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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Before the Throne Wednesday

Welcome today!  One of the greatest privileges and possibly the most important thing we can do for our children is to pray for them.  I hope that as you read the Bible, you will begin to make your own list of scriptures to pray for your children/grandchildren.

Today's scriptures:
  1. Jeremiah 17:7-8  "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
  2. Psalm 1:1-3  "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers."
  3. Galatians 6:22-23  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law."
Today I encourage you to go beyond "God bless my children" and pray specifically for each of them by name that they would trust in the LORD, that they would put their confidence in Christ.  Pray that they would be careful to not walk in the counsel of the wicked, would not stand in the way of sinners or get comfortable in the company of mockers.  Pray that your children will be like trees standing tall with roots planted and watered by God.  Pray for the fruit of the Spirit to be grown in their lives and that your children will never fail to bear this fruit in every season of their lives.

Lastly, consider these thoughts in conjunction with the scripture given:

"Preoccupation with results often leads to emphasis on outward form. When we are preoccupied with achieving results it is natural to admire the results others seem to have achieved with their children. We like the way the pastor's kids sit reverently in the front pew and take notes of their father's sermon, so we go home and begin to teach our children to sit reverently and to take notes. What we don't know is that the pastor's kids conduct themselves with reverence and attentiveness not because he "cleaned the outside of the cup" and simply drilled them to do so -- he lived a genuine love for Jesus that was contagious, and watched as the fruit was born (Matt 23:26). Parents are destined for disappointment when they admire fruit in others and seek to emulate merely that expression of fruit in their own children. Fruit is born from the inside -- not applied to the outside.
Imagine that the fruit you desired was the edible variety, so you went out into your yard and planted an apple tree. Just suppose that one day, while you were waiting for the apples to begin growing on your tree, you caught a glimpse of a neighbor's apple tree. You noticed in admiration that its branches were laden with big, luscious apples. What would you do? Would you run to the produce market to buy some apples, then go home, and in the dead of night, tie them onto your tree? If you did, the sight of your tree might really impress your neighbors. But that is not what you would do. You would likely go to the neighbor and ask how he cared for and fertilized his tree to produce such fruit. It is the same with our children - luscious fruit will be born from what we put into them - not from what we tie onto them. As a matter of fact, in no time, the fruit that we put onto our children will rot and fall off."  (Taken from an article by Reb Bradley in the Virginia Home Educator Magazine.  The complete article can be found HERE.  The article targets "blind spots" homeschooling parents and families can have; however, I think the points Mr. Bradley makes can be blind spots for all parents if we aren't careful.  It is lengthy, but would be worth a careful, slow read!)
*Previous "Before the Throne posts can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Be blessed today as you go before the throne of God on behalf of your children,