When my wife and I became parents for the first time it was an amazing experience! It was brand new territory for us with the unknown as vast as the Grand Canyon. September 5, 1990 our journey began and with it some serious questions.
Are we prepared to be parents?
What happens if we make a mistake?
What will we do if something goes wrong?
Will we be able to release our children when the time comes?
What about grandchildren? Then what?
These are questions that every single parent asks, and with good reason. When Dawn and I became parents we were blessed to both be born again and serving the Lord. What I am about to write sit he most important point in this blog:
There is a big difference between Christian parents and parents who are not!
Like night and day! And here is the thing, most Christians do not even take advantage of the most important privilege that they have as Christian parents. I could write about all kinds of practical suggestion for all kinds of practical parenting questions, but I’m not. As a Christian parent here is the most important, most productive, most life affecting thing you can do: pray for your children. I am going to personalize this prayer found in Ephesians 3:14-21 for my children:
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant my children, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His spirit in my children’s inner man. That Christ may dwell in my children’s hearts through faith; that my children, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – that my children would know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that my children may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in my children, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, and forever. Amen!”