When the Lord blessed me with babies, He gave me a prayer to pray for them as they grew – that their hearts would be fertile ground for His Word. As I looked over the vast landscape of Canyonlands National Park in the summer of 2014, I received a true picture of what the opposite of fertile ground is. It’s this.
Yes, this desert landscape will make your eyes open wide and your mouth drop open when you see it. But it’s not the word picture I want to represent my heart – or the hearts of the people I care about.
“But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23.
The prayer God gave me to pray for my children was based on this verse, spoken by Jesus in the Parable of the Sower. The seed He is referring to is the Word of God. The soil represents the heart – how a person receives and responds to the Word of God.
Our children receive so many mixed messages from this world. My heart aches for them as they try to navigate life. Praying this verse for your children is a way to combat the confusion and gives them truth to stake their lives on.
When I pray this prayer for my sons, their wives (who are now my daughters) and my grandchildren, there is so much wrapped up in it. I’m praying that they will first of all hear and read God’s Word. I’m praying that God will help them to understand it and guide them to know and experience its power. I’m praying they will have a love for the truth of Scripture, recognize its value, and realize God’s Word far surpasses any words of man. I’m praying it will sink deep into their hearts, and they will abide by it and obey it. I am praying Scripture is their “default,” and that when they get off track, the Lord will use His Word to get them back on track.
This desert land is a beautiful place to visit, but it’s also a stark reminder that my heart can become like that, and that’s the last thing I want – for myself and for those I love.