Parenting by Design
James 4:2: "... you do not have because you do not ask" (NKJV).
The number one tool in parenting is prayer. It should be your go-to response whenever you feel angry, frustrated, tense, confused, or you aren't quite sure what to do. But, have you ever wondered why? If God already knows what we need, why doesn't He just provide it and let us move on with our day?
Obviously, one reason for prayer is because God has commanded it; "you do not have because you do not ask". In addition, it is a unique opportunity to sort through life's issues with the Author of life. Prayer reminds us that God is in control and helps put our parental role in the proper perspective. When we pray that our will be aligned with His, He can work in our hearts to give us a clearer understanding of what His will is. Prayer is not just a theological exercise; it is an opportunity to talk directly to our Heavenly Father. What a privilege and blessing!
Take advantage of your opportunity to talk to your Father in prayer.
Parenting by Design (www.parentingbydesign.com) was created by Chris & Michelle Groff with Lee Long, MA, LPC to help parents understand the Biblical model for parenting their children. It is a faith-based parenting series that compares current parenting paradigms to the ageless parenting principles in the Bible.
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