You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the Lord, have created it. -Isaiah 45:8
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. -2 Timothy 2:10
These were the verses listed for the prayer of salvation over my kids this week. I really don’t like reading just one verse because it is usually very easy to take things out of context when you don’t have the rest of the story. So I decided to read through both of these chapters to get more of the story.
Throughout this chapter in Isaiah, we are reminded that there is only one true God and that our salvation in Him is where we find our comfort. I loved reading this with my children’s salvation in mind. My hope is that they learn quickly in life that people may come and go, things may be here one minute and gone the next, but they can find comfort in the salvation that God offers through Jesus.
In 2 Timothy, we find the encouragement that Paul sends to the church at Ephesus through Timothy. He reminds them to endure through the tough times of Nero so that they can fully benefit in God’s salvation and so that they can lead others to God. Right now I feel like I’m in this place. My kids are 5 (almost 6), 4, and 1 (for all practical purposes). They are learning so much right now, but they are wearing my patience out. I didn’t even pray for patience, but I guess I was not where I needed to be. 🙂 My oldest has already decided to allow God to be the boss of his life, and I can honestly say that I have seen that evidence in his behavior. Besides being a boy and doing what boys do, he has a servant’s heart and will do anything for his family and friends as well as complete strangers. My middle child, well, let’s just say God was probably laughing a little when he decided she would be with me. I’m low key (for the most part) but she is the most high maintenance 4 year old girl have ever seen. Like I mentioned in the last post, we have been dealing with an attitude of entitlement, which has gotten somewhat better. My prayers really were leaning more toward her that God would take her heart and make her submissive. I realize that one day her spunk will be used for the good but for now it’s about to drive me up the wall. As for the baby, I pray that he will see the good examples set before him through his parents and siblings and come to know the salvation that God has for him. I appreciate Paul’s encouragement to endure everything so that others may obtain salvation.
Until next time…
Ok, so satan has a way of attacking when we get ready to do something great for God. I truly believe that we have a spiritual battle that we fight daily for our kids. My 4 year old, (going on 24) has had this attitude lately that she is entitled to whatever she wants. Now, don’t get me wrong, as adults we do the same thing. That is one reason our national debt is so large. We don’t want to EARN anything, but want it all given to us. My husband and I have been trying to figure out a way to change her heart when it comes to this. I mean, she is our princess, but we don’t want her to actually know that. 🙂
I have sought out wise council from some dear friends of mine, and what do you know, one of them told me to pray for her, with her, and over her. It’s funny how God bring things back in front of you if you don’t get them the first time. As I looked over these verses to pray over my children, the first one that I really wanted to pray about was #30, gratitude. I thought, that is exactly what she needs right now. However, being the rule follower that I am, I decided to do these in order. I was amazed at what God showed me next. The very first thing to pray for is their salvation. My 5 year old (almost 6) son has already made the choice to follow Jesus and for that I am forever grateful. Our youngest is about to turn 1, so he’s not to the point of understanding all of that, but the middle child is at the age where it is uber-important for us to make sure she understands God’s gift of salvation. She is a little sponge, and because she’s been spoiled (mostly by grandparents- with a dash of mom and dad thrown in), she is soaking up the gimme disease. My prayer is that she will understand that when we have asked Jesus to be the one we follow, that we realize we don’t deserve anything but death and destruction. A little deep for a 4 year old? Maybe somewhat, but not totally impossible to understand.
My kids are all very young (my oldest is just starting kindergarten this fall). I have tried as a parent to teach them the kind of character that God wants them to have through reading their Bibles with them and leading by example. However, I was convicted the other day about how much I pray for them to have those virtues that God’s word teaches us to strive toward. I can use all the tools that God has given us as parents to help them learn how to live and follow God’s will, but ultimately He is the One who puts it on their hearts to do something. I can only hope that I have given them the instruction and tools necessary to desire to be in God’s will with their lives. I found this on Pinterest (a place I am constantly reminded how much time I don’t have on my schedule), and it really made me think about my prayers for my kiddos. I want to spend some time each week praying these verses over my kids and just see what happens. I’ll be posting throughout this time of prayer for each of my kids so check back as I share what God is doing in their lives as well as mine.
What ways have you taught your kids how to live as God intends us to?