Should I Pray to Be a Good Parent?

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First, I prayed to be a good parent.

Then chaos erupted.

The enemy attacked me and challenged me to be a good parent in the midst of upheaval. Of course, I failed.

But had I called on the Lord’s strength instead of my own, I could have better handled those two weeks. The battle is not only between my children and me. It’s a spiritual battle over us between good in us and evil.

I am no good in a spiritual battle without God.

I felt beaten, drained and grumpy. I was in my own strength, so instead of praying to be a good parent, I needed to pray to be a praying parent. I needed to realize that each day belongs to the Lord and each battle is His.

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).



I need to pray to be a praying parent. (tweet this)

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3 thoughts on “Should I Pray to Be a Good Parent?

  1. This is such a good reminder, Kimberley … and timely, too. As a grandmother with lived-in grandchildren it applies to us, too. Thank you for reminding me to be a praying grandmother, not just a grandmother.

  2. Pingback: God Knows My Pain as a Parent - Kimberley J. PayneKimberley J. Payne

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