This week, the words of a wise woman rang in my ears, and brought me to my knees thanking the Lord. You see, one of my sons was involved in an accident that could have had serious results, and the advice she gave been years before his birth may have indeed saved his life.
She told me that as parents we can only protect our children from harm to a certain extent, and while it is instinctive of parents to want to protect them against everything that can hurt, we can’t be around them all the time. It is those moments that we are not there, for whatever reason, that we need to pray protection over our children because things can happen in a split second. With young children, it may be touching a hot stove, or with older kids it may be getting in a car with a drunk driver, but whatever the situation, we must pray for God to protect our children, and pray wisdom over the decisions that they make.
Then we hope and believe that we have raised them well enough to make the right decisions at those critical moments, if they are older. When they are young, we pray that angels would surround them and prevent them from harm. After that, we know that God will protect them because they are His creation. He has a plan and purpose for them, and His plans are for good.
My son, that day, was protected. He saw an angel right beside him, and no harm came to him. He was protected.
One of the most important things we can do for our children is to pray a hedge of protection around them to prevent them from harm. Angels are around us all the time, and they are either protecting us, or working on our behalf. If we see our children in danger, and are unable to get to them, we can always cry out to Jesus. Many children have been miraculously saved this way.
Another important thing you can do for your children is to tell them that you love them- daily- because if you don’t, someone else will. The results may be catastrophic depending on the individual.
Children need to know and hear they are loved by their parents. Our approval is important to them. They need to know they are loved in order to feel secure, and to boost self-esteem. When they are confident in who they are, and that they have value, they are more resilient to outside influences, low self-esteem and bullying.
At the core, we all want to feel loved, wanted, and cherished. So do they.
The most important thing we can do for our children is to teach them about God. The first thing to teach them is that God loves them unconditionally. It is the foundation for what comes after, and one of the most important teachings in the Bible- love. No one can love us and fill the void like the love of Christ. People are people, but God will always be the only one who can fulfill all of our needs.
The second foundation to teach them is who they are in Christ. It will build confidence, and when taught at a young age, those words will be implanted into them and will spring forth in their lives. Never underestimate the seeds that you sow in your children at any age. Parents have the greatest impact over their children, and we should be planting good seeds into them.
Even if your children are far from God, He still hears your cries and is moving on your behalf even though you may not see it yet. It is not His desire that any should perish, and nothing is too big for God. Pray without ceasing that they would come back into the kingdom, and sometimes, when you least expect it, you will find that God has turned the situation around. But never stop praying.
A parent’s prayers never stop over their children, and neither does their concern over them. The only thing that changes as our children grow older is what we pray over them. As young children, we pray over their safety, and as they grow older, we pray that they will make wise decisions over their future. We let them go into the world trusting that we have done the best that we can in raising them, and that they will make good godly decisions for themselves.
Then when they need us, as adults, they know, like God, that we are always there.
These are the three most important things that you, as a parent, can do for your children. Choose wisely what you choose to impart into them, be mindful of what you say because words impact people, demonstrate love, and always emphasize a relationship with our Creator. Pray wisdom and protection over them for those moments that they are not there. Believe that God is always with them, guiding their steps, and giving them wisdom when you are not around.
These are some of the best things we can do for our children that we have been blessed and entrusted with. If you have a friend who could use this message, please share, or if you know someone who needs to hear these words.
Let’s make the future brighter. It does start with God and us.