“The Most Magical Place on Earth.” My entire extended family visited Disney World recently. Since my boys are teenagers, it was fun to experience the Magic Kingdom with my five and six-year old nieces, little girls who delight in Tinkerbell, princesses, and pixie dust.
At dinner one evening, the girls determined the aunties needed a sprinkle of pixie dust. Later, as a Disney cast member waved her pixie dust wand over our heads, she quoted J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” My sister and I were now sparkly and ready to fly. Pixie dust, a magical way to make dreams come true.
We, as Christian parents, have a much more powerful tool for our children, prayer, one-on-one conversation with the Creator of the universe. He loves our children even more than we do! The dreams we have for our lives and the lives of our children cannot compare to the plans the Lord has for each of us. As Paul told the Ephesians, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
We have the Word of God to use to pray for our children. Begin 2014 using the Bible to blanket your children in prayer. It’s been said it takes thirty days to establish a habit. Use the Book of Proverbs, all 31 of them, to pray for your kids.
Here’s how to get started using the first six verses of Proverbs 1. Fill in the blank with your child’s name.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;
Lord, may ________ be receptive to Your wisdom and understand Your Word.
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;
Help _______ listen and respond to instruction and do what is right and fair.
for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, caution _______ when necessary and give him/her knowledge and discretion throughout the day.
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Let __________ listen to Your voice and understand Your Word. Give __________ a discerning heart and desire to seek guidance from You and those who love You.
As you work your way through each wise saying in the Book of Proverbs, keep a journal of how you see your children being guided by the Lord.
We don’t need to rely on pixie dust. With prayer, all of our needs are covered. Faith, hope, and love… these are the things of God. (1 Corinthians 13). Maybe J.M. Barrie understood this…“If you have it [love], you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.”
May your home be filled with faith, hope, and love in 2014!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
By Becky Danielson
Wife to Scott
Mom of two
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting