Twice this week I've counseled with parents who feel that if they pray for their child and if their child prays about their problems - miracles will happen. Their personalities will be changed and they will turn into sweet obedient children.
Prayer is important and parents should always take their problems to God.
Unfortunately.....God gave you a brain and he gave you the responsibility to care for your child. He's not going to take that back. He's not going to step in and create a miracle when you haven't done your job.
I wish I didn't have to say that. It would be so much easier if we could take our children to church and let them "receive" God like some kind of pill. Instantly they would change and all would be well.
What do you call a jerk that receives the message of Christ and joins the church? A Christian jerk. God changes your heart and sometimes that will change your personality. Most of the time our heart changes and it's years before we see the results in our personal lives.
So what's a parent to do? Pray for your child and pray that God will give you wisdom. Read books, study the job you need to do. Talk to other successful parents and be willing to consider changes. Be Positive! There is always an answer to every problem. You may not like the answer, but there's always a way to change the circumstances as well as the results. Send your questions to Mommy Detective http://www.mommydetective.blogspot.com/ and I'll make sure you have a plan that will give you results.
God loves your child as much as you do and I know He wants to help....but we must be wise and do our part.
God loves you,