When I look into my granddaughter’s eyes, I see the future. I see a little girl who will one day grow up and go out into the world to make a difference.
And I wonder: What will her world be like?
I truly believe the holiness of this present generation will determine the health of the next generation. As a father and grandfather, it is my responsibility to teach my children and grandchild “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
This starts with prayer. How we teach our children and grandchildren to pray — not just telling them to pray but showing them how to pray — will have a mighty influence on the world they will inherit.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once prayed:
“Our loving Father, from Thy hand have come all the days of the past. To Thee we look for whatever good the future holds. We are not satisfied with the world as we have found it. It is too little the kingdom of God as yet. Grant us the privilege of a part in its regeneration. …We are looking for a new earth in which dwells righteousness. It is our prayer that we may be children of light, the kind of people for whose coming and ministry the world is waiting.”
Some may wonder what doing justice has to do with prayer, but I would suggest that doing justice begins with prayer. And not just the prayer, “God, bring justice,” but “God, use us in your work for justice.”
We must start with prayers of repentance. We must ask God for forgiveness for how we have failed to see the image of God in one another, how we have failed to love our neighbors as ourselves.
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