Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fathers Praying for their Children

 Brian Croft, at his excellent blog on pastoral ministry, recently commented on the value of fathers praying for their children. He cited the testimony given by one young man.

I share it that you also might be encouraged in this regular valuable exercise.

I came from a Christian home where I was taught to love the Lord at very early age.  One of my fondest memories as a young boy was having my father pray for me at bedtime.  Each night he would pray: “Father in heaven, I pray for my son—That you would bless him and keep him, and give him a good night’s sleep.  I pray that he would grow to be a just and upright man, and that he would never know a day without you.  In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.”  I remember one night at about age 9, my dad bent down to kiss me after praying and noticed that my eyes were tearful.  He asked, “Why are you crying, son?”  And I answered, “Because I’m happy…”  Little did my father know that the Lord was dealing with me in His own peculiar way.  For some time, my soul had been restless because of sin in my life and my need to be forgiven.  That night, when my father prayed the words, “that he would never know a day without you…” I knew for the first time that I knew the Lord Jesus—and that made me very happy.



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