*MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL*

Friday, 30 April 2021

*Bible In One Year:* Psalm 133

TOPIC: *THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTAL GUIDANCE*

*FIRE SCRIPTURE:* Proverbs 4:1-22

*MEMORY VERSE:*
*Matthew 15:14-* ```"Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."```

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
*Always show your children the kind of person you want them to be.*

PRAISE WORSHIP: *Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit*

PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
*I DECREE AND DECLARE, YOU SHALL NOT LABOUR OVER YOUR CHILDREN IN VAIN, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.*

*The MESSAGE:*
Parental guidance is guiding your child by explaining the reasons (pros and cons) of his or her actions and decisions. If the child resists the parent, then the parent would act to correct, punish and prevent the child's undesirable behaviour.

Parental guidance can also be described as the act of influencing and teaching your children to gain skills that are needed in order to make good choices and thrive in this world. In the sight of God, parents are responsible for the training of their children. If you fail as a parent, God is going to hold you responsible for it.

You must spend quality time with your children. This is very important because they long and hunger for your time. Many children spend a lot of time with the grandparents and housemaids. They learn a lot of things from whoever they spend time with. You must make sure you give to your children ideas for living. This is also very important in their day to day running and for their future. Some of these are teachings about moral and spiritual principles of life. You must show them that only those that are sound morally and spiritually attain genuine satisfaction in life.

The story of the prodigal son shows us that he was not trained morally and spiritually. As a result, he wasted his father's wealth and didn't have ideas on how and what he could do about his life.

Set good examples for your children, plan things together as a family, ask them to bring ideas and work it out together. Make the home so interesting and delightful that your children will want to stay at home.

This will hinder them from having secret friends that will mislead them outside the home. Discipline them. The Bible requires the parents to discipline their children when they go wrong (Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 23:13). Teach them to know God and bring them up in the church.

Most importantly, always read the Bible together regularly at home. Make sure the family prayers take place daily. Guide them on how to go about it. When they grow up and become teenagers, they will not run away from the things of God.

When you give your children and wards spiritual guidance, you will have peace and the home will be free of strife and trouble. You would also have passed the test of parenting and stewardship. Heaven will then give you great rewards.

*PRAYER POINTS:*

*MORNING*
1. Thank you Lord, for making me a parent, in the name of Jesus.
2. I thank You Lord, that I am a mother/father of glorious children, in the name of Jesus.
3. Help me, O Lord, to guide my children aright, in the name of Jesus.

*EVENING*
4. O Lord, I withdraw the names of my children from the altar of witchcraft, in the name of Jesus.
5. O Lord, deliver my children from the paws of satanic lions, in the name of Jesus.
6. My children, you will not answer the call of destiny manipulators, insanity and death, in the name of Jesus.
7. My children are for signs and wonders in their generation, in the name of Jesus.

©2021 _*MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE* is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide)_

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