June 11 – A Fathers Prayer
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 16:15-18:18 / Acts 7:20-43 / Psalm 72
We are told that our children’s future will not be as promising as ours has been. They will face financial, social and moral challenges. The future generation may enjoy the advancement of technology but will pay a greater price with the decrease of jobs and wages. The family structure, education and medical care are rapidly changing. Morality standards are being altered as humanism and godlessness take a foothold in our culture.
Parents are concerned and desire their children to prosper and succeed during difficult days. But the counsel, advice and example the younger generation receives are not always productive or accurate. It doesn’t lay a solid foundation for the next generation but becomes a destructive hindrance and detriment.
Psalm 72 is David’s prayer for his son, Solomon. It reflects David’s heart and relationship with God. He prays that his son would be endowed with the justice and righteousness of God. (v.1) David desires Solomon to have a heart of compassion and mercy…defending the weak and afflicted. He wants his son to be governed by God’s truth and walk in holy righteousness. David naturally asks for Solomon to become a strong, prosperous, beloved and exalted king.
What desire do we have for the next generation? Like David, it must set a priority on the truth and righteousness of God. When they commit their lives to the Lordship of Christ, God takes care of their financial, physical, emotional and relational needs. As David declares, “All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.” (v.17)
We pray God will raise up young men and women of faith who will be directed by the truth of His Word. A generation that will not bow down to the gods of this world but faithfully follow His ways. May God find a resting place in the hearts and desires of the next generation…what is your prayer?
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!