One of the prayers I prayed for my kids when they were young sounded something like this: “Heavenly Father, please teach my children to fear You.”
Fearing God didn’t mean they’d be afraid of Him. It meant they’d develop deep reverence for Him. I figured that proper respect for Him as a holy, all-wise, all-powerful, and loving God would influence every thought, conversation, relationship, priority, and decision. It wouldn’t guarantee an easy life, but it would safeguard them against making regrettable choices, and it would lead to intimacy with the Lord. And isn’t intimacy with God more precious than any earthly treasure we could ever hope to possess?
My kids are now married. Most of my prayers for them have changed with their circumstances. One prayer, however, remains the same – that they’ll walk in the fear of the Lord. I remain convinced that this is foundational to fruitful godly living.
Psalm 25:12-14 says, “Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose. They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the Promised Land. Friendship with the LORD is reserved for those who fear him. With them he shares the secrets of his covenant.” (NLT)
Fearing the Lord is the sure way to experience His blessings—to see His guidance, to flourish in every area of life, and to see the next generation inherit the Promised Land. Friendship with the living God opens the door to His sharing His secrets with us. Can you imagine anything more precious and transformational?
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