Pray and Wait
Our kids’ road to adulthood is rarely straight or smooth. As parents, we worry and wonder if they’ll arrive in one piece. One moment it feels they’re moving ahead too fast, and the next we fear they’ll never stand on their own two feet. Sins and foolish choices lead to painful consequences, and we suffer along with them. Parenting is a huge test of faith as we carry both fear and hope for our children.
In God’s kindness, he invites us to pray. Temptation to nag and complain melts away as frustrations are placed in God’s hands. Fear and stress are relieved as we call on God’s power and strength. Pain and disappointment find comfort in his loving arms. By entrusting our kids to an all-knowing, perfect heavenly Father, our crushing burden is lifted. We don’t have to hold all the answers. We no longer try to act as our kids’ conscience or guide at all times. His Spirit gives the kindness and patience we need to bear with our kids through it all.
Moms and dads, let’s “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” for our children. (Ephesians 6:18) Our great God will prove himself faithful.
As you trust the Lord with your growing children, you’re able to celebrate each new season of their lives. You can savor the shift from your role of authority to one of influence. You celebrate the friendship you’re cultivating as they grow. As the daily demands of parenting diminish, you’re set free to explore new callings that give you joy. The Spirit can rekindle the passions and interests you’ve set aside to serve your family. Rather than remaining stuck in grieving the end of one life season, God will stir hope for what’s still to come.
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Joanna Teigen and her husband Rob have shared over 25 years of marriage and life with five kids, plus a beautiful daughter-in-law. They’re a neat-freak married to a mess, an explorer to a homebody, and an introvert to a ‘people person.’ But they agree their vows are for always, children are a gift, and prayer is powerful. Joanna is the co-author of Mr. and Mrs., 366 Devotions for Couples, Powerful Prayers for Your Son, and a variety of other resources for couples and parents. She looks forward to meeting you at GrowingHomeTogether.com.