“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
This month of October join me on a prayer journey.
We will be praying for our children. We will Ask; We will Seek; We will Knock.
The children that call you Father and Mother, the children that call you Guardian, the children that call you Teacher, the children that call you Big Brother and Big Sister, those that call you Mentor; those under your direct and indirect care, those that look up to you – all those children.
We will be praying for them in this month, we will be asking, seeking and knocking on heaven’s door for specific things concerning them.
But first things first.
We need, we must ask God for their souls.
Because, what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?
Yes, we will ask God for their salvation. That they may come to the knowledge of truth.
Why do we ask for their salvation? We ask for their salvation because we have tasted of the Lord and we have seen that He is good. We desire His Lordship in the lives of our children.
During an Anglican child baptismal for my god son the priest said a phrase that has since stuck with me:
“We belong to God, you (the child being baptized) belong to us and therefore you belong to God”
These children under our care are not free-ranging children, left to themselves and whatsoever they want to do or the world seduces them to. NO!
These children belong to us, and we belong to God, therefore they belong to God!
Therefore we actively pray for their salvation; actively teach them the Word of God; actively guide them into the path of godliness; actively lead them towards God – actively, consciously, and prayerfully. And then we leave the conviction to the Holy Spirit.
And this is our prayer:
Father we ask for the souls of all the children under our care. We ask that they would confess with their lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead; and thus be saved. In Jesus name we ask. Amen