were the words uttered from my child’s mouth during bedtime prayers. While to some it may be crazy that these words would flow from a three year old, it really is coming from her because it first came from us. As parents we are role models for our family. My daughter takes on the things she sees around her: how we talk, how we react, how we treat others, and how we pray. She baffles me with the things she says. But when I think she isn’t listening… she is. How do I know? Because in a quick moment of prayer for the hurting babies and the mean people who hurt them. She wants to pray for them too. I love that about her and I hope it doesn’t change.
Truth is that it might. But God has entrusted her to us and we need to prepare her for battle. Battles of spiritual warfare and principalities that are not of the heavenly realm. Teaching her to pray for others has been the topic over the last few weeks. How do we do that? How do we pray for the kid who pushes her at the playground? How do we teach her to pray for the classmate who “accidentally” pokes her with the scissors? How do we approach teaching her to pray for the mean kid or the mean people who hurt their babies? It’s tough!
We pray for others, even the mean ones, because it helps change us. It changes our perspective and it helps God give us his love for others. Is it easy? Well, you try it and let me know.
But If we just took the time to pray for others including ourselves how would our own reactions and emotions change? Who knows maybe the children around us would do the same. Don’t add to an already corrupt world. Instead turn it around. Speak peace, control anger, change words, love your babies, pray for your enemies and one day they might just pray for you.
James 5:16 (NLT)
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Please humble me as a person and as a parent. Though I may not always want to confess my misgivings (including words and actions) please help me to teach my children the power of prayer and forgiveness for others. It’s tough and it is not always easy. Thank you for your grace as you guide us through this process together. May these times soften our hearts and open them for the love you pour over us. In your loving Son’s name we pray, Amen.