And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6
Prayer is one of the greatest signs of a man’s new birth. It is an infallible sign that we are children of God when we can with a holy reverence and boldness cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ It is a great and inestimable privilege that God permits us to approach so near to himself. We lie prostrate at the feet of God – the same feet where angels and all the powers in heaven worship. This privilege cost Jesus Christ dear, for it is through him that we have access with boldness to the throne of grace. All access was barred against sinners until Christ opened a passage for us by his own death and precious blood. Shall we not make use of this privilege purchased for us at so dear a rate? Nothing is so desirable in this world as a faithful friend, to whom we may at all ties unburden ourselves, and make all our secrets and grievances known. Prayer directs us to go to God himself; he is our most faithful friend who can best counsel and help us. Prayer is the means whereby we reveal the secrets and troubles of our souls to him. Prayer is our talking with God. When our hearts well up with grief and are ready to break within us, how sweet is it then to go apart with God and give our hearts vent! Prayer is making our case known to him, and spreading our wants before him. It is casting all our burdens upon him who has promised to sustain us. Prayer is the means appointed by God to obtain the blessings and mercies of which we stand in need. All spiritual blessings of faith, love, patience, humility, and strength are gifts from the throne of grace. Our prayers and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well. One ascends, and one descends. Our prayers ascend to God in heaven, and his mercies and blessing descend upon us.
Many young parents today are beside themselves with anxieties about their children, and, sadly, confusion too about how to nurture them. The ongoing addiction of our times to the heresy of modernity and its proud rejection and ignorance of the tested and tried wisdom of the past, inevitably leads to dysfunction in home and family life. Sadly, the older, wiser counsel of God’s Word, and especially of the book of Proverbs, is unknown or neglected. Yet Proverbs was composed specifically as a manual for home and family instruction, and to prepare us for life in the world. It is a divinely given handbook to help parents.
Proverbs and Ken Wingate following them shows us the way to possess the jewel of all jewels in a well-adorned life: wisdom that is rooted in the knowledge of, and reverential love for, God. Here is true wisdom that will prove to be worth its weight in gold in every age and culture. Ken Wingate now brings it into our needy culture, and I for one am grateful to him for sharing his gift as a father with other fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters too.
Here then is a book for parents to read on their own; for teenagers to read on their own; for parents and teenagers, who are willing to take the family challenge, to read round the table after dinner or on other occasions. It points us to Gods way. It promises us God’s grace. What could be better for us than that?