The strong prayer life of a parent is the best gift a child can have. They might not realize it when they are young, but its effect can be seen as they grow and mature in God’s understanding. Knowing the Lord is one thing, understanding the Lord is another. We grow in God when we start understanding God. Prayers have power, and when we declare promises of the Lord in our lives and our children’s lives, they are being manifested. We must have seen people relating a child’s habits to their parents. That’s because, knowingly or unknowingly, we tend to teach our children many things. And they hold on to them. It is a fact that our children observe us more than we observe them. And so we have to look up to the Lord, holding on to what God has taught, so that we can be a source of correct guidance. These tender hearts know Jesus much more than what we do.
God wants to teach each one of us and does it through various channels when we show our willingness to do so. We tend to only perceive what is seen by physical eyes, so our Lord asks us to renew our mind. (See Romans 12:2.) When we keep on seeking spiritual intimacy with the Lord, we open our “spiritual eyes” which renews our mind. We are made whole by the finished work of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 says, “ All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” That God is reconciling us means that he is bringing us back to himself by removing the gap created by sin. It is through our faith that we seek and find God, and through God’s grace, are made whole.
When we make room in our hearts for God to come and reside, we are made whole. We are nothing without God’s presence in our lives. This wholeness fills us with peace that does not come through any conscious effort. This peace does not depend on any situation in our lives because it’s from God. It is then that we start placing God at the center of everything we do, knowing that every good thing comes from the Lord. (See James 1:17.) When we seek God’s face and God’s will before doing things, and God blesses us with the wisdom to do what is right. When we change our perspective toward life, seeking God’s presence in everything we do, we can feel the “wholeness” and the purpose of our creation. God is the one who restores our hope and renews our strength.
Keep encouraging your children to seek the Lord. They are never too young to understand their creator. When we start teaching them, then Lord starts speaking to their heart. One day we will see our children surpassing us in the Lord’s understanding and letting us know God’s kingdom better.
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