"It Takes More Than A Village... But Prayer Also!"
As our children prepare to return to school, and all sorts of materials are being purchased, books, paper, pens, pencils, new clothes, computers, calculators, and such. There is something that we must also pack in their backpacks daily. There is something that is needed in that lunch box each and every day.
There is something that the entire village needs to ensure that we supply our children with. This something is more nutritious and needed than all the vitamins contained in the meals that they will consume; more powerful than any nuclear weapon; more necessary than the very air we breathe; this something is more valuable, and yet, the least expensive of all school materials purchased, and more readily available.
What is this something? Well, it's the easiest element to equip our children with, and yet, it is the most neglected. What is this something, again, you ask.... well, this something is... PRAYER!
Judges 13:8 reads, "Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born."
This chapter of the Old Testament speaks to the birth of Samson. However, when Manoah, (Samson's father) received word that he and his barren wife would have a child.... he "prayed" to God for instructions as to what they should do unto the child. Or we can say that he prayed to God for parental instructions concerning the great responsibility that they have been blessed with. Our children are great responsibilities, as they are a great blessing.
As parents we do a great many things in the name of our children. We work on jobs, laboring within and without the home. All in an effort to provide them with the very best. However, we very often times neglect praying for our children. We cover them with shelter, a roof over head, food, insurance, and other materials. Yet, we so very often times neglect to also cover them with prayer. This is especially essential as they go out into a world so full of evils of every kind. The government may try to keep prayer out of schools through legislature but only the lack of Prayer can truly keep it out of our schools, homes, and every other place.
While parenting is never easy, and always a daunting task regardless the age of our children. Successful parenting takes more than just the mom & dad... it takes the entire village (the Church, Community, Schools, Friends, Relatives, Associates, and Neighbors) and most important and inclusive is PRAYER!
Like Manoah, let us cover our children in prayer daily. Like Manoah, let us petition God and make daily intercession for not only our own children, but all children; the churched and the unchurched alike. The world is indeed a dangerous place and our children are being forced to deal with adult situations that not even many adults are confronted with. While the African proverb is true..."It Takes A Village To Raise A Child." The Word of God is even moreso True, Powerful, and Prevailing throughout Perpetuity.
We don't need another Dr. Spock seminar, another Timeout Session, another book off the New York Best Selling list. We must faithfully follow, and apply the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
Let us lean not to the "How-to Books" on parenting but on the Book of Books, from the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings! Let us obey the Word of God... ...
Luke:18:1, "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;" (This includes our children).
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” (Draw near to God in Prayer not draw near to "How-to" books).
Psalms 127a, “Except the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it;”) (Without God's Holy Spirit teaching and leading us in all things, all of our efforts are vain and futile works of non-productive busyness).
Again, it takes more than a Village, it also takes Prayer. Let us cover our children, our homes, our churches, our communities, our teachers, our local and national leaders, our local and nationally elected officials, emergency personnel, our military service men and women, and ourselves... IN PRAYER!
Be Blessed & Let Us All... ...Always Pray!
Pastor J. A. Rogers, Sr.