It should not be a surprise that the family is under attack. A family that is living in obedience to God’s Word has tremendous potential to reveal God’s love, care, unity, reconciliation, forgiveness, joy, and so much more!
This month we will be praying for:
- marriages (March 4)
- parents (March 11)
- widows (March 18)
- singles (March 25)
Praying for our parents:
The Bible gives a pretty involved job description to parents. We find it in Deuteronomy 6.
Deut 6:4-9:  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
God has given the task of instructing children to the parents. It is the responsibility of the parent to teach the commandments of God (the Word of God) to their children. There are several clear descriptions of this great responsibility found in these verses. We will look at 3 of them.
- The task of teaching is to be pursued with diligence. The word “diligently” means to sharpen or whet. It informs us at to what manner the instruction is be carried out in. It should be repeated, consistent, and frequently.
- The task is full-time. The figurative expressions of verse 7 forms a merism. This is a listing of notable parts to represent the whole. The point isn’t to just teach as you’re standing up, or in the act of sitting down. The point is that you’re basically always doing one or the other. There is no time when you are not responsible for the teaching of your children. You are either at your home, or outside your home, but in any place, the parent is burdened with this responsibility. There is no time or place when the parent is free of this God given responsibility.
- The task is practical. We must make reminders to drive the lessons home. We are to take advantage of the teaching opportunities that life presents us with. Teach your children from nature, from the examples of others around you, from their mistakes, and from your own mistakes (Proverbs 6). Later in Deut 6, we see that parents should be able to explain how God has delivered them, teach about God’s faithfulness, and teach that God’s laws are for our good.
The task is great. The truth is, no parent can fulfill such a high demand. So we must rely on the grace of God to accomplish this task in spite of our failures. We must run to the Spirit of God for wisdom. We must seek the encouragement of His people.
So how can we pray for the parents of our church?
- Pray that parents would love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, and might
- Pray that they would be diligent in teaching their children
- Pray that they would not tire of the task.
- Pray that they would not give the responsibility to others.
- Pray that they would humbly rely upon God’s grace to enable them in this task.
- Pray that they would see the teaching opportunities all around them.
- Pray that they would set reminders to reinforce biblical truths.
- Pray that they will by their teaching present God’s laws as for our good.