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Pray For Your Children’s Welfare

Although praying for our children is clearly a biblical duty it is too frequently neglected. William Scribner reminds us to not only pray for our children’s salvation but to pray also for our children’s welfare because:

1. You may then expect, as a result of your prayers, that the power of God will counteract in some measure the evil you have done them.

Even the best of parents sometimes do their children harm. This may be as a result of undue severity in discipline, partiality or injustice, but equally by misguided tenderness and lack of conscientious in exercising authority. . . .

2. There will be critical periods in their lives when without your incessant prayers, offered with reference to such times, they may be left to act most unwisely if not disastrously. . . .

3. It will lead you to a better understanding of them. Fervent prayer, continuously offered for them, in which their special wants, as far as you know them, are spread before God, will be sure to lead to a greater watchfulness over them. . . .

4. It will increase your holy desires for them. . . .

5. No other means will be so effectual in enabling you to overcome the difficulty you experience in talking with then on religious subjects. . . .

6. You will thereby secure for then God’s aid in the efforts they may make to yield you their obedience. . . .

7. Other parents seeing your example may be led to imitate you. . . .

8. They will often, should they continue in the world, have their times of need when the power of God alone can avail to help them. . . .

In closing, never approach the throne of grace with your own wants without remembering your children’s. Let us resolve that we will give ourselves more intently to the work of interceding for our children. . . . (Based on “An Appeal to Parents to Pray Continually for the Welfare and Salvation of their Children” by William Scribner, 1873)

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  1. […] Pray For Your Children’s Welfare (via Samuel at Gilgal) Posted on July 13, 2011 by loopyloo305 Although praying for our children is clearly a biblical duty it is too frequently neglected. William Scribner reminds us to not only pray for our children's salvation but to pray also for our children's welfare because: 1. You may then expect, as a result of your prayers, that the power of God will counteract in some measure the evil you have done them. Even the best of parents sometimes do their children harm. This may be as a result of undue se … Read More […]

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  2. I agree. Prayer is the most powerful tool in a parent’s toolbox.

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