We as parents will always have the opportunity to be in the stands cheering, in the audience watching, and walking alongside our children as they learn. We will watch them rise. We will watch them fall. We will watch they struggle, grow, learn, and triumph over obstacles.
But one of the most important places a parent can be in a child’s life is on his or her knees praying for their child.
There are times we will not be able to walk alongside them. At certain times, in certain seasons he or she will need to walk their path alone. But thanks be to God, they are never really alone. Our prayers cover, God’s word promises, and the Holy Spirit goes with them wherever they go.
Many parents love the verse in Proverbs 22:6, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. But we tend to forget that we may have children who are more like the younger son in Luke 15:11-32.
Our son or daughter may stumble and fall. He or she may crash face-first before they realize God’s plan for their lives. Our job during that time is to keep praying, keep being available with healthy boundaries.
There will be times our children make choices that sadden us, maybe even disappoint us. But, God is a God of second chances, we should know. He has given them to us again and again.
So, when our hands cannot reach and our words are not heard, remember God can reach, He can be heard.
O Heavenly Father,
Meet us, meet our children, where we are, where they are, and call us to You. God we need wisdom to bring up wise children. We need mercy and grace for our failures. We need boundaries and consequences, but forgiveness as well.
May we be on our knees day and night for them, praying God will reach them and draw them home again. And when that day comes, may we be like the father in Luke 15:11-32 watching and waiting for our children who have wandered away to return. May we go running to them and welcome them home.