Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 1, 2018

Thought For The Week October 7, 2018

The past two weeks, I have had a very busy schedule and Pastor Doug Crabb has filled in for me. Would you tell him thanks for writing his encouraging thoughts about personal devotional time and sharing our deepest needs with the Lord. He always encourages us with practical ideas for growing our spiritual lives.

This week I want to share something that I recently read. It is written by Jeff Anderson, who is the author of Plastic Donuts, a wonderful little book that teaches clear biblical ideas about giving. This article was published last week and has a short but needed thought about our responsibility to our children. Jeff says:

“I’m at a Mom’s Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, speaking on Soul Care for our Children: Helping to Avoid a Faith Walkout. Momma bears care about their cubbies. Not just that their little ones don’t touch germs or eat too many snacks with fructose corn syrup. They care that their children are spiritually safe.

”Nothing gets momma’s attention (and dads too) like the data we’ve been hearing…two-thirds of young people who leave for college are walking away from faith. I told a few jokes about helicopter parenting. We’re all guilty at times, right?. But there’s one particular Momma that can teach us a thing or two about watching over our kids.

”A few thousand years ago a now famous Momma marched right up to Jesus with her two sons (named James and John) and gave a bold request. Jesus, sit these sons of mine next to you in the coming kingdom…. One on your left, and one on your right (Matthew 20:21). Jesus knew this was a big-time request. And He knew the boys (they were grown men) did not fully know what this meant. But they followed Momma’s lead anyway. We’re up for whatever you have in mind, Jesus, the young men said.

”I love the example of the faithful Momma. She had faith in this person, Jesus, and believed in His coming kingdom. She also understood the theology of heavenly rewards and reigning with God (smart Momma). And she wasn’t afraid to ask for the moon!

”Parents, are you asking for the moon for your kids? Are you seeking a heavy dose of spiritual favor for their lives? What would that look like? Just before Jesus went to the cross, He offered a special prayer to the heavens (John 17:15-17). He too was particularly interested in the soul condition of His spiritual children – His disciples. He had two specific requests to God: 1. Protect them from the evil one. 2. Sanctify them in the truth (God’s word).

”I want to rally Moms (and Dads) to get your choppers in the air and start praying over your children. Pray for protection – not from germs or bullies or even car wrecks… but from the enemy. And pray that God’s truth would sanctify their hearts and minds. Our kids need these prayers. If that was Jesus’ prayer, let’s make it ours, too.”

I don’t know about you but I have not prayed as faithfully as I should for my children, my grandchildren, and the children in our church. Just like Paul prayed for the Ephesians, we need to pray the best prayers over our children. What might happen if the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, (gave our children) the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding (our children’s eyes) being enlightened; that (our children) may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe? (Ephesians 1:17-19).

What if we made it a point to regularly offer to pray over our own children and the children we meet at church. I think it would make a difference for them and for us. We need these kinds of prayers for us and especially for our children. We don’t want them to leave the faith when they leave home! Just a thought from Jeff Anderson and me

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