Sunday, June 27

A prayer for my kids and grandkids

Scripture: Song of Songs 1-2, 2 Timothy 1

2 Timothy 1:3–5 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Observation

Lots of stuff in this chapter spoke to me, but this was first.  

Paul writes to Timothy, “my dear son” in the faith, and tells him that “night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.”  Paul prayed regularly, faithfully and unceasingly for Timothy.  

Paul remembered Timothy’s sincere faith “which first lived in your grandmother Lois” and then in his mother Eunice and now in Timothy.  Faith in Jesus started with grandma then was passed on generationally.

Application

I’m connecting these two ideas of constant prayer for a “son” and the generational transmission of the faith.

Nothing is more important to me than that my children and grandchildren (and beyond) would know Jesus and have a “sincere faith”.  It “first lived in” me and Laina, and I want it to live in my kids and grands.  

So…I will pray diligently and faithfully for them.  I commit to every-day- prayer for my kids and grands to know Jesus, follow Him closely and have a sincere faith.  I’ve recently been reminded how strongly the current of our culture is moving away from Jesus, is opposed to that sincere faith, and it makes me want to be all the more diligent in prayer and in mentoring my family.  Pray, pray, pray!

If I don’t pray for them, who will?

I believe that I’m in the kingdom and a pastor in part because of the prayers of my paternal grandmother.  Use me too in that way, Lord.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for my kids and grandkids to know You personally (not second hand), to have their own profound experience of You, to follow You whole heartedly, to serve You and live for You.  Let each of them be filled with Your Spirit and make an impact on those around them for the gospel!