For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him (Genesis 18:19).
In one of my videos, I spoke about the place of the man when it comes to taking spiritual responsibility for the home. It is generally believed and accepted that when it comes to raising children and catering to their welfare, it is the woman who bears the responsibility, and this is not only limited to their physical well-being, it goes all the way to their spiritual well-being. That’s why you hear things like a mother’s prayer, and the power of a praying mother, but you rarely hear of the power of a praying father. Shouldn’t there be praying fathers, or better still, praying parents?
As the priest and prophet of your home, you’re saddled with the responsibility of seeing to the spiritual welfare of your home, and to be more specific, of that child the Lord has entrusted in your care. You shouldn’t leave the responsibility to your wife to bear alone, and expect her prayers alone to carry the home. It requires the effort of both of you.You do not want to raise your child to form the impression that prayer and studying of the Bible is what mummy does and daddy joins when he feels like. Click To Tweet
You do not want to raise your child to form the impression that prayer and studying of the Bible is what mummy does and daddy joins when he feels like. Let your children see you taking the lead when it comes to the things of the kingdom and their spiritual growth.
God could boast of Abraham. He said He knew Abraham, and He was very certain that Abraham was going to raise up generals for the Kingdom and Abraham did not disappoint. What is God going to say about you? Can He boast of you like He did of Abraham? Would you live up to God’s expectations of you even when society believes otherwise?
How can you raise up generals for the kingdom of God? What steps can you take?
- Have a personal relationship with God. It’s not possible for you to raise kingdom generals when you yourself are not a general in the army of God. Abraham had a personal relationship with God, and that’s why God was certain that He was going to command his children to keep the way of the Lord.
- Lead by example. A leader is always in front, and he doesn’t live by the principle of do as I say but not as I do. Rather, his life is an open book and he commands the people to do as he does. Remember when Paul told his children in the Lord that they should follow him as he follows Christ. You’ll only have the boldness to make this kind of statement to your children if you indeed follow Christ and lead by example.
- Teach them the word and lead them to Christ. This is your greatest assignment as a Father. Every other thing is secondary. Sunday school is beautiful. Children church and youth groups are splendid, but you showing your child the way of the cross is eternal, and it has great rewards. It might not be your teaching that would bring about their salvation because they may want to try something different from what daddy is saying, but the seed you would have sown is what will germinate when someone (the person who led them) waters it. You must have planted something before someone can water, and God will give the increase.
- Encourage them to continue in the faith. The challenges of life will come that might question their faith, but as their father, it is your responsibility to encourage them that though God has not promised them ease and a bed of roses on their faith journey, He has promised that He will never leave them nor forsake them.