Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 1 – Release Our Children To God (Part 4)

Praying for our children

Praying for our children

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

“I have given them your word.  And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.”

(John 17:14, 15)

As part of Principle no. 1, Jesus’ prayer in John 17 is an amazing example of how a parent can pray for and ask God to protect His children while they are in the world.

Here Jesus prays to His Father specifically that His children, who are not of the world, but are part of the world, would be protected from the ruler of this world, satan.

As believers in Christ, we are citizens of heaven.  The Bible tells us that this world is not our home.  However, for a time we have been placed here to do God’s kingdom work.

Jesus experienced the hatred of the world and the wrath of the satan.  He knew His children would too.  He also knew the power of His Father to protect His children.

As parents, we can’t always protect our children, but we can pray to the Father and give our children to Him and ask Him to protect them in every situation.  This does not mean that they will not undergo trials and pain, but that God watch over them and give them the love and strength they need to resist and overcome evil.  Now that is a fantastic gift.

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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