Are You Struggling to Train Up Your Child in the Lord?
Raising Children Takes Prayer and Patience
As a parent, you understand the truth of Proverbs 22:15…
“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it out far from him.”
Parenthood is not easy. It takes prayer, patience, wisdom, and understanding. The enemy will use fear, frustration, and guilt against every parent.
If he can tell parents enough lies about how to raise their children, then they will abandon God’s instruction for doing so.
Understand this, as a parent you are to discipline and train your child. Not out of anger, but from a place of love. When you correct a child as God instructs, you are shaping his or her heart so they can see the love of their heavenly Father.
The concept of “training up your child” is from the idea that you are helping him or her prepare for their future. Just as you train your mind in school to prepare you for a job and a future, the same principle applies to train your child spiritually.
Hebrews 12 tells us how we are to discipline our children in love…
“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons… Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”—Hebrews 12:7-8, 11
If we fail to discipline, we are not planting seeds the produce the fruit of righteousness. However, if we discipline out of anger, that anger will take root within your child. Therefore, knowing God’s vision for your child is essential.
It is for this reason that prayer needs to be the first step to training up your child in the Lord.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6
How to Train Up Your Child in the Lord
Step 1: Start by praying for wisdom and understanding. Parenting is a journey. With each changing season in your son’s or daughter’s life comes new challenges for you as a parent. This is why praying for your children, and for God to give you direction as a parent, is so important. We suggest praying over them and for them daily.
Also allow yourself some grace. Parenting is not about perfection. It is simply a road for which we can show our children to rely more on God through times of joy and times of struggle.
Step 2: Check out the resources below. We understand parenting is a challenge. That’s why we have developed resources for you to use during your personal time. Use them as a springboard into your study and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read them so you can have wisdom and understanding in raising your children according to God’s vision.
Step 3: Meditate and declare God’s Word. We are each responsible for bringing peace into our homes. Your children need to see you being a doer of the Word. You can do this by declaring God’s promised blessings over them.
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, “This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.’”’”—Numbers 6:22-26
Resources that Direct You to God’s Vision for Your Child
- The Biblical Call of Motherhood
Motherhood is an emotional experience, to say the least. One moment you are delirious with delight over a godly choice your child has made, and the next you are on your knees with hands lifted high, praying on your child’s behalf. Read the Full Article Here…
- Praying for Your Children in the Courts of Heaven
What does “praying for your children” mean? For many of us, praying for our children is a constant and continual process. We pray that they marry the “right” person or make the “right” choices. We may be praying for their hearts to stay with or turn to the Lord… Read the Full Article Here…
- How Does God Answer Prayers about Our Children and How Should We Respond?
Most parents know the feeling of crying out to the Lord in desperation on behalf of their children—be it out of fear for their safety, decision-making, or health. As parents, we are in a constant state of worry for our children. What does the Bible tell us about praying for our children? Read the Full Article Here…
- Reclaiming My Role in My Family | Biblical Fatherhood
Biblical fatherhood—what does it mean? It is more than a title. When we pause for a moment and embrace the biblical role that the Lord gave us as fathers, we enter into the protective covering of our Heavenly Father. Read the Full Article Here…
- How to Leave a Legacy that Reminds Your Children of Their Heritage
In our Western culture today, we compartmentalize our lives. We have adopted a worldview and look through a Hellenized lens instead of a Hebraic lens regarding our daily lives. We’ve become so far detached from our heritage that we are on theological thin ice—a house built on sand, if you will.
As a result, parenting from a biblical perspective seems to be out of our reach. We don’t know where to turn, so we seek what is the easiest and most accessible to us. Our homes are in an uproar, and our relationships become broken. We need a “fix”—and fast. Read the Full Article Here…
- How to Break Generational Curses
Generational curses wreak havoc on the bloodlines of so many. If you look back on your family and find devastating circumstances—poverty, sexual immorality, prison, murder—that present themselves generation after generation, it could be an indication that there is a bloodline curse.
Bloodline bondage that is passed down through the family line needs to be stopped before it carries on to future generations. Read the Full Article Here…
Words of Encouragement
Here is a list of Bible verses for you to meditate on and to declare today….
- “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”—Ephesians 6:4
- “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”—Hebrews 12:11
- “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.”—Proverbs 22:15
- “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”—Luke 15:20
- “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6
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The Bible tells us that children are a gift from God. They teach us just as much as we teach them. Embrace this gift today.
I pray hope, peace, and love are released in your life. I speak, “Shalom, Shalom,” over you.
- “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”—Psalm 127:3
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