Tuesday, June 7, 2011

21 Days of Prayer for Sons--The Battle

I'm participating in the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons based on the ebook, Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most by Brooke McGlothlin. This prayer challenge will officially start tomorrow. Our group leader, Haelie, is giving us a head start. Today, she recommended we read pp.10-11 in the ebook. Brooke expressed concern that people even in the church have no idea what it means to be godly men. I shared my thoughts about that here. I prayed the Heart Change prayers on p.12.

Study Questions

1. In this chapter, Brooke says that “all it takes to lose the truth of the Word of God is one set of parents who fail to teach it.” Did your parents raise you in a Christian home to know and love the Lord? What kind of impact has your upbringing had on the way you parent your sons?
My parents were Buddhists. My father was hardly ever home and eventually left permanently. My brother and I were raised by our mother. By the grace of God, I came to know the Lord and surrendered my life to Jesus, my Lord and Savior when I was in high school. My husband's parents were divorced when he was only 5 but he was raised by a Christian mother. My husband and I love the Lord and we made it our goal to bring our sons (and daughter) up from birth to know, love, revere, and serve the Lord...to delight in His Word and live by its truth and principles. His Word is our main parenting manual :). 

2. How does it make you feel to know that a godly man, such as Eli, could fail to raise his sons to know and love the Lord?
It makes me feel more purposeful in my parenting. I must guard my children's hearts with vigilance and pray my heart out for them :)! The spiritual battle is real.

3. Have you ever thought about the importance of raising sons from the perspective of this story? What kind of response does this create in your heart?
Yes, I have. I cannot afford to be negligent in my parenting. The consequences could be detrimental, even fatal.

4. Do you believe God holds us responsible for the way we train our children?
Yes. Note that it doesn't mean God holds us responsible for the way our children turn out. I've seen so many Godly parents who have done their best to train their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but their children still choose to go astray and walk away from the narrow path. Each individual must make his or her own choice to follow Christ or not.

Lord, please show me any ways that I've failed to raise my sons to know and love You more and how I can bring glory to You in my parenting. Please transform their hearts and help them to be little men after Your own heart. Please help us rise above the battle. Thank You for picking up where I fail and blessing my sons! In Jesus's name, I pray. Amen!

(This picture was taken in 2005 when Josiah was 7 and Isaiah was 4.)

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