INTERCEDE FOR YOUR CHILDREN

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JUNE 17, 2024

TOPIC: INTERCEDE FOR YOUR CHILDREN

BY T. O. BANSO 

“Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street” (Lamentation 2:19 New King James Version).

Parents must know that the greater the destiny of their children, the greater the attack of the devil against their lives. And the more the devil’s attack, the more intense the intercession of parents for their children should be. Intercession is praying to God on behalf of another or others.

Parenting is more than buying things for your children! In addition to loving, providing, nurturing, teaching, motivating, correcting, disciplining, and being a good example to them, parents must intercede for their children. Intercession for your children is the most powerful thing you can do for them. Intercession for your children must start from when they are in the womb.

Parents must not watch and allow Satan to corrupt and destroy their children as he did with the lives of some people in the Bible. Both obedient children and disobedient children need intercession. The difference is only in the prayer points, and the focus of intercessions will vary from one child to the other. Intercession could be on salvation, repentance, obedience, spiritual growth, God’s will, protection, deliverance, healing and health, success, etc.

Parents’ intercession will provoke heaven’s intervention. Parents must arise as Nehemiah arose when he saw the situation confronting the people of Judah and urged the people not to give up. “And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, ‘Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses’” (Nehemiah 4:14 New King James Version).

Parents must not give God peace until His counsel is established in their children’s lives. They must cry to God in the day and night. They must not allow God to rest until they see the change they want to see in their children’s lives. “I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7 New International Version).

Regarding his spiritual children, the Christians in Galatia, Paul said, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19 New International Version). The New King James Version says, “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.” Parents must engage in the labour of prayer to ensure God’s will, not Satan’s, is done in their children’s lives. They must labour in prayer as Epaphras did for the Colossian church. Paul said of Epaphras, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” (Colossians 4:12 New King James Version). Labour fervently in prayer for your children; enforce the counsel of God for them and nullify that of Satan.

Intercede for your children. Lamentation 2:19 says, “Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street” (New King James Version).

Job interceded for his children regularly. Job 1:4-5 says, “His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular custom” (New International Version).

Whatever the spiritual condition of your children, their behaviour, or their relationship with you and other family members at the moment, keep interceding for them. Put the promises of God in your mouth and pray them into their lives even if their lives are contrary to these promises or do not change immediately. Pray the Word of God into their lives. Intercede that Christ shall be formed in your children (Galatians 4:19). Also, intercede that the Lord will teach your children and they will have unlimited or great peace (Isaiah 54:13). Pray fervently that they will not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2a). If you don’t know what you should intercede for, ask for the help of the Holy Spirit. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26 New King James Version).

Prayer changes people and situations. However, the answers to your intercession may not come immediately and easily. The battle may be long, but, with faith and patience, pursue the fulfilment of the promises of God over your children. The writer of Hebrews 6:12 says, “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (New International Version). Maybe you have a prodigal son or daughter you have been interceding for, please don’t give up. No doubt, it could be frustrating. But never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Don’t lose hope. Keep the intercession going.

Don’t be so provoked by the wrong actions of the children you are interceding for that you cancel your faith with negative words. Don’t stop interceding for them. Don’t curse them; bless them intentionally. Remember, you shall have whatsoever you say (Mark 11:23). Ask God for the grace to persevere in intercession for them. Be persistent. Persevere. God will change them as you continue to pray for them.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, I receive the grace to be faithful in interceding for my children. Satan will not destroy the destinies of my children in Jesus’ name. God will teach my children and they will have unlimited peace. My children will prosper. All wayward or prodigal children shall repent today, give their lives to Jesus, and return home in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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