Mother and daughter (6-7) praying by bed, close-up
Pray with your kids, Pray for your kids

“So you’re just going to throw her to the wolves?” My mother heard the question as clear as day during her devotional time.  She knew that ‘her’ was me.  I was a senior in high school, planning to go the college that gave me the best scholarship. Fortunately for me, (I thought) the college was just a subway ride away and I could stay close to my ailing mother.  Frankly, my ailing mother was in fact much healthier than I was. My mother maintained a prayer relationship with God that I could not understand at that time, but I saw its effects in her life, and ultimately on my own life. That evening when I came home from a horrific registration day and sorrowfully relayed to my mother that the administration didn’t respect my belief in God, she seemed to understand even before I told her.  Thankfully, she knew just who to talk to about her concerns. By a miracle that could have only been orchestrated by God, I did not end up going to the school I mistakenly thought was the ‘one’.  I ended up at the school that God knew was the right choice. I am convinced that if my mother was not fervently praying for me during this time, my entire life would be completely different than it is today.

Priceless Pleas

How often do you pray for your children?  What if you doubled it?   We are living in one of the most treacherous, contentious and distressing times that this world has ever seen. The messages children are facing each day tell them that they aren’t the right race, or rich, smart, skinny or sexy enough for survival in this world.

The recent riots in Baltimore were spearheaded mostly by young people whom a reporter labeled as “a generation having nothing to lose”. What a heartbreaking assessment. parentsprayer

When our children are hurting, sometimes prayer is the only action available which can begin to heal that hurt.
Those few moments of quiet time with God and your family could blossom into a source of much needed strength and stability in this unstable world.

God closely listens to our prayers.  A parent who prays fervently for his or her child is parenting through God’s hands.   Please don’t be discouraged; don’t ever feel that God has not heard your prayer.  You never know in which way He will work a situation out; God can do things that you can’t even fathom. My mother passed away years ago, but I sometimes wonder if some blessings I enjoy today are due to prayers she said for me while she was alive.

Don’t ever hesitate to present your children to the Lord; He is the only one whose love for your children rivals your own.  We should all pray for the children.  If we don’t pray for our children who will?

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