"I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children."
Isaiah 49:25, King James Version
" A Father Who ‘ Contends' For Us"
"Assurance" - Unhesitating. Bold. Secure. Certain. Firm. Constant.
Is there someone in my family whom I want to bring to Jesus?
Do I have a child who needs God's love?
"Soar, child, soar.
Soar to the bosom of your Father,
from the birthing of your
Grasp, my little one,
The warm hands of Jesus
To love and guide you
Day by day."
Over the last few weeks, I have had a huge increase in prayer requests for children and so today I want to encourage your heart with a special devotional which is based on one of my favorite texts, Isaiah 49: 25.
Several years ago, one of my nieces, whom I consider to be like my own child, decided her judgment and opinions, at the age of 18, superseded those of the adults in her life. One of the decisions she made was to get involved with a young man who had no spiritual interest whatsoever.
Of course, all of her family was concerned. However, there are times when the more you say, the worse things become. This was certainly one of those times.
I'll never forget talking with my niece by phone one Sunday afternoon. She was going to school in South Carolina; I was in Arizona. I desperately wanted to keep the line of communication open between the two of us so I not only chose my words carefully, but I kept my advice to a minimum. After I hung up the phone, I felt as though nothing I had said made any difference. I was really in a state of discouragement and frustration regarding the situation.
As I became overwhelmed with concern, a thought entered my head, "Pray for Aimee."
Just those three words. It was really all I could do. And so, I put up post-it-notes around my house with Aimee's name on them. Everytime I saw a note, I prayed. Everytime her name came into my thoughts, I prayed. One day, I prayed seventeen times for her. Not some big fancy worded prayer. Not some order for God to do what I wanted, either. I just said her name, "Aimee."
I prayed these words, "Dear Heavenly Father, wherever Aimee is, whatever she is doing, help her to know you love her. Please be with her. I give her care to You!" That was all I asked for. Because, for all of us who have loved ones, children, or relatives in our lives whom we are concerned about, one thing is certain - no matter how much I love that person - God loves them even more. In fact, I truly believe God's assurance, His "I will's" regarding our families and children, are some of the strongest and most beautiful words in Scripture. Here are just a few of God's assurances when it comes to our children:
1) I will be a refuge for your children. (Proverbs 14:26, New International Version)
2) I will pour blessings on your children. (Isaiah 44:3, The Message)
3) I will contend with him who contends with thee. (Isaiah 49:25, King James Version)
4) I will teach your children. (Isaiah 54:13, The Message)
5) I will save your children. (Isaiah 49:25, King James Version)
I want to make it clear. These aren't wishy-washy words. They aren't "maybe" promises. These words are strong as a rock. You can "go to the bank" on these assurances and they are given to us with certainty by a dependable God.
It's been nearly ten years since the experience I shared with you happened. Aimee married the most wonderful boy in the world. Someone she met a year later, who is a spiritual leader in their family. They have a four-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy.
Guess what, I found out later that even when I didn't think my prayers were doing any good at all, God was quietly at work doing what I couldn't do. He was guiding Aimee in ways I could not.
And one more thing. Like myself, perhaps you couldn't have a child of your own. Well then, find a child who needs your prayers. Ask God to save that child - and He will - because I believe there are no prayers God loves to answer more than when we pray for all our children.
Remember, God's assurance for you today, "I will contend with him who contends with thee, and I will save thy children." I like the meaning in Scripture of the word "contend" for it means, "to thoroughly defend."
God is on your side today, thoroughly, defending those you love. I'm so thankful He has assured us that, "I will save thy children."
"Loving God, thank you for always being ready to listen to me. You are always there. Forgive me for being so busy that I often forget to listen, especially to the children. It's alarming to think that any of us could be busy doing good things, even great things, and yet fail to listen to a child. Teach me to listen while there's still time."
Pat Corrich Hinton
"Lord, as once the mothers of Israel brought their children to you that you might bless them, so now we come to you bringing with us in our hearts those children who are especially dear to each one of us. Kneeling in the shadow of your great love for them, your most glorious and perfect prayer to the Father for them, we say their names over in your presence … You alone know what awaits them in life, and the special needs of each one of them, and we humbly trust them to your never-failing mercy and almighty love. We ask only that throughout their lives they may do and bear what is your will for them as perfectly as they are able, and that you will keep them close to you now and forever."
Elizabeth Goudge, England (1900-1984)
Dorothy Valcarcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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