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How should we pray for our children?
Our children face an unprecedented set of challenges. Consider these overwhelming obstacles:
- lack of societal morals
- mental/emotional pressures
- international instability
- the stress of urban living
How should we pray for our children? This vital question prompted our PTFA to develop a 21-week series of prayer emphases. We pray for the Lord to give our children salvation, protection, wisdom, and purity. They must have godly friends, a love for God and others, a sense of calling, strong faith, and many more. You can see each week’s theme below or follow our weekly social media updates. Let’s pray for our children!
21 Weeks of Prayer for the Children
Easter Week: Easter Sunday
Despite the praise of the crowds on Palm Sunday, Jesus knew the enthusiasm would fade. His mission was greater than just deliverance from political oppression by pagan Romans. He had a higher calling than merely healing disease or providing free food. He was sent by the Father, appointed as Messiah, to save His people from an even greater, even deeper enemy: their sins (Matthew 1:21).
Such salvation would require the deepest level of commitment and endurance. He must live a righteous, sin-free life. He must be condemned to die a bloody cross-death. And there, suspended between earth and heaven as a divine lightning rod, He must take on the sins of humanity (1 Peter 2:24) so He could then absorb the righteous anger of the holy God on sin.
But the salvation wouldn't be complete unless the Son of God must rise from the dead. His body wouldn't decay but would be resurrected with new life from the Father. Now, ascended to the Father and having granted His Spirit to empower His followers, Jesus Christ will soon appear to claim full rights over heaven and earth.
May you delight in the tragedy and glory of this Easter weekend. May you be embarrassed by the grave effects of your sin and the extent to which Jesus must suffer. And may you be astounded by His infinite love and absolute commitment to providing you ultimate salvation. Happy Easter! He is risen!
Easter Week: Palm Sunday
The scene of the first day of what we’ve come to name “Holy Week” is quite ironic. We see a crowd of people welcoming Jesus, inviting Him as Savior as He enters Jerusalem on a donkey. The same crowd of people who cry out, “Hosanna, Son of David! Save us:” will a few days later cry out, “Away with Him!” Israel, weary of occupation and oppression by the Roman government, was looking for a savior from their present circumstances. They were willing to accept Jesus as this savior until it was clear that the salvation He offered was not the kind they were looking for.
As believers we too have to guard against a fickle allegiance to Jesus as our Savior. When we cry out for Jesus to save us from our present situation: financial strain, physical pain, relationship issues, the stress of responsibilities, etc., we need to be careful not to become bitter, angry, and discouraged when Christ doesn’t save us on our terms. Just like with Israel, our personal salvation is only a part of God’s wider plan. We don’t know where or how our current sufferings fit into this wider plan but we can trust our loving Father that it is a good fit.
Happy week off! How will you celebrate your winter break? Let us suggest one hope-giving idea.
Help your child unplug and enjoy many other activities during their break. From baking, and arts & craft fun, to the overdue cleaning out of a closet, and visiting with extended family, you can enjoy lifelong memories.
The extra time off may also mean extra screen time for our students, which can be harmful. Here are ways you can help your child use their time wisely.
Internet Safety: A Parent's Guide
- Step 1. Keep the computer in a public place
- Step 2. Review rules of computer use
- Step 3. Do not tolerate cyber-bullying
- Step 4. Know who your child talks to online
- Step 5. Don't give out personal information
Enjoy being present with your child, for it is one of God's most precious gifts to us as parents.
Want to learn more?
Explore this podcast episode with Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-wise Family:
Make Real Life Compelling, 1000 Hours Podcast
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Resources for Parents
Looking for resources to help you as your raise your child? Here's a great start!
Print Resources for Adults:
- The Tech-Wise Family, Andy Crouch
- Resilient Kids, Dr. Kathy Koch
- The Wisdom Pyramid, Brett McCracken
- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles, Paul David Tripp
Print Resources for Young People:
- The Big Picture Story Bible
- Jesus Storybook Bible
- The Ology, Marty Machowski (an introduction to key Gospel themes)
- Good Pictures Bad Pictures, Kristen Jenson (helping children respond properly to inappropriate digital content)
- You Were Made to Make a Difference, Max and Jenna Lucado (Father and daughter pair up to inspire middle school hearts toward eternal living.)
- “Clubhouse” Magazines, $14.99 discount annual price
Digital Resources for Raising Children:
- DeepRoots Bible curriculum
- Axis.org; use code FCSNYC30 for a 30% organizational discount.
- Answers in Genesis
- RightNow Media
- Basecamp (video series about understanding Generation Z)
- Center for Biblical Unity (addressing racism and CRT)
- Canopy app – image filtering software
- “Celebrate Kids” (Dr. Kathy Koch, podcast)
- “Risen Motherhood” (Emily and Laura, podcast)
- “The Bible Project” (YouTube channel)
- “The Bible Thinker” (YouTube channel)