Raising Our Children With Prayer
Dr. Deborah’s Thoughts
I was recently asked in an interview what was one of the most important things we can do for our children? and my response was PRAY FOR THEM. As a parent it is fundamental that prayer remains at the top of our PURPOSED Parenting priorities. I watched my mother as a young child pray without ceasing as 1Thessalonians 5:17 says. She prayed over bills, employment, challenges, successes, family, friends, children, herself and for lack of running out of space…..She prayed for EVERYTHING! Prayer transforms our lives and the lives of others. When we come to the Omnipresent, Omnipotent one, we cannot help but to be changed. R.A. Torrey said when we put prayer(a petition to God) and faith (belief and trust in God) together, the result is incredible power! If we are to call ourselves followers of Christ then understand that Jesus prayed at all times. Our whole life should be a life of prayer. We should walk in constant communion with God.
When my son Zeplyn was young and I was busy changing diapers, feeding, cleaning, working in and outside of the home “BUSY” was my first, middle and last name. However, what kept me sane was seeking first the Kingdom of God FIRST and allowing Him to order my steps, day and life. One of our responsibilities as parents is to teach our children to pray. But they won’t do what they don’t see us doing. Thus, we must make sure we are modeling the behavior we want to see in them. As we approach Mother’s Day, let us also be reminded to pray for ourselves as Mothers. I realized a long time ago that I could not be the Pilot or the Captain of my life and expect to be great at it without the help of the Lord. I need Him every day. I love Galatians 5:22-23 which is a reminder that I need help living in the fruit of the Spirit. Let us pray to become the best moms as we help our children become their best selves.
Until Next Time,
Dr. Deborah L. Tillman