Case Family in Hong Kong

Pray4HK – Babies

Posted in Pray4HK by jpcase01 on March 21, 2012

In Hong Kong, parents are willing to go to extreme lengths for their babies. Ten years ago, pregnant mainland women coming to Hong Kong to give birth numbered around 600.  Today, that figure is pushing 45,000, accounting for 46per cent of all live births in the city. The reasons why mainland mothers-to-be prefer a Hong Kong delivery for their babies are not hard to fathom. Hong Kong represents a loophole around the one-child policy on the mainland and has a high quality of health care and education available.  On the other hand, in Chinese culture it is shameful for an unmarried woman to be pregnant.  As recently as 2001 almost a third of all pregnancies in Hong Kong were terminated, the highest in the developed world.

People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:15-17

Most welcoming Lord Jesus, there’s no more important or necessary gift we can give our children than to keep on bringing them to you. Whether they’re babies, teenagers or adults, themselves… it makes no difference. At everystage of life, our kids need you, Jesus.

For our children who’ve yet to find life in you… have mercy on them, and bring them to a saving knowledge of yourself, Jesus. They don’t just need to “grow up.” They don’t need religion. They don’t need moral reform. They need the gospel of your grace. Show them how much they need you, and show them how much you love them. Keep them restless until they rest in your complete forgiveness and perfect righteousness. More than we want Harvard for our children, we want heaven.

Jesus, some of us grieve the ways we’ve made the gospel less than beautiful and believable to our children. Forgive us, and show yourself to be the God who’s limited by nothing, including parental self-righteousness. Transcend the ways we’ve “blown it.” But also grant us humility and grace to repent… first before you and then to them. Free us to give our children the gift of our repentance

Lastly, Jesus, we ask you to restore us… restore me, to the childlikeness of our early days of knowing you. Free us from childishness, indeed, but renew our hearts in childlike joy, playfulness, gratefulness and simplicity. Our bodies and minds are getting older, but cause our hearts to dance again in the utter and matchless delights of being loved by you. So very Amen, I pray, in your glorious name.

(Intro adapted from Precious Resource by Michael Tien, Photos from Flickr, Prayer adapted from Scotty Smith)

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