Prayer and the Doing
This week I would like to share some things about praying for my children. I often pray that God would reveal Himself to them, that He would reach their hearts even at such a young age, that they would be able to meet with Him, that they would follow Jesus, etc. But often, when praying for them, I find myself having to pray for me as a mother. The more I pray for them, the more clearly I see the job God gave me to do, not just as a parent, but as a person created by Him and for His purpose. When I pray for God to reveal Himself to Jovi and Joshua, I find myself thinking about how I reflect His character. Am I revealing God to my children? When I ask Him that they would follow Jesus, I find myself thinking about how I follow Jesus, and if I am showing them how (not just telling them how). Right now, for lack of better words, I am their God. God can reach them, but, in the beginning, God made us in His likeness, to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth, in His image.
Our original command was to image Him to the world. While relying on God’s power and love, it is a huge role, if not the most important role of parenting, to reflect God in all His love, truth, depth, justice, righteousness, joy, and peace to my children. My prayers would be empty if I were to beg God to do this, and then sit back, live my own life, send my kids off and let others teach them, influence them, love them by their own definition etc. Parenting was an original calling, along with caring for the earth.* It was all to be done in God’s likeness. So as I pray, I feel a deep conviction to be what I am praying for, to the best of my ability. I acknowledge that I am not God, I am not perfect, and that they should not rely on me instead of God. But I have a baby and a toddler, both under two years old, who connect with me daily, minutely. My living out His character should be done in a way that points them to Christ, that makes them see the difference between God’s love and the world’s “love”, and through the many experiences of love and patience and gentleness and forgiveness, curiosity will spark in them and they will seek out the root of this love for their own lives.