Household Prayer: Noble Cause of Raising Children

“After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters… And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:22, 24 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/gen.5.22-24.NKJV

“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/heb.11.5.NKJV

Brothers, this week I’m meditating on Enoch and Constitution signer Benjamin Rush. I’m praying for humility as we walk with God and raise our children in the paideia of God (Eph. 6:4), the all encompassing Christian worldview. 

“Founding Father Benjamin Rush found Enoch to be a compelling example for his own personal imitation. After signing the Declaration of Independence, Rush found himself the object of praise from many American patriots for his act of bold leadership, but such public acclaim was not important to him. He told his beloved wife, Julia: ‘I shall be better satisfied if the same can be said of me as was said of the prophet of old, ‘That I walked in the fear of the Lord, and begat sons and daughters’ [Gen 5:22], than if it were inscribed upon my tombstone that I governed the councils or commanded the arms of the whole continent of America.’ Dr. Rush and Julia eventually had thirteen children, of whom nine lived to adulthood… Three simple points from Enoch’s life had formed a model for his own and should still be the standard for us today: (1) Walk with God; (2) raise a godly family, and you, too, can know (3) you are pleasing God.” The Founders’ Bible, 2012, Shiloh Road Publishers

“‘In the ancient world, the paideia was all-encompassing and involved nothing less than the enculturation of the future citizens.’ The paideia extends well past the simple limits of an established curriculum; it describes an entire way of life. In short, the ancients understood that education was religious and that religious claims are total… we should note that the apostle Paul required the fathers of Ephesus to provide a peculiarly Christian paideia for their children (Eph. 6:4).” The case for classical Christian education https://canonpress.com/products/the-case-for-classical-christian-education/


THE GOOD NEWS

There is a God that created the heavens and the earth. We humans are created in His image.

We are sinners, we have rebelled against Him, our Creator. Our rebellion has brought “all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice… envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness” to the world. Romans 1:29-31 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/rom.1.29-31.ESV

Therefore we justly deserve our due punishment of death and damnation, “as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.’” Romans 3:10-12 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/rom.3.10-12.ESV

But good news! God is merciful and loving. Jesus is God the only begotten Son and He took our punishment upon Himself in our place. Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation. 

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/1co.15.3-8.ESV

We need only believe it, confess our sins, proclaim Jesus is lord and savior, and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after! “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”” Romans 10:9-11 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/rom.10.9-11.ESV

There is hope. Believe in Jesus! ““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/jhn.3.16.ESV 

It doesn’t matter who you’ve been or what you’ve done, God stands with arms wide open, ready to forgive you. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/1jn.1.9.ESV

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