DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
Today in our devotion time, I want to speak to you about Praying for Your Children. Now I realize that as I share this devotion, some of you do not have children. But do you know what you can pray for? Pray God would give you spiritual children. If there are people who you’ve led to Christ or people you’re helping to grow in Christ, those people are your spiritual children. The things we’re talking about in this particular devotion will apply to them as well as physical children.
Now I prayed for my children before they were ever born. I lifted them up to the Lord. If you don’t have children and you know that one day you will, then pray for those children before they’re ever born. Pray God’s hand would be upon them, and God will do that. There are several things that I’ve prayed for my children over the years.
The first thing you need to understand is they’re never too old for you to stop praying for them. I’m a grandfather. My children have children, and they’re growing their own families, but I still pray for my children. I met a man whose father was 100 years old. He had children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He asked him when he turned 100, “Dad, do you still pray for us kids?” He said, “I pray for every child, every grandchild, every great-grandchild. I pray for them by name every single day.”
I want to tell you what. I believe there’s something to that. God will take that and use it. You know, in that man’s life, every one of his children and grandchildren were all living for the Lord and serving the Lord. There’s something about daily, consistently saturating your children’s lives with prayer. As you pray for them, God will move. God will orchestrate things in their lives.
Secondly, you need to pray for their salvation. There’s nothing more important than praying they would come to know Christ in a personal way. Pray for their salvation. Cling to that promise, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” So pray for their salvation.
The third thing is pray they would grow into the image of Jesus, that circumstances in their lives would point them into becoming more and more and more like Jesus.
Another critical thing that I prayed for my children… Before they were ever married, I prayed for their spouses. If my children did anything right, they married well. God answered that prayer. Pray for their future spouses. Pray for that. That’s one of the most critical decisions they’ll ever make in their life. Pray for that. Much of their life, the way they go will be dependent upon whom they marry and what their marital relationship is like. Pray for their spouses. Let me just share one more thing with you that’s been a blessing to me. Pray for the things that are important to them. So often we pray for the things that are on our heart about them, but pray for what’s on their heart. Go to them. Talk to them. Say, “What’s on your heart? What can I be praying for you?” They’ll share with you the things that are important to them, and you pray about those things. I believe God will honor that, and God will use that in a great way. Pray for your children. Don’t stop praying. Persist in prayer. Don’t give up. Just keep on praying.
Acts : Chapter 16
25) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26) Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27) The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28) But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29) The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30) He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31) They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32) Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33) At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34) The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
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