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By starting with the foundations of truth, children then interpret their experience in light of these truths. What I have seen as a result is a stronger trust in God’s providential works, a greater acceptance of life’s disappointments as being a good part of God’s overall plan for them, and a confidence in Romans 8:28. They react in more mature ways than expected as their theology informs their emotions rather than the other way around.

quickly acknowledge that though our efforts are important, they will prove fruitless unless God is at work in the child’s heart. We would heartily agree with Oswald Chambers’ statement that “Prayer does not equip us for greater works—prayer is the greater work.” However, the real question we have to ask is, “Do we live in accordance with our beliefs?” In other words, we may confess that spiritual fruit is the result of God’s work in our child, but in reality, we may spend little time and effort in prayer for our children. What we really need to do is align our practice with our theology.

8. Families are often occupied with countless events and activities: Vacation Bible School, AWANA, Bible Camp, and the list goes on. In the midst of so much “doing” parents can forget to pray for their children, or they misjudge the significance of prayer in the Christian home. How important is prayer and does it really make a difference? This is an easy question to answer and every one of your readers will probably answer it the same way: prayer is of the utmost importance. Every parent quickly understands that his or her child has a sin nature and that he or she is incapable of changing the child’s heart. If we ask ourselves questions like, “Does my child’s heart for God depend on God’s efforts or mine? Is the work of creating spiritual hunger in my child dependent on my work or is it a result of God’s work?” we will | 21

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