for Your Children
1. That they will come to a saving knowledge of Christ
early in life.
12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the
evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have
no pleasure in them;
- Mark 10:15
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
2. That they will hate sin.
97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his
saints; he delivereth them out of the
of the wicked.
- Romans 7:14
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but
what I hate, that do I.
3. That they will be caught and genuinely repentant
when they are guilty.
- Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that
I might learn thy statutes.
- Psalm 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities
before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented
of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
4. That they will be protected in each area of their lives - spiritual, emotional,
1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind.
- John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take
them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
- Psalm 4:8 ...for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
5. That they will have a responsible attitude in all
their duties and dealings with people.
6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because
an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the
- 1Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that
a man be found faithful.
6. That they will respect those in authority over
13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
- Hebrews 13:17 Obey them
that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for
your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy,
and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
7. That they will desire the right kind of friends.
- Proverbs 22:24
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
- James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know
ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
8. That they, as well as the ones they marry, will
be kept pure until marriage.
6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What?
know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is
in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought
with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God's.
7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is
good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication,
let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
9. That they will marry spouses with whom
they have an equal yoke.
6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship
hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light
with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part
hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the
temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as
God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will
be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you,
10. That they and their future mates will learn to walk with
God, and that they will be prepared for the work God has for
- Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said,
It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an
help meet for him.
- 1 Thessalonians
4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you
by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to
walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
11. That they will learn to submit to God
and resist the devil.
4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you...
5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist
stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished
in your brethren that are in the world.
12. That they will be singlehearted, willingly
serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to
this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
- Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will,
O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
13. That they will grow in the Lord all their lives
and will make separation a way of life.
1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do
not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with
the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful
in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened
with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and
longsuffering with joyfulness;
14. That they will mightily love God and His word
6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy might.
23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have
esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
15. That they will honor their father
6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with
promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on