The holidays are over and the New Year has come! I think we all are contemplating what God would have us do this year. For me, I have that pull of once again sitting in the seat of intercession, especially for my children.
Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, a church member, a neighbor–it doesn’t matter what your place in life is—you have some contact with children. Would you ask the Lord who you should be praying for? And would you join me for 30 days (starting Friday, January 2) in praying for those children in your life?
I look around at the world in which my children are growing up, and if I am not careful, I start down that familiar road of fear. I sure am glad I am not growing up in this current society, and it pains me to see all of the moral challenges with which my children are faced. However, God does not want us to fear, He wants us to have faith that He is still God and still on the Throne no matter what swirls around us. And the best way to move from fear to faith is prayer.
We don’t have perfect kids; we are not the perfect parents. But we do love our children; we are committed to training them in God’s way. We have realized that one of the greatest parenting tools is prayer. In fact, we must pray for our children.
1 Samuel 12:23 says, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.”
And Isaiah 59:15, 16 says, “And the Lord saw it…and wondered that there was no intercessor.”
Sin literally means to “miss the mark”. We don’t want to miss the mark with our children. We don’t want to sin against the Lord by failing to pray for those entrusted to us. We don’t want the Lord to look at our family and wonder why in the world we are not praying.
Webster’s Dictionary says intercession means “an entreaty or prayer on behalf of others.” An intercessor is simply someone who prays for someone else. As parents, we believe that one of our primary roles should be as intercessors for our children. We need to pray for all the children that God has put in our path.
So, will you join me? And will you invite your friends? I am thanking the Lord in advance for all the many ways He will answer our prayers.