Ava and I have always prayed for our kids to have a genuine encounter with God. Specifically an encounter with God by the time they could recognize the good and bad.
Teaching our kids and laying down the foundation of God’s word in their lives is a challenging task for dad and mom like us, because of so many responsibilities we have as parents.
After our Bible story time, we took the time to be still and listen to God’s voice as we pray
After a few minutes, I asked Bea, my seven-year-old daughter and David, my five-year-old boy, what God impressed to them.
And what Bea said almost brought me to tears.
“You know what Dad, Jesus was telling me to repent from my whining, and yung pag-speak ko ng harsh words kay David when we talk,” Bea said.
Then she added: “…Saka, yung cheating ko din. Kasi kapag nagpe-play kami ng iPad, tinatagalan ko yung pag play ko, instead of 10 minutes, hinahabaan ko para di maka-play si David.”
That surprised me because we have been dealing with that attitude a lot of times, and here she was, sharing to me what she felt God was impressing to her during our moment of silence.
Then, she closed her eyes again, prayed and ask God to forgive her for the things she did that offended Him.
I believe what she shared to me Sunday night was something that God revealed to her.
I’m reminded of this passage where kids were brought to Jesus – Matthew 19:13-15 (The Message) says, 13-15 One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left.
Parents, let it be our prayer that we will become God’s instrument in bringing our kids to a personal relationship with Christ.
For certainly, parents can’t change their kids, but when we spend time praying for God to work in their hearts everyday, He will surely show up and reveal Himself to our kids.