When Dads Pray For Their Kids
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. (3 John 1:4 ESV)
My son began his Junior year of high school this week. He is an exceptional student, an accomplished actor, a naturally-gifted vocalist, and a diligent employee. And He loves Jesus.
My daughter is a Freshman at Liberty University, majoring in Speech Communications. She is a natural leader, a loyal friend, a faithful worker, and gifted vocalist. And she loves Jesus.
The aged Apostle John wrote several letters to individuals/churches with whom he had personal relationship. In fact, these were not just friends of his; he considered them sons and daughters.
For some time now I have a personal rhythm of prayer that includes spending time every week praying for my physical and spiritual sons and daughters. I take this responsibility seriously and consider it an incredible privilege to have a voice of influence into their lives.
There is no greater joy that I have experienced than to know that my Gabby and Kaleb – and my spiritual children – are seeking after God’s heart. They are not perfect, but they are committed to following and serving Jesus
Today I am reminded of two truths:
1. I am first a son, before I am a father. I pray that I would bring joy to my parents and the other spiritual influences in my life, as I pursue Jesus everyday.
2. I am a father, whose privilege is to love, protect, serve, and pray for my children.
What would the world look like if more men chose to occupy the role of a father in the faith? I think son and daughters would be released into greatness!!
Today I pray for Gabby and Kaleb to experience Your joy and peace. I also pray for all of my spiritual sons and daughters to prosper and be in health, even as their souls prosper.
And I pray that I would be a faithful son. I love being Your son.