I was starting to write a list of what I would pray for my kids this week and they started to sounds very familiar…the fruits of the spirit! Now a few days ago I already prayed on kindness which is one of the fruits but there are still 8 more. Take a minute to read about it in Galatians…
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians 5:16-25, NLT)
There is some powerful truth in those few verses. We may have good intentions like it says above, but only the Spirit truly produces fruit in us. And do you see that the desires of the sinful nature are mainly ME focused…”What’s in it for me?” … “How does this make me feel?” … “I’m most important.” But the fruit of the Spirit is OTHERS focused… “How can I show love toward others?” … “How can I be at peace with others?” I don’t know about you, but I do not like the ME focused list (I’m speaking from personal experience here) and I definitely do not like it for my kids. So if I don’t wish that for them then I need to be praying that they are OTHERS focused. I need to be praying for fruit in their lives, even at such a young age.
Now don’t forget that this is fruit of LIVING in the Spirit. And you can not live in the Spirit if you do not know the Spirit. So if your kids are old enough to comprehend their need for Jesus but they don’t know Him, your first act of prayer this week is for their salvation! None of my kids have accepted Christ. They are still very young, but it’s an on-going prayer that we have for them. But I’m still praying for this fruit in their lives now. I want them to taste and see that it is good, which is another way to lead them to Him.
So spend this week praying these virtues over your babies. But don’t just half heartedly go through the list. Think about what each one means. Maybe take one a day to focus on. And read the sinful nature list too and pray against it. Our kids are definitely worth it!
PS…Remember, this is a very busy week for me with the women’s conference at my church. I won’t be posting every day, but when I do, I hope to share a little nugget of prayer that God is teaching me!