Most of know that Job of the Old Testament was, to quote the Bible, “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” If you read a bit further in the first chapter, you’ll find out about his possessions as well as his ten children.
In verse five, we see the heart of a loving, Godly parent: “….Job sent and sanctified them [his sons and daughters], and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, ‘It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.’ Thus did Job continually.” Job considered the spiritual condition of his children and did all that he could as their father to make sure they were right with God.
While neither you nor I will be sacrificing burnt offerings for our children today, I’d like us to consider one of the greatest things that we can do for our children. In the spirit of this verse, I believe it is to pray for our children.
These souls that have been given into our care need our prayers every day. Safety, protection, a heart that is receptive to God’s Word, and good health are lifelong prayers.
Some requests pertain to certain seasons of their lives. There are times when they just need to learn to obey or to live peaceably with their siblings. As they become more independent and spend a part of their day away from us, we begin to ask for them to have wisdom to make right choices.
When an emotional hurt from friends or peers occurs, we can beg God for comfort on their behalf. A stage of fearfulness or an illness bring about more opportunities to intercede for them. Beginning to pray while they are young for their life’s mate (should that be in God’s plan), as well as purity in all their relationships, helps us realize the importance of allowing God to lead them. Asking Him to help them find His calling for their life is yet another area in which we can ask God to work.
I am blessed to have parents, brothers and a sister that I know uphold my children in prayer. I am confident that teachers, church family and others may mention their names in prayer as well. But as their mother, what a privilege I have to continually bring them before the throne of God, asking His blessing and laying my petitions for them at His feet, that He might work in these children for His ultimate glory.