Day 3: Pastor Parents

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

“In liturgical worship, a minister or priest sometimes faces the people, and sometimes faces the altar. The significance of the two stances is this: he faces the people when he speaks to the people on behalf of God; he faces the altar when he speaks to God on behalf of the people. These two stances symbolize the two basic functions of a priest: to represent God to the people, and to represent the people to God.

Father! Mother! God has called you to be priests unto your children. Through that priesthood, Jesus will enter into the life and experience of your home. And already here upon earth, you and your children will experience a foretaste of heaven. ‘For this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent’ (John 17:3).” [Larry Christenson. The Christian Family.]

As biological and spiritual parents to our children in our families, ministries, and churches, we are called to be pastor parents. We are called to present God to our biological and spiritual children. We are called to present our biological and spiritual children to God through the ministry of prayer and intercession.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we seek your presence in our homes, in our ministries, and in our church. We present our biological and spiritual children to you. May they encounter you and have faith beyond their years. May they become servants of the Lord. All for your glory, honor, and praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to I Speak Jesus by Charity Gayle (click here).