“Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”” Judges 13:8
The responsibility of raising children in the fear of the Lord is one of the greatest tasks God has given the human being. When Manoah, Samson’s father, and his wife, learned they were going to be parents and that the son God was giving them had been chosen to be a great servant of God, they made the best decision. They went to God and said, “Lord, teach us how to be parents. You know better than anyone how we should raise our children, help us please.”
I think the wisest thing we could do as parents is approach the Creator of the universe who formed us in the womb and understands us perfectly, in Him there is divine wisdom. The only thing we need is a humble and open heart to listen to the direction the Lord has for us.
In Manoah’s prayer he specifically asked for two things for his son:
“Manoah said, “Now let Your words come to pass! What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?”” (Judges 13:12)
In other words, Lord, how can I shape my son’s character? And what is the purpose and mission you have for him?
So, how do we focus our prayer?
I think this passage helps us parents to understand two of our greatest responsibilities. To raise children in the fear of the Lord is to focus on these two things.
1.Shaping our children’s character
This is a process that takes a lot of time, but can be done from an early age. Character relates to the way our children treat their authorities, their classmates, but above all, it speaks of humility, and the ability to receive instruction and obey it.
This is a process that takes a lot of time, but can be done from an early age.
A clear example of this is a wild horse. No one can approach it, no one can ride it, but after it has been tamed by his master, this horse can become very meek and be kept under reins. Something similar happens with our children, it is our responsibility to put their emotions under the reins of the Word of God. Their words, which could be explosive, keep them under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Part of our prayer needs to be, “Lord, what are the gifts and talents You have already placed in our children?” After this, God will begin to guide you and give you the specific words that will help you lead your children to the right path.
For example, in the beginning of this year, God led me to recall the Words He had given me for each of my children. I realized the Word God had given me for Noah, our oldest son, had been specifically for the moment of his birth, and so I started to seek that rhema word that would guide Noah’s life. God gave me a promise in Psalm 71, and it says Noah will be a great worship leader, that God will use him greatly with his mouth and he will be a man who will impart joy and take the good news to others.
This helped me a lot and gave me direction. I want to help my son to cultivate the talents God gave him in music for him to be a great man of God.
Today, I motivate you to remember the promises God has given you for your children in your times of prayer. And if you still have not received one, ask God to speak to you. God gave us the responsibility to form the character of our children and help them fulfill their purpose.