Main Scriptures: 1Timothy 3:1-5
More Scriptures: Ti.1:6, Eph.6:4, Gen.24:7
Yesterday, by the help of the Holy Spirit, husbands were reminded of the to uphold their wives in prayers continuously. I am confident that you have been blessed and you have begun to intercede for your wife. I pray that your prayers shall not be hindered in Jesus name. Amen. Today, I want us to examine another question, and that is praying for our children. It is sad to hear nowadays how husbands have abandoned this critical role to their wives- the role of praying for their children. As the head of the family, you must always remember that your children are your seeds. It is your God ordained responsibility to nurture them. Your children are your extension into the future. They carry on your legacies if you dare to have any. Come to think of it, they bear your name and not that of your wife. If it gives you so much pride to see your children bear your name, then it becomes very true for you to help them grow to become better people to their world. Now if you consider the enrolment requirement for being a husband in 1Tim.3 and Ti.1, you will appreciate the role and impact you play in the lives of your children. In Ti.1:6, it says if any be blameless, the husband of one wife, HAVING FAITHFUL CHILDREN NOT ACCUSED OF RIOT OR UNRULY. Note the word faithful. It is not enough for you to be a leader who is blameless, it is much more important for your seeds (children) to take after your footsteps. In verse 4 of 1Tim. 3, the Scriptures say that the husband must have his children in subjection with all gravity.
But how you may want to ask, how do I nurture my children? You do that by praying for them, focusing on those specific areas of their lives where they need improvement. It could be some negative tendencies that are beginning to show up in their lives- bullying, unforgiveness, anger, pride and much more. It could also be in the areas of self- worth-lacking confidence and courage. It may also be in the areas of their spiritual maturity and academics pursuits. Your prayer investments into their lives defines their end, either for good or for evil. As the spiritual head of the family, everything that comes out of you is a seed, including your prayers. And if you don’t sow any seed, you shouldn’t expect any harvest. Your children will not turn out to be the best because you wish so. They will turn out to be the best because you deliberately took time out to invest your spiritual seeds into their lives.
· Father, by Your Spirit, empower me to pray aright for my seeds (children).
· Father, by Your Spirit, make my seeds (children) to bear much fruits on the earth.
· Father, by Your Spirit, help me not to take my office as the head of the family for granted.
I take full charge of my children by interceding for them always because that is what makes me a good and godly father in Jesus name. Amen.