A prayer to pray for your children (or grandchildren) every day…

Praying with your childrenI believe I read every godly parent’s (and grandparent’s) prayer in the Bible this morning, as they think of the challenges that young people face today… Their prayer as they contemplate their future in the evil world in which we live today…

Here’s what I read this morning in my Bible this morning that describes the world in which we live – and the world our children and grandchildren will have to live in (should the coming of the Lord be delayed)…

“Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man! Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak… On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.” (from Psalm 12:1-2, 8) Sounds like the corrupted culture around us doesn’t it?

Oh and the prayer? “O Lord, will you keep them? Will you guard them for this generation?” (A prayer that was prompted by reading Psalm 12:7)

But, here’s the good news… The Psalm doesn’t really state it as a prayer – it is uttered as a word of assurance – a statement of conviction in spite of the evil that seems to dominate our culture and the world around us… “You, O Lord WILL keep them – You WILL guard them from this generation forever!”

Hey, I pray it EVERY DAY for my children and grandchildren! But, I’m telling you, I’m grateful for the faithfulness of God and His ability to protect them and keep them from evil! I’m glad Psalm 12:7 is a word of assurance, aren’t you… Let’s pray it – and claim it!

Idols are a hassle! They have to be carried… The Living God carries His people instead!

Father carrying his childIdol’s are a hassle! First you have to make them… they are dead, inanimate things… then you have to carry them and move them… then they’re such demanding things – depending on the religion, you have to feed them (but they never really eat what you give them) and you have to appease them. They are a burden to be borne! And even if you don’t make what would be called an image or idol, but instead construct or identify something in your life that you “worship” (money, possessions, something pleasurable, etc.) the same problems exist! They end up taking, not giving; they’re costly, they’re demanding, and you end up in bondage to something that has no power of its own to help you – you end up carrying it!

The Living God is not like that! He “carries” those who embrace Him, have faith in Him, and reverence Him! What a contrast! I read about it this morning during “coffee with the Lord…

Here’s what the Lord said to His people:

“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, WHO HAVE BEEN BORNE BY ME from before your birth, CARRIED from the womb! Even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I WILL CARRY YOU! I have made, AND I WILL BEAR; I WILL CARRY AND I WILL SAVE!

“To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike? … The goldsmith makes a god; then falls down to worship it. They lift in to their shoulder, THEY CARRY IT, they sit it in its place, and it stands there. It cannot move! If one cries to it, it does not answer or save him from his trouble!

“Remember this and stand firm! … I am God, and there is no other! I am God, and there is none like me! … My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish my purpose! … I have spoken and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed and I will do it!” (From Isaiah 46)

Idols… whatever they may be… There is no comparison between them and the Living God! He is alive! He conquered death! The Living God carries His people! He hears their prayers! Abandon any and all “idols!” Trust the Lord instead! Remember His commandment? “You shall have no other gods before [or besides} Me!” (Exodus 20:3)

God… Creator and Sustainer of All Things! I’m in Awe – and Worshipping!

The vastness of the universe leaves me breathlessly in awe!  Galaxy after galaxy – solar system after solar system – hundreds and thousands of light years…  Some scientists argue that space is endless!

And then the contrast… a small, newborn infant – no, more than even that… An infant just beginning to form in the womb of its mother (about the size of a garden pea)!

Here’s what God’s word has to say about that… “You [Lord] formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…My frame was not hidden from You when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book they were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was not one of them!  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!” (from Psalm 139)

On the other hand, here’s what I read about the vast expanse of the universe this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord!” … “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!  You have set Your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouth of babies and infants You have established strength… When I look at your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son [or daughter] of man that you care for them?  Yet You have made them a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned them with glory and honor!  You have given them dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under their feet! … O LORD, OUR LORD, HOW MAJESTIC IS YOUR NAME IN ALL THE EARTH!” (from Psalm 8)

Wow!  Incredible!!!  From the smallest babe forming in its mother’s womb to the furthest reach of the universe… GOD IN CONTROL – GOD AWARE – CREATOR, SUSTAINER GOD!!!  Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, uttered these words… “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created through Him and for Him!  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together!” (from Colossians 1:16-17)

I’m simply in awe this morning! … More than that… I’m in worship!!!  Hope you are as well!!!

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