I used to pray my kids would grow up to do great things for God. I grew up and didn’t do anything great for God, but maybe my role was to be the MOTHER of people who did great things for God. So I prayed for that.
What my kids do for God isn’t what burns in my belly anymore. What occupies my thoughts and populates my most fervent prayers is that my children would know, really know, how much they are loved and known by that God Who created them.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
I pray they would find their significance in Him. Not in themselves and what they do for Him.
Our family is your average, broken, fallen, sinful, scary, chaotic mess. We are not the smiling, stand-in-a-row-and-look-perfect bunch of people. And I used to think that was the pathway to love and significance.
But now I know that path looks more like this picture. A baby being loved by her father just because she belongs to him. She bawls, poops, is inconvenient, costs money and time, and she is precious and priceless to that father not having done one stinking thing for him.
So that’s what I pray now for my kids in the early morning hours while they sleep. I ask God to be their Shepherd. I ask that they would rest in being His lambs. For all the days of their lives on earth, and for all eternity. Because that is really what they were made for. That is their purpose, meaning, significance, and destiny.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.