(Today's Prayer Point is from my friend, Christina of To Show Them Jesus. She points us to the gospel when our kids - or their Mama- are gripped with fear and worry. -Desiré)
Oh Father,"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
I come before you with a heart full of concern for my son. His little heart is so very heavy. Yet even as I pray this, I have to admit that I never cease to be amazed at the ways in which You reveal the sin in my heart through the behavior of my own children.
In recent weeks, my littlest has been so worried. Who knew a four-year-old could carry the weight of an adult on his shoulders? As I overheard him praying to You the other night, asking You to protect us from bad things happening, particularly bad storms, my own heart was pierced with conviction.
Isn't my own heart often held hostage by worry? Doesn't my mind get focused on all the 'what if's' of life?
And doesn't it all reveal a lack of trust in You?
As I held my little guy the other night, while he wept with fear over the 'what if's' in his own mind, I remembered what You said in Philippians about worry. You tell us to not be anxious about anything. Because Your very own Son has taken away the very worst thing in the world from me--eternal death, there is nothing left to fear. Please help me to hand all my own worries to you so that I can help my son learn to do the same. Teach me to trust You, Lord, so that these weeds of worry that entangle my heart will wither and die.
Father, as I point my son to You and Your sovereign love and care for us, help me to live a life of deeper trust. I thank you for Jesus whose death allowed me open access to sit in your lap as your child. Help my son to learn to trust You as his Father, who loves and accepts him because of Jesus. And may You help us as a family to trust You as our Father to meet our every need, to allow all things to happen for our good, and to never leave us or forsake us.
It's only because of Jesus that I pray these things, Amen.
Christina Fox is a homeschooling mom to two young boys, 7 and 4 years. She is also a licensed mental health counselor. Prior to having children, she worked as a child psychotherapist. She blogs transparently about her struggles with depression, her growth in faith, challenges in parenting, and her homeschooling journey at www.toshowthemjesus.com. When not homeschooling or writing, she can be found reading a good book with a mug of black coffee at her side. You can find her on facebook as well.