This morning, I had an opportunity to share about starting our day with praise and prayer (our First Fruits), with my youngest son. The Holy Spirit filled my mouth with the right words in the way that he understood it. Then, I gave him an opportunity to do a 1 minute morning prayer that flowed from his heart. After he was done, I shared once again how I wake up and do my morning “First Fruits” prayer for just 5 minutes. He was listening very carefully.
Then, he repeated after me as I guided him into a 1-minute prayer that had the following components:
- Praise God for who He is
- Thank God for another day
- Surrender yourself, your day and your family to Gods control
- Cover yourself, your day, and your family under the blood of Jesus
- Release Gods Heavenly Angels to guard and protect us all in our day
“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.[a]
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
-Psalm 100 (NLT)
I shared with him that a 1-minute prayer like that is very important to help our day go better and can be easily done even when school starts. From my experience, I shared that you have seen mom and mom doesn’t even give herself an excuse even if she is on vacation because God is everywhere and it helps our day no matter where we are or what we are doing.
Here is a couple things to consider:
- Did you know what your child/children see around them consistently automatically programs them and when they get older they will simply flow in those things in auto-pilot mode?
- Who is going to teach them about the resurrection power in the name and blood of Jesus?
Consider what are the behaviors, characters, attitudes, best practices that your children get to see from not only those around them in the home, but utmost importantly from you the parent(s). The parent(s) are a guide and real life example that kids tend to automatically learn from and follow. It’s natural.
If you speak something to do, are you modeling that character, attribute, behavior etc. that you expect from them? Are you modeling the character, attribute, behaviors, and daily lifestyle in Christ that you desire to see your child or children to walk in?
If not you, then who will?
“Direct your children onto the right path,
and when they are older, they will not leave it.”
-Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
“Teach children how they should live,
and they will remember it all their life.”
-Proverbs 22:6 (GNT)
How does one direct, guide or teach their child or children? By not only explaining it but by showing them how it’s done so that they can see what it looks like. You as a parent(s) must lead by being a living example of what it looks like to follow Christ. You are to be a light of Christ for your child or children. It’s a choice that you have to make.
We are in a world where the love has been growing cold. There is evil and corruption everywhere you look. Either your child or children will learn from the outside world or by seeing the example you are setting.
Slow down for a moment, yield to God in “The Secret Place” and take a look at your life today. Not a single one of us is perfect, but it is extremely crucial that our children “see” that when their parent or parents are going through something, they always go back to God for help. They need the living model and example of Psalm 121! Read the entire Psalm 121 again and think, “who is going to show my child or children what this looks like?”
“1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!”
-Psalm 121:1-2 (NLT)
Your child/children need to see what it looks like to seek help from the Lord. They need to see that you are reaching out to the one who made the Heavens and the Earth! As you reach out to God amongst your tough situations and circumstances, one day when your child is going through something rough he/she WILL remember HOW, WHERE, and to WHOM their parent(s) reached out to help for. They will remember the end result of victory because they will have watched your process.
Be encouraged as a parent(s)! It’s time to review your values and lifestyle. Seek the Lord, while He still may be found! Let the Holy Spirit, who is eager to help you, guide you through the process! You got this! “I declare over you that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength and that the joy of the Lord is your strength, in Jesus name!”
Let me leave you with this: who else can better equip your child or children better than their parent(s)? who is it going to be?
God bless you abundantly!
All the praise, honor, and glory be unto our living God alone! Thank you, Jesus!