I’ve been loosely working through a study on Praying Circles around Your Children. Thanks for joining me!
“There is something powerful about a single God-inspired prayer repeated throughout a child’s lifetime. I’d like to call it a prayer mantra.”- Mark Batterson
The Guires have many mantras. People are more important than things is one of them. We have many habits that make us who we are. One of our habits is- when someone is sick we buy blue Gatorade. It can’t be any other color.
We also have some daily prayer mantras. Every day after Bible study, I pray “that we would study to show ourselves approved and we have the discipline and desire to read and study the word.” Another one I pray often is “we will walk in love towards one another.” Of course I have more specific prayers for each child.
One of the failings of the current public/social system is the neglect of purpose. Children are asked what they want to do with their lives in terms of monetary and material gain instead of what makes them “cry or pound their fist on the table”. In other words, what are they passionate about? What makes them lose track of time? What makes them weep or leap for joy? God has placed giftings in each one of us. He expects us to use those to further his kingdom with gladness.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it <sup class=”footnote” style=”background-color: white; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;” value=”[a]”>[a]overflows).- John 10:10
Nothing sucks the joy out of life more than doing something I despise. It destroys life. It kills joy. Pete Seeger hits the nail on the head in his song “Little Boxes“. Are we teaching our children to fit in the box or do the glorious thing that God has put them on earth to do?
Sometimes it is difficult to see past the now of our children. Their current outward behavior does not dull the vision God has for them. He sees them through his Godly lenses. He knows who they will become. Two year old Einstein probably threw some tantrums. Billy Graham probably was disciplined a time or two. Queen Elizabeth fidgeted in her seat at some royal ceremonies. Michelle Duggar had her moments of disobedience.
When I look at my children, I must see their potential not their poor behavior. I must circle, pray and look for their passions. Instead of seeing a hurt child, I see a someone with a heart of compassion. In the bee catcher, I see an adventurer. In the comic, I see a someone who wants everyone to have a slice of joy. In the child who takes everything apart (and doesn’t put it back together), I see a problem solver. The great news is- God sees even more!
“Now FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. -Hebrews 11:1
“What makes our kids laugh? What makes them cry? What gets them upset? If we want to discover their destinies, we need to follow their trails of tears, their clenched fists, and their smiles.”- Mark Batterson