Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 1– Release Our Children To God (Part 1)

Jesus Parenting Model

Jesus Parenting Model

Jesus constantly released his followers (His spiritual children) into His Father’s hands through prayer.

For you (the Father) have him (Jesus) authority over everyone on earth.  He (Jesus) gives eternal life to each one (His children) you (the Father) have given him (Jesus).”  (John 17:2)

Jesus prayer in John 17 is an amazing example of how a parent can pray for their children.  Here Jesus acknowledges that these children have been given to Him by the Father.

It is much easier to release our children into the hands of God when we remind ourselves that God gave them to us in the first place like Jesus did.  In addition to that, when we realize that God is with them 24/7 and eventually they are going to walk out the front door of our house and live somewhere else, it motivates us to release them back to God when they are young.

This morning my 16 year old son drove off to school and then will be gone on a school field trip until tomorrow night.  My middle daughter is in Ecuador and my oldest daughter is in graduate school in another city.  I am constantly reminded that they are in God’s hands and not mine.  Thank you Father.

Jesus knew that He had to let go of His children and that He could trust God would do what was best for their lives.

Let’s prayerfully daily release our children into God’s hands.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s wonderful plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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