JANUARY 18

Have a Good Day

Let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. PSALM 32:6

When our children were little, I would pray with them in the morning and ask God that they would "have a good day." Something about the simplicity of that prayer seemed appropriate for what they were facing. But when Barbara and I were alone and praying for our children, our petitions were often a bit more involved—especially as they grew older. That's because we knew—as you do—that there's a lot more to life than having a good day. Frankly, there were many times when we prayed that our kids would have challenging days. When we were focusing on certain character qualities and issues in their lives—and wanted their hearts to soften and become more teachable—we didn't always pray for good days. We knew that some lessons could only be taught in the schoolroom of a "horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day."

Anne Arkins, coauthor of While They Were Sleeping, says that when she prays for her children, she often says, "Lord, do whatever You have to do in their lives to help them recognize their need for You and to see what You want to accomplish in their lives." This prayer reminds us that God is the owner of life and the true Father of our children. He has given us responsibility over them for a season, but what they really need is to be taught and trained by Him and to grow in relationship with Christ.

It is a great privilege to help our children learn to develop good habits, to make right choices and to walk with the Lord. But sometimes this requires a mom or dad being willing to step back, hold out open hands and ask God to teach them a lesson—even if it means not having a very good day.

DISCUSS
What issues are your children facing right now? What choices are they learning to make? What kind of prayer do they need?

PRAY
Pray together for each of your children by name and by need, trusting that God will draw them closer to Him each day, through each circumstance.  

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