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Trusting God to Watch Over Your Children When They Go Out Into the World
Parenting is not for the faint of heart. Almost no other role requires more choices and decisions that have such a profound, long-lasting impact.
And as stressful as parenting can be when we are standing right beside our son or daughter, it becomes more stressful when they are not in our presence—no matter how old the child is!
The fear this triggers in a parent’s spirit is the reason we’re witnessing the rise of technology designed to help us check in on our kids—from nanny cams to tracking devices and apps. Nowadays, cell phones and text messaging make it easier to get hold of our kids. But if we don’t hear back, we can imagine the worst! Even camps have been pressured into posting pictures of campers so parents can see their kids are alive and well.
But even with all these tools, the reality is that we can never know exactly where our child is and what they are doing.
Thankfully, there is Someone who always knows where our children are.
Our heavenly Father is sovereign. He is all-seeing and all-knowing. Proverbs 15:3 reminds us, “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” We can relax, knowing that the One who loves us also loves our children.
How does this make you feel?
If you have a relationship with Christ, then you probably feel a sense of peace, knowing your child is in good hands. That’s why Moms in Prayer starts each prayer time with praise and then moves toward closing with intercession.
By first focusing on God’s loving, caring, compassionate, purposeful, and wise characteristics, we are reminded that even when we aren’t in control, we can trust the One who is.
The beauty of prayer, especially scripture prayer, is it allows us to hand over all our worries, fears, and anxieties to God, and He promises in Philippians 4:6-7 that He will replace all our angst with His inexplicable peace.
As Psalm 103 says, we praise You for being “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” We do not deserve Your love and compassion, yet You freely bestow these upon us. Forgive us for the times we worry and take matters into our own hands, forgetting that Your timing is always perfect. Lord, thank You for this journey we embark on to pray Your words over our children. Help us remember that when we begin to fear, we need to, instead, go to prayer. James 4:2 says we don’t have because we don’t ask. Lord, help us to remember to ask in Your powerful name and to wait on Your perfect timing, knowing that Your love and compassion extend to our child and that You promise to work all things together for Your good purpose (Romans 8:28).