I have been praying God's word over my kids. I pray lots of different verses but lately there have been a few that have caught my attention a bit more than normal. God has been reminding me of my role in children's spiritual lives. Psalm 112:1-2 vividly portrays the connection between my life in Christ and my children's lives in Christ.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. (emphasis added)
It seems pretty clear. My children will be blessed simply because I fear and honor the Lord. In that honoring and reverential fearing I create a spiritual legacy for my kids. This doesn't mean that their salvation hangs on me though. That is solely between God and them.
The prophet Hosea has strong words about this:
Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children. (Hosea 4:6)
In this passage God is bringing a charge against a people who had forgotten him. The consequences of that? They didn't just affect the first generation, but they were handed down the line.
As I read that I realize that if I am diligent to remember God and his ways, and teach them to my kids, then God will be able to bless my children all the more. It's not that the blessing is contingent on me, because God blesses whom he will and he shows no partiality (2 Chronicles 19:7). God is not forgetful. He does not neglect to realize that his people need his blessing. But my due diligence to instruct my kids opens a door to God's blessing in their lives.
I long for my kids to know God and receive his blessings. My role in that? Seeking God myself. I don't think these harsh words are meant to discourage us as parents, I think they are meant to point us in the right direction. You see, there is grace in them. Because so often I feel like I'm not doing enough. But the answer is not in the doing, it's in the being. Just being before God, knowing him, serving him wholeheartedly, and following his ways will open amazing doors for my kids.
It's God who will draw them, he pulls my kids to his side. I can't push them there. But I can go there myself. My first focus as a mom should be seeking Jesus first.
Seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33, emphasis added
Doesn't God know my heart's desire? All these things include my children's hearts. I know that they will grow up and they will make their own choices in life. My hope and prayer is that they will choose God. However, I cannot help but think that my own heart will lead the way for them. I pray that my children will walk in his truth, so I must seek his truth myself. And then I pray like crazy and trust them into God's capable hands.
Here are just a few of the Scriptures I pray over my kids:
1 Timothy 4:12
1 Corinthians 6:18-19
Ephesians 5: 1-2
Of course, there are tons more. Do you have any specific Scriptures that you use in prayer for your children? Would you share them with us in the comments?