From the Word: Therefore, do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8)
From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Table of Duties
Certain passages of Scripture for various holy orders and positions, warning them about their duties and responsibilities:
Fathers, do not anger your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4).
Pulling It Together: Our heavenly Father knows of everything we need, but do earthly parents understand everything that their children need? We know the basics, yet some of the real necessities can go begging. What about our Father’s needs? God wants us to teach our children about him, and about how he wants them to conduct themselves. Discipline of children only goes so far with us; but if they are raised right, we may entrust them to the Lord’s discipline. Though they kick against the goads, training in godliness will serve them well. Through that foundation, God may give them reminders and counsel of conscience throughout their lives, whether they know they need it or not.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us raise our children as though they are yours. Amen.
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