OBEDIENCE. Obedience is the one thing that we lack when it comes to the things of God. We forget how He never forgets us but we put Him to the back burner everyday. With obedience comes results. But have you noticed that your obedience to Him can be somewhat contentious? Your obedience to Him is yours alone, your petition is yours alone.
But…sometimes the ‘subject’ of our prayer, our children, really doesn’t want or care about our obedience to God:
v38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’
v39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” [Matthew 5:38-39]
Isn’t it AMAZING how wrong parents are all the time? I don’t know a time in history that we’ve seen such DISobedience and disrespect of everyone and everything. Parents want their children to have love and respect, not disdain and irreverence.
Letting our kids determine our walk with the Lord or how we pray for them is like letting the tail wag the dog. My obedience to God is NONNEGOTIABLE.
My children aren’t my enemies, it just seems like it at times. My job as a parent to adult kids is to be motivated by prayer and not by their actions. We cannot possibly affect the body of Christ and take care of our own salvation if we allow our backslidden and unsaved adult kids to rule our spiritual lives.
Then, how many times am I going to turn the other cheek? As many as it takes.