The Best Thing You Can Give Your Kids

Johnna-thumbI will just go ahead and say it . . . the day I became a mother is at the top among great days in my life. I will never forget when I saw Hannah . . . it was just a feeling that I cannot describe! You have to experience it for yourself to know the deep love, among so many other emotions, that fill your heart when you meet your child for the first time. I also had two dear sons come along, Jacob and Andrew, and I felt the same feelings of incredible love when they were born. My heart was never the same. There was now precious emotional cargo inside of me. I was always thinking of them, what I could do to better their lives, and shape them into the best people they could be.

Yet that proved to be a more complex task than I had planned on. There were almost moment-to-moment decisions that I had to make, decisions such as:

Should I let this ten-year-old girl, who is not very experienced, hold my baby? What if she drops her?

Should I have my children immunized? There is so much to be concerned about with shots, yet so many places require them!

Should I homeschool my children? Or will that harm them in some way?

As time went on, the questions didn’t stop:

Is my child experienced enough to drive alone now?

How often should my child be allowed to text with others, especially of the opposite sex?

What about music and movies? What should I allow them to see/hear or not?

Should I send my child to a state college? Or Christian college? Does it matter, in the long run?

So many questions. We have literally made thousands of decisions about our children before they are grown. We cannot possibly make perfect choices all the time, because we are human, and will surely make mistakes. But we hope to make a lot more good ones than bad ones, Amen?! How in the world can we do this? How can we protect our children from harm, point them in the right direction, and make sure they turn out to be fine people in this complex, information-saturated world we live in?

This question plagued me when I became I mother. I wanted to do everything right. I wanted to give my kids the best I could — not materially, but spiritually. I wanted to, if I could just borrow an old phrase, “raise them right!” But I knew that I couldn’t shield them from every harm, every mistake, and every poor decision. That seemed like such a scary, depressing thought. What to do?

I searched the Word of God for answers. It didn’t take me long to find good news! I began to read about something that still excites me as I write this . . . PRAYER!

Notice these verses:

“He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.” (Psalm 102:17)

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” (Proverbs 15:8)

“The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29)

Also note what Jesus did:

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12)

Wow! All night. Why do we struggle to pray for a few minutes? What is it that is so much more important to us that covering our husbands and children in prayer? I really think we need to ponder this question, because all my thinking about how to protect my children yielded this thought:

I CAN’T . . . BUT GOD CAN!

I cannot shield my kids from heartache, accident, or even poor parenting sometimes. I cannot make everything turn out right for them. But I CAN pray. I can go to the Lord, free of charge, night or day, and He hears me. Not only does He hear me, but He cares about my situations! He loves me and longs to hear about what I need! His Word tells me so!

This is quite a privilege. But how often do I pray? How much faith do I put in His ability to work for my good? The time I spend on my knees will answer that.

What about you, young mom? Do you pray? Do you bring those little ones before the Lord and ask Him to place His hand mightily upon their lives? What about you, mom of teenagers? Do you pray that God will impart wisdom to them, and be with them at every turn? Do you pray for your husband, that God will be with him and bless Him in all he does? Do you pray that your family will serve the Lord faithfully? These are all prayers that you can freely pray if you are in a right relationship with the Lord today!

The reason that I am excited about prayer is that I have seen the results of my prayers on so many occasions. The Lord has put me in places where He reminded me of prayers I prayed years before. He has been faithful to me! And yes, He has done the impossible and things that were beyond my wildest dreams. My feeble efforts at prayer have not gone unnoticed by the Lord. I only desire to pray more!

If you love your children, the best thing you can do for them is simply pray. Take time for it. Don’t pray for five minutes . . . give Him more. Get into the Scriptures and note the promises of God . . . and claim them. I believe that you will see the beautiful Hand of the Lord in ways all around you! You will crave time spent with Him and look forward to prayer times. And, I can say with all confidence, you will be blessed. And your precious children? They will be in the most excellent care. 🙂

~Johnna