Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Praying for Children, Part 3

Larry and I have three daughters ranging in age from almost 18 to 12. It's exciting, humbling and often overwhelming to recognize the many ways each of them is gifted by God. Even Carly who is severely "disabled" with Angelman Syndrome is profoundly equipped to share things that contribute to the joy and faith development of those around her.

What a tremendous responsibility it is for us as parents to know how best to help our children develop and steward their gifts well!
Gifted Kids
Based on 1 Peter 4:10

Lord,
Thank You that You made each of my children unique, with different passions and talents. Truly, You are the giver of every good gift (James 1:17). Thank You for opportunities my children have to express their interests and abilities, from basketball to ballet, from team roping to tie-dyeing.

Thank You also for the spiritual gifts You are nurturing in them to build up the fellowship of other believers—gifts like teaching, service, comforting others, and healing (1 Cor. 12:8-10).

Today I pray that my kids would want and value the treasures You have invested in them for their own benefit and for the blessing of others (1 Cor. 14:1-5). And beyond that, plant in them a lifelong desire to use any talent—be it physical, mental or spiritual—to serve You (1 Cor. 12:4-11).

Help me to be the kind of encourager my children need in order to persist in their areas of talent. May I be like Paul, who urged Timothy, "Do not neglect your gift, which was given you" (1 Tim. 4:14). And help my kids work hard to make the most of the gifts You've given them—to practice, learn, and train with patience and diligence.

Thank You for Your promise, Lord, that whatever good work You begin in my child, You will continue to bring to fullness as he or she seeks You (Phil 1:6). Amen.

From "Praying the Bible for Your Children" by David & Heather Kopp.
There are many kinds of gifts and many ways to serve, but may our children do it all in the name, grace and power of the ONE TRUE GOD!

Visit with us tomorrow for "The Way of Angels."

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