Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 “The Key To Proper Parenting”

“Then Manoah entreated the Lord and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born.” (Judges 13:8)

Good Morning Everyone!

Go to any bookstore, or go online, if you prefer, and I am sure you will have no trouble at all finding a veritable plethora of books on the topic of proper parenting. I have no idea how many books have been written on parenting. My guess would be hundreds, if not thousands.  I believe that most all of us who are blessed with children want to be good parents. We all want to see our children grow up to be model citizens, godly men and women, and, God willing, exemplary parents to their own children if they should be so blessed later in life.  Manoah did a wise thing. He began praying for his yet unborn son. He prayed that the child would have a strong godly example to follow as he grew. The “man of God” that was sent to his wife with the news of this impending birth was none other than the Angel of the Lord (though Manoah was unaware of that). The as yet unborn child for whom he made this prayer was none other than Samson.  At the end of this chapter from Judges, we read, “The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahanea Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.”

    It is important for us to intercede before the Throne of Grace for our children. I believe that such intercession is the key to proper parenting…much more valuable than that which you will discover on any bookshelf of any bookstore (save, of course, for God’s written Word).  The children of this and each generation will face many challenges in life as they grow.  Fortified by the power of prayer, the likelihood that they will grow to become the men and women of God we would desire that they become will be increased exponentially. God honors such prayer.  I encourage all of you, whether or not you have children or grandchildren of your own, to join me today in prayer for those children,  grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of our community, nation, and world, wherever they may be. Let’s pray!

Mighty Lord, today we come before your Throne of Grace, thanking and praising you that we have the privilege of praying for our children. We ask that your Spirit of truth would surround, protect, and guide them as they grow. Raise them up to become men and women mighty in spirit, godly in thought, word, and deed. grant us the wisdom and the passion to teach them your ways through our own faithful witness and diligent prayer. This we ask in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen

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