One of the many principles spoken about in the Old Testament is training your children in the ways of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6). One of the ways that parents can do this is by teaching their children how to pray. Prayer can teach children many things about our relationship with God: thankfulness, love, respect, our struggles, etc. As a parent, I often wonder how much my child listens to my prayers and my advice to her to develop her prayers. I often wonder how often she listens to that advice.
Tonight, we had a young lady come forward after the speaker extended the invitation. She wanted prayers from the congregation because she did not feel like she was taking up the whole armor of God because of worldly influence at her work. It takes great courage for someone to come forward and admit they feel like they are failing God, especially at a congregation of over 500 people. I thought this would be a great opportunity to show my children that we should pray for other people when they are struggling and lift up our church family through prayer.
So later that night I had my son start off with his prayer and then my daughter was going to pray and I was going to pray last per our nightly routine. As my son was finishing his prayer I was thinking about praying for this young lady who had come forward when I almost started crying. My 6-year-old daughter started to pray for her. She asked God to help those who were not obeying to obey His word so they would not be in trouble when they died and then she asked God to help this young lady to trust in God more and to help her to be happy at work.
They do listen. They hear more than we think and they imitate more than we realize. Let us always train our children to take on the full armor of God and to follow in His word, in season and out of season.
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