live out their belief :: praying for my kids

I feel like I need to explain something very important. I DO NOT have it all together (and my pastor husband doesn’t either). And I definitely don’t have it all together in my walk with God, as a wife, with my children…really with anything. Sometimes people think that because my husband is a pastor, I have all the answers or that I live a perfectly spiritual life. NO, NO, NO! I fumble daily. Let’s be honest…I fumble every minute of the day. How? I’m so glad you asked. Here are just a few fumbles…

  • I’ve yelled at my kids.
  • I’ve said mean things to my husband for no good reason.
  • We probably remember to pray for all our meals 40% of the time. I know, awful. And when we do remember, it’s usually out in public. Even more awful because we are trying to look super spiritual (unintentionally of course).
  • Often when someone is praying, I’m thinking to myself something like, “I can’t forget to pick up milk at the store.” That’s a bad one to admit.

Do you get the point? Ok, so I really just needed to clear that up. And thankfully I have a God that fills in those gaps of falling short. And He reminds me in those fumbles of how much I need Him. So now onto what you really want to read…

Today’s virtue to pray: LIVE OUT THEIR BELIEF

“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord. “You are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God— there never has been, and there never will be. (Isaiah 43:10)

This is technically not a virtue, but something I’ve been thinking about today since I read a few chapters this morning in the book Too Busy Not To Pray. Bill Hybels explains…

Whatever it takes for you to own the doctrine of God’s omnipotence, do it. Because once you own it, you migrate from being a faint-hearted pray-er to being an outright prayer warrior. And it’s in that state that you begin to live out your belief that God has the power to do anything, to change anyone and to intervene in any circumstance.

This is great for many reasons. I want to own it too. I want to go from faint-hearted pray-er to outright prayer warrior. Did you see the next line, “And it’s in that state that you begin to LIVE OUT YOUR BELIEF…”. This is what I can’t shake today. I want my kids to not just believe, but to own it and to live it out. One of my biggest fears is having the preachers kids that go wild when they get out of the house. I don’t want them to just believe because mom and dad do, but live out their own belief because they have been changed by God. Live out their own belief because they have experienced God. Live out their own belief because they see their need for Him.

I think Isaiah 43:10 (above) is a great verse to pray over our kids with this virtue. Because when our kids choose to know God, when they understand that He is God alone, then I think they will be living out their own belief in Him who saved them.