Praying for Our Kids

About thirty folks from Happy gathered at the school this morning to pray for our kids. Last Wednesday night we had a special prayer for our school kids during our Bible class time.

I’m glad we do that, in Happy, Texas – and I’m glad that millions of other good folks are doing the same things in communities around America. It is encouraging to see people turning to God for help.

But, I want you to know, it’s not enough!

No, I don’t mean that God’s help is not enough, nor do I mean to suggest prayer is not powerful in its effects. What I mean is just this: We are praying for our kids not to get involved with drugs and alcohol and promiscuity and all of the other things that will plague their lives should they get involved with them.

But, are we training our kids to be righteous? Are we raising them to be servants of God, or are we raising them to be great athletes? Are we training them that God is first, or that their studies are more important? Are we more delighted at the prospect of their being popular, or at their presence in Bible classes and the worship each week?

You see, our children can be popular (to a degree). They can be fine students and tremendous athletes… but if they are not servants of God first, then they are nothing!

So, parents, what are you teaching your kids? Do you drink… or use bad language… or lie… or deceive… or bend the rules a bit? Does work come before worship? Do you miss more Bible classes in a year than you miss your kid’s ball games in a lifetime? Do you permit your kids to miss the worship and Bible studies for things that you would never dream of letting them miss school… or a football practice for?

If so, then welcome to the club, for we have all failed our children and our God in days gone by, but the question you have to answer now is, “What will you do from this point forward?” If you want your children to abstain from sin, then, guess what – you have to do the same. If you want them to put God first, then you have to lead by example.

A good child being trained to be a good adult does not come easy – it takes commitment! It takes time! It takes sacrifice! It takes loving God with all of your heart and soul and mind and strength! If you are willing to do these things, then I believe your prayers will be heard and answered with the full power of God to help you and them.

But if we ever think for a moment that we can live like we want and then ask God to clean up the mess, it just won’t work. I know… for I have tried that very thing in my life.

So, let us pray for our kids – by all means, let us pray for our kids. But let us also live a life that is consistent with the very prayers we offer! One last thing: Thank you, thank you, thank you, to those who see the need for prayer for our kids! It is a great beginning!

“Is any of you in trouble? He should pray.” James 5:13