|“Are you responsible for meeting your own needs, or do you look to God alone? Before you give an answer, remember the following: … your needs are insatiable and can never be met to your satisfaction. Like a black hole, you will consume all and scream for more. Like food, no matter how full you feel after a meal, you will return to the table in a few hours to once again eat.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise).” Ephesians 6:2
Paul repeats number five of the Ten Commandments with the comment that it is the first with a promise. He ties it with the command to obey parents. Of the Ten Commandments, it is the only one with a promise, “that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” 364 The Ten Commandments divide between those dealing with the people’s relation to God (commandments 1-4) and those dealing with their relation to others (commandments 5-10). This commandment honoring parents may be the most important and difficult to obey in the second group, and that is why God attaches a promise to it.
How children relate to their parents forms the foundation of society. If children do not learn how to be under authority at home, then the school must teach them, and if that fails the state must step in, usually resulting in incarceration. The longer it takes the child to learn the higher the price. Authority is conferred in every case except with small children and those in prison. I tell my three-year¬ old daughter to go to bed. After resisting, she complies. A moment later she comes out of her room asking to brush her teeth, then later she again appears saying she has to go to the toilet, and later still asking for a drink of water. If my three-year-old can thwart my will without my knowing what constitutes a legitimate request, I am hopelessly in trouble by the time she is thirteen – and so is she.
Although God gives the command to the children, responsibility rests with the parents. They must create an environment in which their children learn to honor and obey. For this reason, Paul follows with the command, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” The parents lay the foundation of respect for authority in the life of their children. If the parents fail, the child is handicapped.
364 Exodus 20:12
Isaiah 37-38 Colossians 3 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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