Today we see King David pray a prayer for the people of Israel which is a prayer every parent should be praying for their children. I have discovered in my own parenting journey that this is what matters more than any other thing I should be concerned about…
16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.
They’re on a roll and David can see it. I’ve seen this movie. In my own church and family. David has identified that the people of God are in God’s will, going God’s way, giving to God’s purposes, and excited about God’s presence. They’re in the zone. Really and truly.
David’s heart is open before the Lord as he bares his intent and integrity before God. He knows that God sees and God tests us to measure the integrity of our hearts, and David is a straight arrow. His heart is following after God and he has inspired the people to join him.
And for me, that’s when this gets good. This is where it gets very, very practical. David can see, much like a pastor or a small group leader or even a mom and dad can see, the people are going God’s way…
One of the most important lessons I have learned in my entire life, and when it comes to parenting, it’s now my rudder, is that what matters most is that people follow Jesus closely in relationship with him. If you have concerns about the future of your children or their relationships or their careers or their decisions, go back every time to their relationship with God.
If our children are following Jesus closely, the other things in life will fall into place. They will be where God wants them to be because they are closely following God and the Holy Spirit will be speaking into their attentively listening lives…
Which brings me to David’s prayer in verse 18, which should be over our bathroom sinks and on the dashboards of our cars: Lord, keep these desires and thoughts in their hearts forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.
That’s what I pray for my three children. That’s what I should pray for myself. And for you. When people are on a roll with God, we want them to stay there. Keep going God’s way and not your own way.
The closer we get to God through Jesus Christ, the more we will reflect his plan for our lives.