Praying for children has been heavy on my heart during this current season of school and church buildings being 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 eleven 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 eleven with an important reminder that our actions reflect what, and who, is at the center of our life.
Live With Right and Pure Conduct
“Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.“
Proverbs 20:11 (NIV)
How do you decide what is pure and right? Why? Would your typical actions make others believe you are one who seeks to do what is pure and right? Why? How difficult is it to choose pure and right conduct all the time? Does a person’s reputation require perfection in all of their actions? Why? Do your expectations of others exceed that of your own conduct? Why? When you think about a child of any age, how much help do they need to maintain appropriate conduct? Who do they need that help from? Who do you need help from in order to live pure and right?
It seems that every generation gets tagged with a label based on the perceived conduct of those who garner the most attention. Few of us like labels that are inaccurate — especially if the inaccuracies paint us in a negative way. On the other hand, none of us are perfect, so how we are viewed will always be based on what is most visible in our life. Our influence in the lives of others will generally lead them further into, or further away from, pure and right conduct. Looking for the good in others will not only make it more visible to us, it will make it more desirable to them.
As you pray for a child of any age, ask God to fill them with a desire to do what is right and pure in His eyes. Pray that you would live as an example to those around you. Pray that you would not expect perfection but would look for the pure and right conduct in others in order to nurture it. Pray that the view of pure and right that you seek and share would always be based on what God says. Pray that the children around you, and the child within you, would always be known for pure and right conduct.