There are few things more exciting and fulfilling than preaching the Word of God to people that love the Lord and have a hunger to learn the transforming truths in the Bible. I am blessed to pastor such a people and even when I preach beyond "standard baptist time" they remind me they come to get a word from the Word, not punch the religious time clock.
This past Sunday I shared a few practical principles from the life of King David and his role as a father to his son Solomon who would soon succeed Israel's most iconic and endeared King. While expositing the text in First Chronicles 28, I also shared as a father that one of the many things I would have done differently early in our children's lives is to practice the Old and New Testament doctrine of "laying on of hands" in prayer and speaking blessings over our daughter and son.
The Word of God is replete with examples of this and a host of theologians consider the laying on of hands among the essential Christian doctrines and fundamental practices. My motivation is not to present a systematic theological treatise concerning that doctrine but instead, focus on the power of this biblical practice and praying the promises of God's Holy Word over our children. This is modeled for us in Genesis 48:14 when Joseph brought his two sons (Ephraim and Manasseh) to the bedside of his dying father Jacob to receive a blessing. Again we see the transferring of authority from Moses to Joshua publicly bestowing God's approval and authority on Israel's new leader (Numbers 27:18-20; Deuteronomy 34:9). The New Testament has multiple examples that begin with our Lord Jesus Christ and according to Him one of the characteristics of His followers would be that they will "lay hands on the sick" (Mark 16:17-18).
I want to leave you with a practical application that the Holy Spirit allowed me to share with the saints I shepherd and specifically the spiritual fathers within the family of faith. Our children are assaulted daily with the cultural rot of the demonic, pornographic and humanistic propaganda that says they are pointless products of an evolutionary process. Can you imagine for a moment the difference it would make if parents took the time to lay loving hands on their child and speak the Words of life over them to remind them that they are not victims but they are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus?
Here are just a few examples from the infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of God (Hebrews 4:12).
Call your child's name out to the Father and as you pray over them remind them that according to God's Word, His Holy Decrees cannot return void (Isaiah 55:11).
MY CHILD YOU ARE . . .
- God's possession according to 1 Corinthians 6:20
- God's Child according to John 1:12
- God workmanship - His poem and sonnet of salvation according to Ephesians 2:10
- God's friend according to James 2:23
- God's Holy Temple according to 1 Corinthians 3:16
- God's ambassador according to 2 Corinthians 5:20
- God's Beloved according to Romans 1:7 and 2 Thessalonians 2:13
MY CHILD YOU HAVE . . .
- Been washed by the blood of the Lamb according to Revelation 5:9
- Been set free from Satan's control according to Colossians 1:13
- Been set free from sin and all condemnation according to Romans 8:1-2
- Been justified freely by God's amazing Grace according to Romans 3:24
- Been given authority over the enemy according to Luke 10:19
- Been given wisdom for this day in all things according to Ephesians 1:8
MY CHILD TODAY YOU CAN . . .
- Do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens you according to Philippians 4:13
- Find mercy and grace in your time of need according Hebrews 4:16
- Extinguish - Put out every fiery dart of the enemy according to Ephesians 6:16
- Pray anything and in any place according to Luke 21:36
This is by no means an exhaustive list but it is part of a list that I use and add to regularly in my own private praise and prayer time for our children. I encourage you to create your own promises from God's Word to pray over your children and remind them daily they are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Because HE Lives,