Day 04 - Pray for our Children
MINISTER LINDA FIELDER
WORD OF FAITH SOUTHFIELD, MI
Welcome to day 4 of our 30 days of prayer! Today, our focus is praying for children. Turn with me to Psalm 127, verses 3 and 4. And it reads, “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” The word “heritage” is defined as “something reserved for one, or something that belongs to one by reason of birth.” This is telling us that God has reserved your children for you. Your children are a gift from God. God has a plan for their lives.
Jeremiah tells us, “I know the plans that I have for you,” and these plans are ingrained in your children. God has given you a child as a gift—for you to train this child, to cultivate this child with the gift that is in him or her—the abilities or talents that God placed in them. He wants you to remember how important it is to pray for your children every day because just as God has presented them as a gift, God has called them, anointed them, and appointed them to grow up to be mighty men and women of valor. God wants us to keep them covered because the adversary is after our children to destroy them before they can destroy him. We know God’s will for them is to destroy the kingdom of darkness.
In Psalm 127, we see children referred to as arrows. In Solomon’s day, they didn’t get to go to a superstore to purchase arrows. In his day, they had to make the arrows with their own hands. They would go out and they would find the perfect stick, and the stick could not be like a twig because it had to be strong. When they pulled it on the bow, it had to be able to hit the target. So they had to find a perfect stick that was the perfect weight and the perfect length. And they had to shape it and form it into the perfect arrow so when they launched it, it would hit their target. And that is what we want to do with our children.
We want to make sure that we pray for our children every day so that they can hit the target— the mark that God has in His plan for them. We want to remember to pray for our children—that they never smoke, never drink, never use drugs, marry godly spouses, obey the law, have good friends, and graduate. But we also want to pray offensively for them—we want to pray that they love God and serve Jesus as their Lord, know who they are in Christ Jesus, be filled with the Holy Spirit, that no one hinders them, and that they walk in God’s purpose for their lives. So just remember, prayer is important. Prayer changes things. Prayer protects our children. So we want to keep them lifted up and prayed for them, in Jesus’ name. Thank you.