By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
During this season of Lent, I urge all parents to keep praying for their children. Sometimes praying for them can appear selfish. That thought came to my mind whenever I prayed for them when I was sending them off on the school bus. I noticed, however, I was not only praying for my child. I was praying for the bus, the driver, and all the occupants on the bus. Also, I prayed for safety of the school, the whole school district, and for the wisdom of teachers. I prayed for the health and safety of the community. All these prayer concerns came about because I wanted to pray for my daughters. Therefore, it is not selfish to be praying for our children because it enlarges our hearts to pray and intercede for our community that we depend on.
As a pastor overseeing youth and children and being involved in these ministries for many years, I thought I knew much about raising children in the faith. Now with children of my own, I realize how wrong I was. First, the knowledge I have might not be relevant to today’s context. Secondly, it is one thing to think theoretically about children versus knowing practically about them. Even though my children are great, when it comes to raising them, I still feel inadequate as a parent. I’m trying my best by learning and updating myself on the topic; but ultimately, I see the need to get on my knees. I want to ask our heavenly Father/Mother to help us raise our children in God’s way.
When it comes to praying for our children, there are so many important concerns: their health, well-being, friendships, faith, academics, character and on and on. Everyone has his/her own needs and we should pray according to the Spirit. I would like to suggest three things that we should consider when praying for our children.
- Pray for selflessness
- Pray for love of justice and mercy
- Pray for healthy relationships