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Kids and Temptation
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It’s no secret that parenting includes a whole host of responsibilities. From feeding, clothing, and educating, to spiritual training and character building, parents have their hands full when it comes to raising children in this sin-scarred world. Certainly, no Christian parent would think to undertake child-rearing without considerable prayer. While I often pray for my children, I recently recognized a very specific prayer request that had not previously occurred to me.

Honestly, I don’t know why I never thought of it. After all, it’s a request that Jesus included in His model prayer, words I’ve known by memory since my own childhood days.

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).

Holy Angels

If Jesus’ words and example in prayer aren’t enough, Christian author Ellen White further elaborates on the subject. She reiterates the importance of daily praying against the temptations that assail our children, telling parents to “come in humility, with a heart full of tenderness, and with a sense of the temptations and dangers before yourselves and your children; by faith bind them upon the altar, entreating for them the care of the Lord. Ministering angels will guard children who are thus dedicated to God.” It is the parents’ duty, “by earnest prayer and persevering faith, to make a hedge about their children.” No matter how busy life may be (and it is busy), parents must take the time “to gather your family around God’s altar. Ask for the guardianship of holy angels in your home. Remember that your dear ones are exposed to temptations.”1

Try as we might, we parents simply cannot completely shelter our children from all outside influences and temptations—particularly as they grow up. We cannot possibly monitor every social encounter, television exposure, or Google search. But, after we have “trained them up in the way that they should go” (Proverbs 22:6) and prayed for their deliverance, we can rest in the assurance of heavenly angels surrounding our children with protection and strength to withstand the temptations that come their way.

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By Hannah Henry. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelinesScripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

1Child Guidance, Ellen White pp. 519-520.

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