At First Baptist Church, Lafayette, we encourage our entire church to pray together about “one thing” each week. This week we are praying for families. Specifically, we are praying for strong marriages and strong relationships between parents and children.
As we seek ways to pray for our families, I find myself thinking about the Prayer of Manoah.
Then Manoah prayed to the LORD, “O Lord, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” Judges 13:8 (NIV)
Have you ever prayed a prayer like Samson’s father’s prayer as recorded in Judges 13:8? Maybe your prayer didn’t come out quite as eloquent as Manoah’s prayer. Maybe your prayer was simply, “Help!” I believe that Manoah’s prayer ought to be our prayer for our children.
Manaoh’s prayer is, first of all, a prayer of dependence upon the Lord. He knew what all parents ought to know—we are going to need God’s help. Manaoh’s prayer is a prayer of direction. Every child is different, so we need to know what to do with this kid. Finally, Manoah’s prayer is a prayer of dedication. Because he prayed for God’s wisdom, there is the assumption that he would seek to follow that wisdom.
Think of it this way: If you are not going to pray for your child, who do you think is?” I read that it will cost somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 to raise a child these days from birth to 18 years old. If you were going to invest that kind of money in anything else, don’t you think that you would want to do everything possible to make sure that your investment went well?
For those with children or grandchildren, recommit to the investment—pray the Prayer of Manoah for your children.
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