Hey, dad. Have you worn out any carpet recently?
We know prayers for our children make a difference. God hears, and He answers.
As fathers, we’re also powerful models. We’re constantly being watched and heard by those little one we love so much, and that certainly includes our prayer life. God can use our prayers to comfort and encourage our children, and I want to share two powerful examples of that.
The first example is in this video – which you can watch on Vimeo.
The second example was a conversation between a college-age girl who was home one weekend and her mother. “Mom,” she said, “I really draw great comfort from knowing that you and Dad still pray for me all the time.”
The mother acknowledged, “Yeah, we sure do, honey. We still pray for you every day.”
But to the daughter, this was more than just a passing comment. She said, “No, you still pray just like when I was home—at least I know Daddy does.”
Now she really had her mother’s curiosity going. “What do you mean?”
The daughter said, “In my bedroom … I can see the knee marks on the carpet where Daddy kneels next to my bed—exactly how he used to pray for me at bedtime.”
And the mother acknowledged that he does still do that, and the daughter said, “You know, when I’m away at school, I can picture him kneeling down in my room, that gives me tremendous comfort.”
I hope you’re like me, and this is a big motivator to be more disciplined about praying daily for each of my children. Maybe it’s time we got off our rear ends more, and got down on our knees.
When we pray, invisible forces surround our family and each of our children. It’s believing that what is unseen can actually become a reality, because we have a Father who is unseen and who hears the cries of our hearts.
Whether or not we see them every day, and whether or not we can kneel beside their beds, we all need to pray faithfully, specifically, intensely, and daily for our children.
If we really want to make a difference for our families, the best place to start and end our days is on our knees.