Pray for your kids – courage

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”(Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV)

I’m not sure I really want to pray courage for my kids – I want them to be kept safe and secure, why should I desire that they need courage?

Yet I also know that we all need to face fears and a sheltered life of ease is not best for any child. It requires courage to trust God, to follow Christ when everyone else is calling it foolishness.

Courage is necessary if my children are ever going to say, “I am not ashamed of the gospel” (Romans 1:16).

A necessary part of wisdom is courage, knowing the wise path will cost or hurt but choosing to walk in it anyway. This is what makes a person honourable.

Then there unfortunately are those bad things which happen and we cannot fully protect our children from. Already two of my kids have spent time in hospital and one has endured prolonged, severe ezcema. She was courageous, facing unrelenting pain and trusting both God and her parents.

As a father I don’t know what lies ahead for my kids, but they will need courage to face it honourably and with wisdom.

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