Lift Them Up in Prayer
I was reading Psalm 72 a few weeks ago and read it in a new way than I had before. This was David’s prayer for his son Solomon. Check it out, it’s a powerful prayer. David raises up Solomon as the future king over Israel that God will use to bring justice, righteousness, peace, and prosperity. The King God will use to unify the people of Israel, to establish relationships with vast nations and powerful kings. To establish Israel as the great and powerful nation of God; His chosen and blessed people. Solomon had an overwhelming and vast future full of expectation ahead of him and David saturated his rule in prayer.
This makes sense to me. Of course Solomon needed all the prayer he could get, he was destined for greatness. But I desire God to use my future children in the same way. And I have confidence He will. I don’t know what it will look like but I believe God will change the world through my direct descendants. And so I pray for them every night. I don’t know their names yet but I know their identity in Christ. This brings me to Ephesians 6:4. “Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”. Saturate your children in prayer, set the example of placing Christ at the center of your priorities. God is going to use them in INCREDIBLE ways!
This Sunday is Easter! The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to lead us into victory over death and eternal life with our Heavenly Father. It’s a wonderful and magnificent story! One that has been told millions of times and will be told countless more time into eternity. A story we can hold onto and find hope and peace from.
Look at Luke 24; when the women go to Jesus’ tomb in order to prepare his body with spices they find the tomb empty and the body is gone. Their immediate reaction is confusion and maybe even grief as they attempt to deal with the emotions raging inside over the last week. This feeling is compounded when angels show up and terrify the women. But the angles are surprised themselves: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” They continue with the simple word “remember”. While Jesus was with His disciples He made it very clear what would need to happen. He prepared them for this. They should be joyful in expectation that what Jesus promised would happen came to pass. We have this same joy today! God has made us countless promises that He will fulfill. We may not understand our current situation but remember, “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33