Exodus 20:12 – “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (NIV)

The Bible laid emphasis on the parents because they are God’s first representatives to us in life (mentor). Parents could also mean spiritual guardians— people who help us in the way of the Lord (1 Corinthians 4:15). As godly children, we must honour every moral instruction given by our father or mother because failure to conform comes with a consequence (James 4:17).

For example, a village man wanted to leave for the city, but the mother warned him not to go, that it was not yet time. But this man refused! On getting to the city, it was already dark, so he slept on the street. Hours later, he was robbed, and because he had nothing, his eyes were plugged out by the angry thieves. Therefore, the man became a beggar and begged until he got to his village. Then, the people quickly called his mother, and they both wept!

Beloved, we must obey and appreciate our parents because nothing can take their place. They conceived you and trained you until you became somebody in life. Now! You are shy to introduce them, saying they are illiterate. Don’t be an ingrate! (Proverbs 17:25). More so, if you want to prosper with long life, you need to go back to the parents; apologise (if needed), honour and bless them regularly, because as seen in our Bible reading, this is the first commandment with a promise!


Hymn: Come into my Heart — Harry D. Clarke (1924)

1. Father, please forgive my sins of disobedience and negligence to my parents.


1. Lord, preserve my parents to eat the good fruits of their labours.

2. Pray for anyone that represents a parent to you.

3. Any power sitting at the door of my breakthrough, expire!


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