Congratulations! We’ve made it through the first whole day of our challenge! While that may not seem like a huge accomplishment, I’ve learned (through 3 seasons of this prayer challenge) to celebrate the small victories! From reading your comments and taking from what I’m experiencing in my own life right now, it seems that the Enemy is already working overtime to discourage our hearts and destroy the work we’re praying will occur in the hearts of our “warriors.” We really shouldn’t be surprised though – we’ve linked arms to intercede on behalf of the next generation of men – the prayers we pray during the duration of this challenge have the potential to bring about earth-shaking, kingdom-impacting change in our world. Don’t give up! Make sure to draw on the community both here and within our FB groups to encourage each other, ask questions, and even pray together.
Let’s move into our topic for today – Obedience. Friends, I’ve been amazed at how early this issue comes up in the life of a “warrior.” My Auggie is barely over a year old and yet, I have already seen the seed of sin that is disobedience in his heart. I was shocked the first time I saw him consciously make the decision to disobey and was unsure of how to handle it. I was sitting right next to him, shook my head, and had told him in my “mama voice” not to touch a certain object. This wasn’t new information to him as we’d taken the time to train him that this was an “off-limits” kind of situation. Yet as I watched his face, I saw the wheels turning – he looked at me, took the last few steps toward the object, grabbed it, and grinned. Some might pass this off as “being ornery,” but what I saw in his decision-making broke my heart. I realized in that moment that my precious little guy isn’t perfect and is in as much need of a Savior as I am. Sisters, disobedience is a serious issue and as Brooke points out in the reading for today, we are responsible to train our sons to expect and respect authority in their life – with obedience. Here is some added insight from her:
“I don’t think there is another issue in my parenting that causes me as much stress as getting my children to obey me. I know it’s a vitally important concept to teach them. In fact, I’ve heard it said that if a man can’t submit to Jesus, he will never be able to lead a woman (Tommy Nelson, Love & Romance Conference). No pressure, right moms? Depending on what methods we use, we CAN make our sons obey. We can MAKE them obey us. But at the risk of sounding a little lazier than I really am as a parent, I would submit this: Obeying God is intimately linked to loving Him. If we focus too much on forcing our boys to change their outward behavior, and forget to hold out the great depth of love that sent a Savior to the cross, we’re running the risk of raising little Pharisees.”
I think the words found in John 14:21 sum up the issue quite succinctly – “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” I desperately want that kind of relationship between my son and his Heavenly Father. Remembering that it is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit in his heart and the decision of my son to enter that relationship, I can remain faithful to training him in obedience to authority and to God.
Day 2 | Action Steps
Read | The Importance of Obedience (pg. 13-14) in the eBook, “Warrior Prayers” and work through any (or all) of the Study Questions that enhance your time in this challenge.
Pray | Work through the 10 prayers on Obedience (pg. 15) using whatever method works best for you.
Comment | Let’s work through Study Question #2 together in the comment section to encourage and equip each other as parents. “Do you have a plan for teaching your son(s) obedience? Or are you more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of parent? Any tips or suggestions for others? Anyone have a question they’d like to throw out?
As always, feel free to email me your comments/questions/prayer requests to [email protected]