Proverbs 2: Praying for our Sons {Day 12}

“So you will walk in the way of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will inhabit the land,
    and those with integrity will remain in it,
but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.”

{Proverbs 2:20-22}

Our prayers through Proverbs 2 conclude today with the last stanza providing a summery of our prayers. Verse 20 paints a picture of the road we want our kids to journey on. A path where a good God has gone before them, walks with them and gently holds them from behind.  A path that will lead them to righteousness found only in a life with Christ and leads not to a road’s end but to the eternal.

This path not only looks to the possibility of a long and prosperous life on earth but to an inheritance.

Our young men are the beloved of the Most High and He has set a whole entire life before them in which His goal is to always lead them to Himself.

Where I often get stuck is that it is indeed a path and as my son reminded me recently on a hike, there will always be forks in the road. There are temptations all along the way to take a different route that may seem good initially, but in the end it leads to destruction {Proverbs 16:25}. Our sons are humans like us, and as such there will always be the tendency to follow their own immediate understanding {Proverbs 3:5} and to trust the wisdom of their own eyes and not the wisdom of the Lord {Proverbs 3:7}.

Our responsibility as parents is to remain steadfast and trust the God who has authored their journey. The One who holds it in His sovereign and loving hands, and is able to lead them with His promise of working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose {Romans 8:28}. Today let’s pray:

  • For the Author Himself and the path to be clearer and clearer each day to our young men.
  • That God would make this road to righteousness more beautiful and alluring than any other.

“You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
 {Proverbs 16:11, NASB}

  • That they would be drawn to the mystery and adventure of trusting God with their lives.
  • For a Holy fear of the Lord to be the beginning of every step of their lives, desiring to love and please God.
  • For us to remain steadfast, hopeful and prayerful in trusting God so we can relinquish control of that which has always belonged to Him.

Because of Jesus, Amen.

2 thoughts on “Proverbs 2: Praying for our Sons {Day 12}

  1. jillbirkmannphotography says:

    I love how you say a path to, and walk with God can be beautiful, alluring, mysterious and adventurous! All things boys love and are drawn to but are usually describing things of the world. What a great way to think about God, and a great help in describing God to the boys! I know mine like all four of those things!!

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