I have been a father for the Past 12 years of my life. When I became one it was sort of an out of nowhere unexpected experience. I was 20 years old and dating an older woman. When we married I went from being a father of zero to a father of four instantly so I had to learn on the fly. I can admit that many things I did when I first became a father where with a good heart and intention but not what God would have wanted me to do. Times where hard because I was not completely ready for this new role and I had to prepare to undo some of the things that had already been done to the children. Nothing was ever done to them maliciously but just things from the life they lived without a two parent home. Anyway I have digressed from the purpose prayer is what has maintained the relationships that we have and having an open ear to them and to God.
Scripture teaches us in Proverbs 22:6 “to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it”. This simply means to me that if you spend time teaching your children who God is and what it is about then even when they have problems in their lives they will eventually turn back to God. Struggles that they may go through may seem like they are tough at the time but they will in the end prevail. God has also taught us in scripture that “men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. This verse written by the Gospel writer Luke in Chapter 18 verse 1 tells us that when we are fathers and men we should always be praying not just for our children but everything in our family.
The things that we do are noticed even when we don’t realize they are watching us. Our children see when we pray or read our bibles. They see when we make time for them or shoo them away. They are paying attention to us so we must make it our mission to pay attention to God. Before I go I want to tell you two stories one of me personally and one that one of my friends recently posted on Facebook. When my oldest daughter was a freshman or sophomore in high school she was having a conversation with one of her friends and her comment touched me so that I still remember today and try to live by her thoughts. She stated that I had told her something and I never lie so it had to be true. So know I strive daily to seek God and pray to him so that her thoughts of me being so good that I never tell a lie can remain true. Prayer keeps us honest even with our children. The other story pertains to my friend and his children. They were driving down the road and saw a homeless man standing on the corner. One of the children saw the man and noticed that their dad had $13 dollars sitting in the center console. The child had alway seen Dad doing the right thing so they commented for their dad to let the window down. The next part is what touched my heart and spirit the dad objected and said the guy might not be homeless and the child replied that we are blessed and if he willing to stand out side in the hot sun then we can bless him to. Our words and things that we teach our children stick with them. Our prayers allow what we teach them to stick. Let your prayers stick!!
Yours in Christ,