Our MOCA gathering began by reading part of a devotional magazine article from the July 2014 edition of Tabletalk. Dr. Joel R. Beeke was quoted as he reminded us of the power and importance of praying for our children.

“My mother died recently. She had little to pass on to her children financially, but we do treasure the years of prayers that she and my father stored up for us. When my parents commemorated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, all five of us children decided to thank my parents for one thing they had done for us. Without prior consultation, each of us chose to thank my mother for her prayers. We all knew that over many years, she had prayed earnestly, fervently, and perseveringly for each one of us.

We are by no means alone. At a ministers’ conference in Italy, I asked the attendees how many of them were influenced by the prayers of their mother. It seemed to me from the podium that almost everyone put up a hand. God blesses the heartfelt prayers of parents to the spiritual and eternal well-being of their children.”

We agreed that praying for our children – including our “children” from ages 18-25 (and younger…and older…) – is a high priority for all mothers. We also realize that not all older children have committed their lives to the Lord or are walking with Him. We constantly pray for the Lord to call each of them to Him, that they would choose to follow Jesus and live according to His ways.

So we still pray for our children. Even those who are taller than us. Even those who are close to being independent of us. Even those who live on the other side of the world.

Continue to lift up your children of all ages in prayer.
And remember these words of wisdom and promise…

Train up a child in the way he should go;
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
(Proverbs 22:6 NASB)

You are not alone in this season of parenting.

Melinda Hemphill
Wiesbaden, Germany

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