Bring Your Children to Jesus

“Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.  Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children” (Lamentations 2:19).

Dads, we can do this. We can be loyal advocates, stubborn intercessors. We can take our parenting fears to Christ. In fact, if we don’t, we’ll take our fears out on our kids. Fear turns some parents into paranoid prison guards who monitor every minute, check the background of every friend. They stifle growth and communicate distrust. A family with no breathing room suffocates a child.

On the other hand, fear can also create permissive parents. For fear that their child will feel too confined or fenced in, they lower all boundaries. High on hugs and low on discipline. They don’t realize that appropriate discipline is an expression of love. Permissive parents. Paranoid parents. How can we avoid the extremes? We pray.

Prayer is the saucer into which parental fears are poured to cool.  Jesus says so little about parenting, makes no comments about spanking, breast-feeding, sibling rivalry, or schooling. Yet his actions speak volumes about prayer. Each time a parent prays, Christ responds. His big message to moms and dads? Bring your children to me. Raise them in a greenhouse of prayer.

When you send them off for the day, do so with a blessing. When you tell them goodnight, cover them in prayer. Is your daughter stumped by geography homework? Pray with her about it. Is your son intimidated by the new girl? Pray with him about her. Pray that your children have a profound sense of place in this world and a heavenly place in the next.

©Max Lucado (excerpted from Dad Time 2014)

4 comments on “Bring Your Children to Jesus

  1. I love everything you write! Thank you, once again you have inspired me. God Bless your talent and of course, YOU! ;o)

  2. Please give more Great advice on
    Raising Godly Children and
    How to be a good Wife, Mother and
    And a good, Husband, Father. And Grandfather…..
    There is no Book that covers all that…
    Thanks. And God Bless You

  3. So very grateful for all the encouragement you bring to all of us who have read your books and daily messages on your website. How we all long to be spiritually nourished and with that nourishment as ambassadors for Christ bring the words you offer to us to others!

    Well done thou good and faithful servant. Blessings, Margie

  4. Max, rewrite this to parents with adult kids. We’ve made mistakes raising them and now they are on their own raising their own kids, making the same mistakes.

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