“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
Anyone who has lived a life of wisdom and discernment knows the importance of prayer, but because it is something often done in private we need to make sure our kids are aware of our prayer habits. When we intentionally model behavior for the benefit of our children, it is not a boastful practice to explain how spiritual disciplines are woven into the fabric of your life. When you ask God for wisdom to know what is right and what is wrong, or even what is good and what is great, invite your children into your process of deciding, including how you talk to God about the decision.
This is one of the most important reasons we go to God in prayer, so He can give us the right understanding of what to ask for and which way to go.
Don’t forget to ask God to give your children discernment, and teach them to ask for it themselves. If you aren’t sure where to start, Solomon’s ask of God in 1 Kings 3:9 is a great example: “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”
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