Saturday, June 11, 2011

21 Days of Prayer for Sons--Setting Apart/Avoiding Foolishness

Today, I read about Daniel, a man of faith and integrity, on pp. 20-21. I prayed the Scriptures about avoiding foolishness for my sons.

Study Questions
1. Take a moment and think about your dreams for your sons. Be honest. Do you dream of having sons who are “without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding, learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace?”
Of course :)! Seriously, I dream of having sons who love and trust God completely and live purposefully for Him. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." (Proverbs 1:7a) "For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6)

2. While attending a homeschool conference, Brooke heard Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis, say “I would rather my children be ditch diggers and love Jesus, than PhDs and go to hell.” What is your response to this quote?
I agree. "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)

3. In your parenting thus far, have you focused more on your son(s)' accomplishments and life experiences, or on teaching him a godly worldview?
I have focused more on my sons' character, heart condition, and attitude. I try to instill in my sons love for God, passion for His word, and desire to please & serve Him. I teach them a godly/Biblical worldview and encourage them to embrace an eternal perspective.   
"Educating our children includes more than arithmetic and spelling; it includes building character.  No educational pursuit can replace the deep need for a generation of children to be brought up first in the ‘nurture and admonition’ of the Lord."  Rick Williamson

4. Have your son(s) faced challenges similar to what Daniel faced? How have they handled them in the past? How can you help them handle challenges in the future in a way that honors God?
I've always taught them to do what's right according to God's Word no matter what. Aim to please God, not men.

5. Do your son(s) have friends who challenge them to be more like Christ? If not, pray that God would send these friends to provide a positive influence for them.
My two sons are each other's best friends. Yes, I pray that God would send friends who will challenge them to be more like Christ and provide a positive, godly influence for them.
"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm" (Proverbs 13:20)

Lord, please help my sons avoid foolishness and rid them of their self-centeredness. Please help them make each decision with Your wisdom and discernment. Please help them be doers of Your Word, not just hearers. In Jesus's name, I pray. Amen!

                            (This picture was taken in 2006.)

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