Praying With and For the Children

Praying With And For the Children
(October 2013 - Week 2)

(1). Matthew 19:13-15 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

(2). Psalm 127:3-5(a) 3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

(3). Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

(4). Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
(5). “Samuel came into this world and was given life in direct answer to prayer. He was born of a praying mother whose heart was full of earnest desire for a son. He came into life under prayer surroundings, and his first months in this world were spent in direct contact with a woman who knew how to pray.” [E.M. Bounds, Prayer and Praying Saints]

(6). Prayer thought: Acknowledging children as gifts from the Lord, we must seek to establish a genuine and consistent prayer life in them. We do so by instruction and training, however the greatest impact we may have is by example. By teaching and modeling the necessity of a strong prayer life, the Lord will establish a firm foundation within children so that they may always walk with Him.