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Laying Hold on Eternal Life means we are alive and thinking and motivated by the fact that we are already immortal. We are thinking Eternally when we start seeing what our moments look like when they are observed from God’s Throne. All of a sudden we see that our life span and our resources were all given to us by Another who owns us and wants a return on His investment.

Parenting is lifelong. Praying keeps us on the front lines of our children’s lives – all through our lives. Successful parenting of a godly family only has two requirements: get started in prayer and never quit that praying.

Before we are parents we are praying, while we are up to our ears in those child-filled years we are praying, and after they launch out into their own lives we are praying.

My philosophy of great parenting is that you raise a godly family – one prayer at a time.

Prayer is the key to raising, nurturing, and launching children that please the Lord. This morning is a practical, how-to lesson in learning how to pray for our children.

1. Living like Christ’s Child – means to pray for REALITY IN THEIR SPIRITUAL LIFE: is seeing them genuinely saved, loving God’s Word, living in victory, thinking of heaven, finding sin repulsive, staying tender toward God.

2. Looking Christ-like – means to pray for INTEGRITY IN THEIR PERSONAL LIFE: is seeing them maintaining a clear conscience, learning to stand alone, seeking to stay pure, cultivating a servant’s heart, never becoming bitter in trials.

3. Loving One Another — means to pray for STABILITY IN THEIR RELATIONAL LIFE: which is seeing them cultivating a love for their brothers and sisters, learning to trust God with hard situations and not to rebel, each loving the way God made them as men and women, waiting to meet God’s chosen life partner for them.

4. Laying Hold on Eternal Life – means to pray for VITALITY IN THEIR ETERNAL LIFE.
1. THIS MEANS SEEING THEM CHOOSING A LIFE OF CONTENTMENT. Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (KJV) CONTENTMENT is a habit of life that helps us avoid things that deeply offend and grieve our Heavenly Father.
The desire for things more than God
The desire for pleasure more than godliness
The desire for satisfaction through things more than to be satisfied by God.
The desire for better things and other things that others have more than thanking God for what we have.
The desire for the rewards of the physical world is more than a desire for eternal rewards.