One of the Greatest Things You Can Do for Your Children
“When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular practice.” Job 1:5
We all have routines that we follow most days. We drive to work the same way, we get ready each morning the same way, we get the kids up and ready in the same manner each day, and so many more things we do each day that become routine to us. They have become so routine that we do not even have to think about it much. Routines can become monotonous but disciplining ourselves to get certain things done each day can be quite helpful and useful.
I have long believed that we need to set aside a certain time each day to spend time with God in His Word and in prayer. This discipline should not be approached in a monotonous manner but in a way that will help us grow spiritually. We need that discipline.
With our children, most of us are good at pushing them to do their best at all they do in life. We try our best to equip them with every good thing we can. As I was reading Job 1:5, I was reminded of one the best things we can do for our children. The Bible says in the verse that it became the regular practice of Job to pray for his children every day.
As I read that passage, I do not believe that this was a mundane activity for Job. It was not something he just checked off his list. The verse says he got up early to pray for them. I am convinced from reading that verse that he prayed passionately for them and the direction of their lives.
With Job, there was a true concern for their spiritual well-being, a godly concern which every parent must have for his children. It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their heart, said Job. He knew the temptations of this world and that is precisely why he prayed daily for his kids.
As I grew up, I knew that my parents prayed for me and my siblings daily. I have done the same for my children. I have been blessed to see God answer so many of my prayers when it comes to my children. He truly has been faithful!
I pray that God would give each of us a passion to pray for our children as never before. I sincerely believe that it is one of the greatest things we can do for them in this life!