Welcome back to Thoughtful Thursday. We are working through “Power of a Praying Parent” . If you are just joining us stop by here to get started: Introduction
Chapter 3: Securing Protection From Harm
“The Bible assures us that our prayers play a vital part in keeping trouble from them (our children). And when a painful thing does happen, they will be protected in the midst of it so it will be to their betterment and not their destruction.” (Omartian, Page 41)
Before reading Chapter 3 I have always been slightly overwhelmed by thinking that it was MY job to protect MY children from everything. Every scrape, every hurt, every heartbreak, every pain. My thinking is flawed in two ways.
First, my children are not mine, they are God’s. They are on loan to me to love, cherish and train to look at God and know who he is for themselves. Secondly, God didn’t just dump my kids at my front door and leave. He is a constant presence in my life and theirs. This chapter then began to make a lot more sense! I hope it does for you too.
Below is my outline of thinking through what it means to Secure Protection From Harm. It isn’t as hard as it sounds and our prayers go a long way!
(Note: This chapter had me thinking so the notes are a little long!)
What is Harm?
Harm: Physical injury or mental damage; hurt: moral injury; evil; wrong. OR “I pray specifically for protection from accidents, disease, injury or any other physical, mental or emotional abuse.” (Omartian, Page 43)
Complete this sentence:
“My child is most likely to face harm this week when ________________.”
For some this is an easier sentence to complete than others! This week my son is likely to get hurt playing soccer, my daughter is likely to trip over herself and I’m just trying to keep the baby healthy during allergy season. It is so easy to think our children will not encounter harm until we break it down into their realistic every day circumstances.
Pray over even the small things!
What is my job as the parent? Securing
Securing: To free from danger or harm; make safe. It is our God given job to provide, with God’s guidance, physical and emotional security for our children.
Physical security is a very tangible thing. We can hold their hands when they cross the street, we can make sure their shoes are tied on the playground and that everyone is buckled safely in the car.
Emotional security is a little more difficult but God has blessed us with the ability and discernment to guide our children. With prayer and partnership with Him, he will use us to bless our children, even emotionally!
Praise the LORD.
Blessed are those who fear the LORD,
who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Pray that God will show you how to provide both physical and emotional security for your child!
What is God’s promise? Protection
Protection: Preservation from injury or harm. With God’s help and guidance we can provide some earthly protection for our children by making good choices on their behalf and teaching them to do the same. However, there is so much in life that we cannot control. Those things are in God’s hands.
Scripture is FULL of the promises of God. Pray them over your children!
Psalm 46: 1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Also check out Psalm 91 and Psalm 121. If you have time underline all the promises of God to protect and shelter.
Harm is Real. God empowers YOU to secure. GOD Protects.
Pray in faith that GOD is in control!