Children obey you parents in the Lord for this is right. (Eph. 6:1)
Ephesians 6:1 was one of the verses that my oldest son learned at a very young age. We have talked about the importance that the Lord places on obedience and this scripture has been a big part of helping our sons understand that this is what the Lord requires of them. Ultimately, that is the most important; that our children follow the Lord and obey Him first.
Having children with special needs, I have had many comments over the years where others have practically written my sons off as not "able" to understand or comprehend things that typical children can, especially when it comes to God's Word. However, we have experienced the opposite. We have used God's Word from day one in our prayers, when we talked to them, and especially when we discipline. For us, as we train up our boys, it is in the ways of the Lord not in Daddy and Mommy's ways. The ability to read scripture and answer the questions of "why do I have to do that" or "why can't I do this", has been the way we have chosen to teach our children about obedience. God gives us so many examples of what happens when we don't obey (Jonah) and what happens when we do obey (Abraham, Noah), that it brings it to life for them and helps them to see what we are trying to communicate to them. We have also found that they ask more questions which results in reading or talking more about God's Word and I'm amazed at what they understand and remember.
So as you pray for your son's today, remember that God is in control and He CAN do great things in your childs life. They can learn to obey! They can understand Gods Word! They can memorize scripture! They can____________! God is able and ready to meet us where we/or our sons are, and to help us; we just need to ask.
Goal for today:
- Read the section on "Obedience" in Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most.
- Purpose to get up early and bathe your sons in prayer first thing in the morning.
- Pray the prayers on page 15 one at a time throughout the day (inserting your sons name).
- Make the prayers a part of your family devotion time, praying the prayers out loud over your son.
- Spend some time in concentrated prayer late at night, around bedtime.
If you have a chance, introduce yourself to the group in the comments section and let us know who you are and a little about the sons you are praying for, a link back to your blog if you have one, and/or maybe something you enjoyed about today's prayer challenge.
As for me, I'm Denise and I'm married to James and we have two sons (12) and (5). Both of our boys came into our family by a miracle of God through the gift of adoption. Some of the special challenges we deal with are Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and life somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. We have seen God do wonderful and miraculous things in our boys and I know that He will continue to guide us on this path. If I can help you or encourage you, please let me know. It is my desire to be an encouragement to others, especially those Mom's who face special challenges as they raise their children. When you are discouraged take a deep breath and speak out loud the words of Phil 4:6-8.