Tuesday, April 5, 2016

"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Pray For Your Children

"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Introduction
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - To Master Peter
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - The Lord's Prayer
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Pray Like a Barber
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - The Ten Commandments
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Sabbath Day
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Why the Family Matters to the State
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Pray For Your Children


In one of the more practical Ten Commandments section, Martin Luther offers the following advice under the fourth commandment ("honor your parents"):
Here we should also add a prayer for parents and rulers, that God would give them understanding and wisdom so that they may lead and govern us in peace and blessedness. May he protect them from tyranny, madness, an fury, and turn them from such things so that they honor God's Word and not persecute it or do anything unjust. For such high gifts one must obtain with prayer, as St. Paul teaches, otherwise the devil will rule the palace and everything will go badly and be laid waste.

If you are also a father or mother, here is the time that you not forget yourself or your children and workers, but pray earnestly that the dear Father, who placed you in the honor of His office and in His name, and has willed that you be called father and be honored, grant you grace and blessing to govern and support your wife, child, and workers in a godly and Christian fashion, give you wisdom and strength to train them well and give them a good heart and will to follow your teaching and to be obedient. For both are God's gifts - children and their prosperity both, that they succeed and remain upstanding. Otherwise a house would be nothing but a pigsty, a school for knaves; as one sees among the godless rabble. (21-22)
Scripture is clear we should pray for state officials. Both the Old and the New Testament models that. We should also, as Luther makes clear here, pray for our children as parents. Consider praying specifically for the following:
  • Your children's salvation.
  • Their future spouse.
  • Their future spouse's salvation.
  • Their honesty and integrity
  • Their love for Scripture 
  • Their purity
The best parents are praying parents. This is a key insight we gain from praying the Ten Commandments, especially the fourth commandment.


For more:
How to Pray in a World of Terrorism
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