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When I pray for my children, I always pray for the
spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. While I want them to have
good jobs and do well financially, Iíve always been more concerned that
they grow into men who fear and honor God. That has been my constant prayer
for themĖthat they will have a vibrant relationship with the Lord.
OK, praying a prayer is easyĖsomething every parent does
for their children. As important as it is, it pales in comparison to the
prayer that Iíve lived for my children. You see, I donít think prayer is
just talking to God, I think it is the way we live before Him too. In 1
Peter 2:12 the King James Version begins with, ďHaving your conversation
honest...Ē The New American Standard Bible translates the same verse, ďKeep
your behavior excellent...Ē There was a time in the English language when
conversation and behavior meant the same thing. In current usage it doesnít
because we understand it is possible to say one thing while not living
consistent with our speech.
Thatís what I mean by the prayer Iíve lived for my children.
While they donít know what I pray in private for them, they do know the
prayer Iíve lived before them.
I have not lived my life before them to be an exampleĖbut
I know I have been an example. I hope theyíve noticed that havenít just
stuck my toe in the pool and went back to sun on the deck, but that Iíve
jumped off the high diving board, and have followed Christ with reckless
abandon. I hope they will remember my example and follow it.
But I also hope they havenít noticed everything Because
there has been more than one time where Iíve belly-flopped. So many times
Iíve lost perspective and misaligned my priorities. I hope they donít have
such good memories about those times
I suppose there is plenty of evidence that Iíve been a
good example and a bad one. Today when I prayed for my sons, I prayed God
would bless them with a good memory. And a bad one. I would consider both
a blessing of God.
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