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Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Children, like sponges, soak up everything in their path. Infants begin by copying daddy’s words and mimicking mommy’s laugh. Have you ever noticed how incredibly responsive a toddler can be? Clap your hands and they clap, ask them to sit, and down they’ll go. Cute as it is, it’s only the beginning.

When God’s truth is built into daily life it gradually molds a child’s heart, and that’s a good thing. But innocence eventually gives way to self-assured independence and, on its heels, rebellion takes every opportunity to stick its foot in the door. The rebellious youth often concludes that mom and dad have no right to tell them what to do, who to hang out with or even when to come home. Unfortunately, questioning authority isn’t limited to their parents – sometimes children begin to question God. Heart-breaking and confusing as it is, all is not lost – we have the sympathetic ear of our Heavenly Father, who hears our pleas for help.

When parents pray, things happen. It amazes me how often those earnest intercessions are answered by the son or daughter being rejected and refused by the worldly things that drew them away in the first place. God intentionally initiates those separations to woo back the wayward one. Parents take heart! Our great God is always at work to bring His children to truth. Our job is to train up, and in the process, pray up.

– Pastor Jack

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