
for Him with all our heart, we shall seek
Him and find Him (Jeremiah 29:11-13). It’s never
too early to start praying or God’s will for our children’s higher education, career, and even for their future spouse.
As we pray for our children, we can have faith that God knows, protects and loves them
even more than we do, understanding their every
thought, word and deed. He knows where
they have been and where they will
go and guides them with His hand where
they are. He knew them before they
were even conceived, designed their
unique being, and guided their
development during gestation. He created every child to be marvelous, fearfully and wonderfully
made (Psalm 139:1-16).
May we pray earnestly for our children as Jesus prayed
for us!May they grow in God’s grace as
Jesus did, physically, mentally and spiritually, increasing in wisdom,
stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke