Praying for children has been heavy on my heart during this current season of schools and churches closed with the need for social distancing, self isolation, and stay at home orders. I pray often that families will be able to shield children to some extent from the negative emotions that cling to this COVID-19 pandemic. After spending the past nineteen days sharing the devotions from my “Holding On and Letting Go” book, I’ve decided to move on to sharing the devotions from my “The Heart of a Child” book to help each of us pray for a child of any age, including our age.
How can my prayers for my children be more effective? What does God want for my child? What does God want for me as His child? What qualities should I grow in to become more like the child God created me to be? How would my prayer life change if I consistently approached God with the confidence of being His child? Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you understand, and live, some important traits of living and praying with the heart of a child.
Here is day one with an important reminder to pray about being directed toward God.
Directed Toward God
“Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Genesis 18:18-19 (NIV)
When do you find yourself most in need of direction? Who do you go to when you need direction? Why? Who are some of the people that have helped you along in your journey toward God? How have they helped? What direction have they given? What made their input credible? When you pray that someone would be directed toward God, are there ways that God might use you to be at least part of the answer to that prayer? How? Who are you praying for today that needs to be directed toward God?
As parents, it doesn’t usually take long for us to start to realize just how much direction our children will need. And it isn’t just the amount of direction needed that gets our attention, but the continuing nature of that direction often makes it appear that the need will never end. As we provide direction that promotes safety, education, manners, kindness, and so many other things, nothing is more important than our children being directed toward God. I ought to warn you though, when we pray for a child of any age to be directed toward God, He is most likely going to turn a mirror toward us and ask how our life directs people to Him.
As you pray for a child of any age, pray that they would be directed toward God. Pray for the courage and wisdom to be part of the directing process as God grants the opportunities. Pray to have a life that constantly seeks to be directed toward God so that you would be more aware of the direction others need. Pray that you would follow accurate direction, according to God’s Word, and that others would find their direction based in it as well.