We were asked by our pastor Chris McGarvey this week if we have a plan. A plan for reading? A plan for praying? A plan for purposeful growth.
He has a variety of Bible reading plans listed on his blog, they’re all good – any one of them will be profitable.
But I saw this plan for praying for our children today and wanted to link to it.
How encouraging to read of a man and his wife praying for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the same, faithful way – week in and week out, month in and month out, year in and year out. So often I’m tempted to look to some new, creative way to talk to God, but He is not the one growing bored with our conversation – I am. Ouch.
How refreshing to read that it is good and proper and right to simply and yet faithfully bring our little flock before the Good Shepherd. He delights in the details of each of their lives – he does not grow tired or complacent because we pray, again, for our children to be faithful. He is pleased with that prayer every single time.
Here is the list – again, any one of them will be profitable. But can you imagine the godly legacy you will establish for generations to come if your children are covered with and exposed to this kind of consistent, faithful prayer?
(FYI… there is more to this list!! Please click on the link above and visit Andy Naselli’s blog to read the rest – you won’t regret it!)
[The Crowleys have six children, and J. D. is a pioneer missionary-linguist in Cambodia.]
- Grant them a heart of repentance from sin.
- Give them faith in Christ from an early age.
- Fill them with your Holy Spirit, and may they bear the fruit of the Spirit.
- Lead them to be baptized into your church.
- Make them members of a strong church with godly elders.
- Give them spiritual gifts for use in the church, and help them faithfully use them.
- Lead them always to increase in holiness.
- Keep them within the orthodox faith of Christ and the apostles.
- Protect them from false teachers and false teaching.
- Make them fruitful proclaimers of the gospel, filled with love for all.
- Make them humbly committed to daily prayer.
- Give them hunger for daily Bible reading.
- Fill them with love and forbearance toward others.
- Help them endure trials with faith and joy.
- Help them guard their conscience.
- May their lives be like the sun that rises stronger and stronger until the full of day.
- Give them hearts that constantly overflow with thankfulness.
- Make them peacemakers.
- Give them a vocation/skill/work that provides for their family and is useful to society.
- Give them a sense of purpose and joy in their life work.
- Rescue them from the fear of man.
- Provide for them a good education.
- Help them apply themselves diligently to their studies and other work.
- Rescue them from laziness and dishonesty.