The number one prayer request I have heard in my thirty-three years of being a believer is this one: “Pray for my children to be zealous for the Lord.”
Almost every Christian parent desires for his or her children to have fiery hearts filled with passion and zeal for God. But sadly, today’s world is filled with increasing levels of lawlessness, which causes many of our children’s hearts to grow cold. This lawlessness creeps into our children’s lives through the Internet, cellphones, texting, Facebook, TV, movies, music, and much more – all of it has the potential of chilling our children’s hearts toward God and His ways.
O offspring of Abraham, His servant, children of Jacob, His chosen ones! (Psalm 105:16)
God promised the descendants of Abraham numerous blessings because of the patriarch’s faith and obedience toward Him and His ways. Because of these promises, Abraham’s children and descendants are referred to as His chosen ones.
God’s plans for Abraham and his descendants are just as valid today for believing parents and their children. Thus, our children should be viewed by faith as His chosen ones, too.
Now, our children may not look like His chosen ones as yet. They may not even be saved and may be walking in the exact opposite direction. But because our children are considered His chosen ones we have all of heaven backing us in our efforts.
…If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
It’s time for us to pray for the frozen chosen −our children −to walk in the destinies God has ordained for them.
(Excerpt from Praying for the Frozen Chosen: Our Children by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2016, Amazon eBook)
(Continued in Part 2)