We just bought an
ancient old older gently-used car. The car has over 140,000 miles on it, which ordinarily might have made us fear that it would soon have something very terrible (and very expensive) go wrong with it. However, the car was regularly and carefully maintained: it had its scheduled services, regular oil changes, minor issues addressed as they came up. 140k later, and it’s humming along smoothly. Regular, small maintenance does a lot to avert big mechanical crises.
It’s bedtime and that special, extra-precious, sometimes cranky, but always cute child has finally fallen asleep. You look at the child, eyes now closed, and decide it’s time to pray for your child. What do you say?
Please be safe, please get saved, please be more obedient.
It can be hard to figure out how exactly to pray for our children sometimes, because it can often turn into praying what we want or need out of our children, instead of praying for our children for their own sake. In some ways, praying for our children can be a sneaky way for a parent to ask God for something about the child and not actually pray for the child as a fellow citizen of God’s kingdom.
Parents, Pleeeaaase don’t let your kids go to school with their cell phones!
I know that you want them to be able to call you whenever they want. I know that you don’t want them to feel deprived or different from their peers. I know that they need help if they miss the bus. And I really understand that you don’t want to deal with the temper tantrums they will throw if you take the phone away.