Last week, I mentioned how I wanted to pray for my children more. I talked about how I wanted them to be filled with the joy of the Lord; but as I looked at verses about the joy of the Lord, it was interesting to see that joy came as a by-product of a right relationship with God.
We saw that in John 15 where it talked about abiding in Jesus. I love verse 5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Verse 11 ends the passage by saying, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
Continuing with the idea of bearing much fruit, we looked at Galatians 5:22 where one of the fruit of the Spirit is joy — but we won’t have that joy unless we are Spirit-controlled.
Looking at these verses showed me that I need to be praying for my children to have a walk with a God that will bear the fruit of joy in their life rather than be filled with the joy of the Lord. Joy of the Lord will be a natural by-product of a righteous life.
So here is the first way can pray for our children to abide or to have a righteous life:
Pray that they will be genuinely saved.
All five of five children have prayed and asked Christ to be their Savior. Only God sees the heart and knows who has made a genuine decision of salvation. A fear I have is that my children, who have grown up in a not just a Christian home but also in a pastor’s home, will have just gone through the motions or that they will have prayed a prayer that they did not really think about. They just did it because they knew they should. As children grow into the teen years where some teens are more independent and rebellious than others, sometimes the fruit of the Spirit is not very evident; therefore the joy of the Lord is not evident either. When I see this in my own children, I am even more burdened to pray that if their conversion experience was not genuine, that they will be truly convicted of their need of a Savior.
Here are some verses that can aid us in praying for our children’s salvation (and anyone’s salvation):
- Pray verses such as 2 Corinthians 7:10a that they will have “godly sorrow (which) worketh repentance to salvation.”
- Pray that the Father will draw them to Himself. (“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:” John 6:44)
- Pray that God will open their hearts like He opened Lydia’s heart. (Acts 16:14, “whose heart the Lord opened”)
- Pray that the blinding influence of Satan would be removed so that they can see the glorious gospel of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:4 — “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”)
- Pray that they will seek after God. We can pray that they will not be happy or fulfilled until they realize they have a God-shaped hole that only God can fill. “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:” Acts 17:27)
- Pray that other Christians would come along their path to lead them to Christ. (“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38)
- Pray that God’s desire for all people would be accomplished in their lives. (“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9)
And here are important prayers for my life as I do not want to be a stumbling block:
- Pray that my light will shine so that my children will want to know my Savior. (“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16)
- Pray that I will not be hypocritical in my Christian walk. (“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” Philippians 2:15)
Next week, I will share more prayer requests we can pray for our children and their spiritual walk.
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