Ref: Job 1:1-5; 2 Timothy 1:5
Job 1:1 describes Job in a manner suggesting that we should pay attention his rare parenting skills. It says that Job was “a man of complete integrity, who feared God and turned away from evil.” On two other occasions, God uses the same language to describes Job. In Chapter 1:8 “Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
Surprisingly the same has been repeated in almost the same exact words in chapter 2:3. It is an admirable thing for the Lord to describe us like that isn’t it? how I long to be a man of complete integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil! I long for the Lord to describe me in this way! How busy are you?
I then read Job 1:5, which caused me to long to be the kind of father who prays for his children: “Whenever a round of banqueting was over, Job would send for his children and purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for all of them.” Why do you think Job did this? Because, he thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned, having cursed God in their hearts.” We’re told this was Job’s regular practice.
The Holy Spirit convicted me as I read these verses. I do pray for my children, but do I really plead with God for them? Do I truly intercede for them regularly?
Now let’s draw some lessons from Job
1. Pray for your children.
Job consecrated his children. The word consecrate means “to set apart to something.” In our case, as in Job’s, it means set apart to God. If your children are unbelieving, plead with God and intercede with Him for their salvation. You’re asking God to set them apart for Himself. Plead with God to remove their heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh that beats for Him.
2. Pray for each of your children.
Job interceded for each of his children because each child is unique.
Our children have different strengths and weaknesses, different struggles and temptations. So pray for each of them according to their own needs. There’s nothing wrong with praying general prayers for our children like for them to grow in Christlikeness. But, let’s be specific.
Make a prayer list where you note each child’s unique prayer needs. And, in the name of Christ, ask God for specific requests, grounding each one in specific promises from Scripture.