Their Kids Need Prayer

One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armor, "Come, let's go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side." But he did not tell his father. Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men, among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod's brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.
On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez, and the other Seneh. 5 One cliff stood to the north toward Micmash, the other to the south toward Geba.
Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."
"Do all that you have in mind," his armor-bearer said. "Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul."
1 Samuel 14:1-7

Jonathan's still a teen and decides he wanted to be heroic. Kids do that. He could have been easily killed. But he and his body guard weren't and they caused no small commotion in the Philistine camp. The rest of the chapter recounts what exactly happened.

This devotional is simple. Often the children of leaders get overlooked. The parents are the leaders, but the kids are still under scrutiny for actions that are typical of kids growing up. They don't get a chance to grow up without bodyguards and protection and cameras and adoring fans. It can be wearisome because they didn't sign up for the job but are still under the same light.

Pray for the children of the leaders who are over you. They carry a burden of the public spotlight that you and I don't have to carry. Pray also that the parents will instill into those kids character-building traits: honesty, courage, decency. Pray that God would soften their hearts towards Him.

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