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Leave an Inheritance

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

If you watch TV at all, you’ll likely see a commercial or two about being prepared for the future. And if you’re like most of us, you have life insurance and a retirement account. You’ve taken the time to invest in your future and maybe even your children’s financially, but what about spiritually.

One of the things I pray for each day for my children is their futures. Some days this prayer can become mundane and monotonous because it’s something I pray for each day. However, this morning it really hit me just how important these prayers are for my children.

I always pray that their feet will go where God sends them. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” I want my children to be directed of the Lord. I want them to do what He calls them to do. I want Him to cover their lives with His precious blood, so that they follow the calling of the Holy Spirit.

I also pray for their future spouses. Now, I have two girls and a boy, so this calls for different prayers because God calls men and women to different roles. That doesn’t make anyone superior. That makes the roles Biblical. I pray that my children and their spouses have the wisdom to follow the roles God has clearly laid out in the Bible.

Ephesians 5:22-28 says, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be Holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.”

Children are a gift from God. I have been entrusted in taking care of them and leading them to Jesus. Part of that responsibility includes praying for my children and their futures. I want to leave a godly inheritance. I want to so cover my children in prayer that they can’t run from the love of Jesus.

I pray that you take time today to pray for your own children. Even if God hasn’t given you biological children, pray for the children around you. Maybe it’s the kids in the classes you teach at church, maybe you’re a school teacher, maybe they’re your nieces or nephews, or maybe just the neighbor next door. Our children need our prayers. Lift them up today.

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