Saturday, March 5

Prayer: Praying for your Children


On praying for your children's welfare:

Do not consider only your children's salvation but pray also for your children's welfare because:

1. You my then expect, as a result of your prayers, that the power of God will counteract in some measure the evil you have done them....

2. There will be critical periods in their lives when without your incessant prayers, offered with reference to such times, they my be left to act most unwisely if not disastrously....

3. It will lead you to a better understanding of them....

4. It will increase your holy desires for them....

5. No other means will be so effectual in enabling you to overcome the difficulty you experience in talking with then on religious subjects....

6. You will thereby secure for then God's aid in the efforts they may make to yield you their obedience God requires of children submission to the parent's will and implicit obedience....

7. Other parents seeing your example, may be led to imitate you....

8. They will often, should they continue in the world, have their times of need when the power of God alone can avail to help them....


---William Scribner, 1873

[Carla and Tulipgirl post a little on praying and parenting, too. Kim posts on prayer and meditation.]
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