September eight, 2021
How To Train Your Youngsters To Pray
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“[Jesus] was praying in a sure place, and when he completed, one in every of his disciples stated to him, ‘Lord, train us to wish, simply as John additionally taught his disciples.’” Luke 11:1 (CSB)
“OK! Who desires to wish tonight?”
My husband’s eyes scan our youngsters’s faces as we await keen volunteers to start shouting. I mentally put together my speech for them: “We have to take turns — not everybody can go first!” and “Stay calm. I promise we’ll have time for everybody’s prayers!”
I by no means get an opportunity to utter my admonitions as a result of my husband’s query is barely met with silence. The children all look down, avoiding eye contact as a lot as attainable. We ask every baby by title, however we’re solely met with head shakes and sighs.
“OK, I’ll pray!” my husband says with a smile. I envy his optimistic outlook as I nurse my disappointment. As my husband and I debrief later, he jogs my memory, “We simply need to preserve modeling prayer for them. They’ll come round.”
As a mother, one in every of my priorities is to show my kids methods to pray. I would like them to know what a present it’s to speak with the dwelling God. However so usually I get discouraged. Significantly when my kids present a disinterest in prayer, I instantly start to really feel like they’ll by no means love God and it’s a positive signal of their religious standing for eternity.
Fortunately, this isn’t true.
My husband is true — probably the greatest issues we as dad and mom can do is to not strong-arm our youngsters into prayer however as a substitute to mannequin common, genuine prayer in our personal lives. In the case of instructing my very own youngsters to wish, I can’t assist however consider the disciples asking Jesus to show them methods to pray: “… one in every of his disciples stated to him, ‘Lord, train us to wish, simply as John additionally taught his disciples’” (Luke 11:1).
In response to this query, Jesus didn’t give a bullet-point checklist of 5 methods to wish, supply an argumentative presentation making an attempt to persuade them of prayer’s efficacy or submit a case examine on the way it works. He merely prayed.
Jesus taught His disciples methods to pray by praying Himself.
We all know from the Gospels that Jesus prayed lots. However He didn’t solely do it to set an instance for us; He additionally did it because the God-man as a result of He had an intimate, dependent love relationship with the Father. In His humanity, He wanted to speak with God. We all know that Jesus grew in knowledge every year (Luke 2:52) and trusted the Holy Spirit to assist Him. (Acts 10:37-38) He trusted the Father and His Phrase, studying obedience by way of struggling. (Hebrews 5:8) In all of this, He prayed each for Himself and for His disciples — speaking with His Father about something, any time, anywhere.
So, maybe, as a substitute of the query “How do I train my kids to wish?” the query is “How do I domesticate prayer in my very own life?” We might not like this query as a lot. It’s extra convicting. And typically it feels tougher. But when we lengthy to see our youngsters have ongoing, sincere conversations with God, we’ve to begin with ourselves.
Your kids will be capable of inform that what you’ve with the Father is actual, and because the Spirit works of their hearts, His love might be engaging to them. Like Jesus with the disciples, praying begets praying — in your kids and in your personal coronary heart, too.
Mothers, belief that God will make the gospel lovely to your kids. Pray what Jesus prayed in John 17: that your kids would see God’s glory, know the love of the Father and be one with Him. Pray for your self and your kids to have eyes to see and a coronary heart that loves speaking with the Father about something, any time, anywhere.
Father, please assist me to mannequin an genuine lifetime of prayer and devotion to You. Work in my kids’s hearts, as You could have labored in mine, to attract them near You. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
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FOR DEEPER STUDY
John 17:20-21a, “I pray not just for these [disciples], but in addition for many who imagine in me by way of their phrase. Might all of them be one, as you, Father, are in me and I’m in you.” (CSB)
Spend time immediately speaking with God about what’s in your coronary heart. And within the feedback, share what you’ve discovered most useful in instructing your kids to wish.
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