Lift Up Your Hands for Your Children

Pouring Out Our Heart for Our Children (5)

Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner. –Lamentations 2:19

We have looked at this verse over the course of these past weeks. We’ve discussed pouring out our hearts and the night watch in the first sentence of the verse.

You can read these two posts by clicking on the links below:

Today, let’s look at the second and final sentence of Lamentations 2:19.

The children described in this verse are in need. They are faint, hungry, and displaced. These were from the affects of war. Though our children might not be experiencing these same conflicts, it’s likely they are facing some kind of issue such as fear, addiction, anxiety, loneliness, temptations, etc. 

This verse is a reminder that no matter the time period, children need prayer!

This verse also tells the reader to lift up their hands to God. This is another gesture of intentional and concentrated prayer, much like pouring out one’s heart. When was the last time you or I lifted our own hands up to God?

I pray this verse be a reminder to you for years to come. I hope these last few weeks have encouraged you (as it has me) to pour out your own heart, lift your hands in prayer, and always be aware of when the watch is on behalf of your children. 

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