For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Psalms 78:5-7 (NLT)
Steve Adams, the children's pastor at Saddleback, says kids today fight a battle significantly different from the one their parents fought.
The other day I was watching “Leave It To Beaver” with my ten-year-old son. The Beaver’s predicament in this episode was he’d lost the $1.50 his father gave him for a haircut, and he was afraid to tell his parents. His brother, Wally, stepped in to help, giving the Beaver a haircut to comic results.
When the show broke for a commercial, the advertisement was about Fran Drescher’s new sit-com, “Happily Divorced.” Paralleling her real life, Fran plays a woman who discovers her husband is gay, and so she navigates “the new parameters of their relationship while re-entering the dating pool”. Bob Dylan, the poet-laureate of the Beaver’s generation (Wally was heading to college in 1963), sang, “The Times They Are a-Changin’”. The truth is, today the times have changed.
Steve Adams, the children’s pastor at Saddleback, says kids today fight a battle significantly different from the one their parents fought. For instance, he says recent research reveals, of the top 100 Internet searches by kids 7-to-18-years-old, pornography is ranked number four. If Wally and the Beaver had gone looking for porn, they might have been able to sneak a peak at Playboy, which in 1960 published pictures that were only slightly more explicit than today’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
The times they have a-chang-ed.
Steve suggests parents pray a prayer of anointing over their children, strengthening for the battle they face. It is a simple prayer, one you can pray today: “God, I love this child I and I know you have a purpose for (his or her) life. I pray today that you will bless (him or her). Pour your blessings out on (child’s name) today. Amen.”
It is a simple prayer, but there is power in that. Steve says your kids need this blessing. They need such an anointing from the Holy One in order to face the challenges and temptations of this age. Pray this prayer today.
Take a look at this new curriculum from Saddleback Resources: Raising Your Kids without Raising Your Blood Pressure.
Consider reading Costly Grace by Jon Walker. Rick Warren says Costly Grace “may be one of the most important books published during this time of economic uncertainty and world turmoil.”
This devotional is copyrighted 2011 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.