"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way." 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Day 3: Submission to Authority
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." Romans 13:1-2
If there's anything we should also be praying for God to do in us as well as our children it is this. Submitting to authority goes against every fiber of our being, it comes against everything we have been taught by society. We want our sons to grow up and be strong individuals and strong leaders, and it starts with teaching them to learn how to submit. Submitting to authority does not make us weak, it does not make us less successful, less influential, and less great. We need to teach our sons to respect, submit to, and to pray for the leaders in their lives so that they themselves can become great leaders. Let us pray that we ourselves will be submissive to the leaders in our lives so our sons also can learn to submit. Let us pray that even in the moments we doubt that those in authority are making the right decisions that we can trust in God's ultimate plan.
Lord, we pray that our sons will learn and embrace submission as a daily aspect of their lives. May they learn to respect, honor, and pray for the leaders in their lives so that they may one day become great leaders themselves. May they understand true leadership as defined in your word and true submission as commanded by you. Grant us the strength to submit to those in authority even when we question. Give us the ability to recognize your ultimate plan with those you have placed over us. May you place over our sons godly leaders who will make submission an easy, natural aspect to their lives. May we as their parents always be leaders that make it easy to submit to, and may our submission to others set a godly, encouraging example to them...