In his Gospel, Mark records Jesus withdrawing to pray on three occasions, and they’re all significant. Here in chapter 1, Jesus prays in a solitary place. In chapter 6, Jesus prays on a mountainside, and then in chapter 14, Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. At the start, at the end, and in the middle too, Jesus prays. When things are going well, and when they aren’t, Jesus prays.
“Love your enemies,” and you take on the spirit of Christ!
“Do good to those who hate you,” and you may make them your friend!
“Bless those who curse you,” and you inherit a blessing!
“Pray for those who mistreat you,” and you begin to see them through the loving eyes of the Father!
That is why I urge you to intercede for your children and to pray that they will not get out of the perfect will of God for their lives. While your children are young, ask God to reveal His plans for their futures in order that you can train them up in the way they should go. Treasure in your heart those things the Lord speaks to you about each child and claim God’s wisdom daily in guiding and training your children.