07 Aug Pray for Your Children
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Psalm 5:11 NIV
With all the back-to-school sales and book bag displays in the stores, I’m reminded of how quickly I’ll be pushing up my sleeves and getting ready to dig in with my daughter on another year of homeschooling. I know some have already started their school year. There are others who will be starting in a few weeks. No matter the differences with the start date, there is something we all need to be doing for our children: praying for them.
I love reading the news. I go to various news sites and try to stay current on what is happening in our country, as well as the world around us. Unfortunately, I continue to read stories of children being harmed, especially in the places we hope are safe for them. More and more, I see news reports of those in authority being charged with various offenses related to hurting our children; people we believe should have been looking after these children’s best interests.
As a parent, my heart breaks for those families whom have been victimized by individuals taking advantage of their positions and looking at only their own immoral and broken interests. I look back at my own experiences in the school system and elsewhere. I could easily have been a victim, as my socioeconomic status propelled me to a “high risk” category for these predators. I actually can look back and note the red flags that surrounded me. And by God’s grace, I was not a victim. But, the media continues to shed light on the issue of children and their safety. Maybe once upon a time, we were able to trust others with our children without a shadow of a doubt. But, the truth is that although “stranger danger” tips were considered a way to save keep our children safe, over 90% of children who are victims know their abusers. And with the school year starting up again, I encourage you to pray for your children.
Pray for your child, niece/nephew, grandchild, or any other children you may know. They need your prayers. Our children are the next generation of anything and everything. And if the devil can continue to create chaos and damage to these littles, what will this impact be for our children’s future and that of the world? Will we have a future of dark despair and self-destructive behavior? Will there be a tendency to be part of this vicious cycle of harm? We need to rise up and cover our children in prayer and wisdom.
James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (NIV) Don’t think for one second that the act of prayer is useless and antiquated. I truly believe it was the prayers of my mother covering her children that kept us from the schemes of the enemy. But, this enemy does not rest and will continue to conjure up ways to harm our children. And as anyone can see, it is happening; and in the places that should be the safest. Again I say, we need to pray for our children. Even though my daughter may be homeschooled, I still need to pray. Danger comes in all forms and sizes. And as parents, we need to be vigilant and continuously leave our children at the hands of God to guard over them and protect them.