PARENTS: We Are Not Perfect
Let’s give God the freedom to do in our children what we cannot do. No matter how hard we try, we will more than likely look back and wish we would have done something differently. That is because we are not perfect and all children will be different. There is no set pattern for parenting. We must use all that we know and do all we can and let God fill in where we cannot.
We must pray continually for our children. For our prayers to be effective, we must be right before God. The example that we set will be the example they follow. Our children will change as we change. The tone we use with them will be the tone of our household and the tone that they develop.
Begin by asking God to show you where you have failed. Ask for forgiveness and wisdom to make changes where needed. This may also be asking your child to forgive you for an action or attitude that was wrong. Thank God for your children and the plans that He has for them. Focus on the positive.
Let’s trust God with the plan He has for our children. His plan is better than our plan all the time. A better plan for them and a better plan for us. Lets submit ourselves to both.
Prayer: Father God I bring myself to you. Show me where I need to change and where I have failed so that I can be what you want me to be. I thank you for my children that you have given to me for a time. Help me to guide them according to your will that they will fulfill the marvelous plan you have for them. Thank you for a plan to prosper them and not to harm them, a plan to give them a hope and a future. Help me to not want to control my children but to love them and to guide them, to show them your perfect love that they will have the desire to serve you. Amen.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.