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. This is day four of 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. 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 four with an important reminder to know what a life that goes well looks like from God’s perspective . . . and then live that way.
A Life That Goes Well
“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time.”
Deuteronomy 4:39-40 (NIV)
Has your definition of what “life going well” looks like changed over time? In what way? Why? What is the most important part of living a life that goes well? Why? Are you more focused on helping children get what they want or on finding what they need to live a good life? Why? What’s the difference? What does obedience to God have to do with a life that goes well? Does your level of obedience serve as a good example to the next generation? How has your obedience, or lack of it, impacted the people around you? Would you be more obedient if you were to realize how much doing so helps life to go well for others? Why?
I suspect that we all want a life that goes well for the children around us and for the child within us. Praying that it goes well is a great start, but our obedience to God is where our prayers are put into action in this matter. While it can be easy to focus on the stuff that this world offers, Jesus asked, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?”. Praying that life goes well means that we are asking God to help a person live in obedience so their soul is not lost.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to help you pray from a position of obedience. Pray that God would give you an eternal perspective to what is needed for life to truly go well. Pray that you would practice a life of obedience that helps life to go well for the child in you and for those children around you. Pray for hearts of understanding in you and in the children you pray for, so each of you would know God’s perspective of what a life that goes well looks like.