Deuteronomy 4:40 reads, “You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
Like many of promises in the Bible, God attaches a condition. Deuteronomy 4 describes how to makes things go well for us and our children. On one side of the coin, it can seem like an onerous condition to have to keep God’s statutes and God’s commandments. On the other side of the coin, if you are keeping God’s statues and God’s commandments, then the authority in your prayer request begins to carry confidence that this promise will come about. Our prayers are said with confident expectation based in scripture.
If you want a example prayer, T.D. Jakes, in his book He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle, suggests the following prayer: “Father, I’m concerned about the direction of my children are taking. Right now they seem beyond the reach of my voice and influence. But You can reach them. You can remind them of what they’ve been taught—and initiate the circumstances that will bring them back to You. Your Word says if I obey You, things will go well for me and my children. So I stand on Your promise, believing they’ll choose to serve You and walk in Your blessings for the rest of their lives. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.”
Start today. Make the time to pray for God’s blessing on your children. No matter how far they may seem from God’s plan, nothing is impossible for God. Refuse to give up and believe that God is partnering with you to answer your prayers. If it’s taking a long time to see the answer, choose to believe that He’s answering the devoted prayers of many other parents in bringing about change to many people’s lives. The longer it takes, the more layers God’s answers extend.