“Wisdom has built her house; She has carved its seven pillars”
Proverbs 9:1 (NLT)
I think as parents we are constantly asking ourselves how we can be better parents and what is the correct way to form our children. Many times what worked with one child, doesn’t work the same way with their brother or sister. I think God doesn’t just give us kids for us to form them, but also to form us. Our children teach us to depend on God, to constantly seek Him and to be better people because we know that we have very attentive little eyes watching everything we do.
In this passage, the author of Proverbs teaches us that wisdom takes us to carve (work) seven columns. I think that to form generations for God, carving is necessary: effort, work, determination, and specific goals. But above all, we need to be intentional every day to be able to establish the solid foundation that will allow us to raise our children in the fear of the Lord.
Today I want to share with you seven principles that will help you build a solid home.
I heard a testimony of a man, who just like Abraham, desired to raise his generations for God. George McCluskey was a man of prayer and faith. In the last decades of his life, this patriarch of his family prayed specifically for the spiritual wellness of his children, and those who were to come after them. He dedicated an hour every day to this mission, from 11 am to 12 noon he would pray only with this purpose in mind. At the end of his life, he said the Lord had made a very unusual promise to him. The Lord had assured him that every member of his four generations would be Christians.
Today, 80 years later, that promise has been fulfilled. His great grandson, James Dobson, shares in his book Your Legacy how four generations of ministers have been raised up as a result of this man of faith.
We can say that prayer does work!!
I think that being parents is a process where we never stop learning. We will always be dealing with those God entrusted to us in the different stages of their lives. The challenges we conquer with them in their childhood are very different than those we will conquer in their teenage years. We will always be learning.
I think that our genuine love for God and our kids should be reflected in the prayers we make to God for them. It is actually the best seed we can sow in our future generations. I agree with what William Law said, “There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him”.
History has shown us that behind every great man of God, there was an interceding mother or an interceding wife who lifted up that person with her prayers.
So, if you’re a mom and find yourself facing great challenges, I encourage you to do the following:
- Pray based on a specific promise God gave you for your family or individually for your child.
- Pray with faith, believing you will receive the reward for the work you do in secret (see Matthew 6:6).
- Persevere in prayer! It is so impacting that this man determined to pray one hour a day every day for his children, grandkids, great grandkids and great great grandkids without even meeting all of them. What great power arose from his prayers! Today, his family continues to reap the fruit of those prayers that man of faith sowed so many years ago.
A few weeks ago, the Lord gave me a promise. I want to share it with you so that you can make it your own, claim it for yourself and determine to rise up in prayer and decree that all of your generations will serve the Lord!
“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”