I assume many different reasons come to your mind. Our congregation heard a significant one through the testimony of a brother in his twenties we baptized yesterday. He had understood the gospel and had been following Christ since he was a boy, but recently came to the conviction that Scripture commands being baptized as a believer. As a Baptist pastor, I was happy to accommodate. He gave a powerful public testimony, but it was this opening section that I was so deeply impacted to hear as a father:
I came from a Christian home where I was taught to love the Lord at very early age. One of my fondest memories as a young boy was having my father pray for me at bedtime. Each night he would pray: “Father in heaven, I pray for my son—That you would bless him and keep him, and give him a good night’s sleep. I pray that he would grow to be a just and upright man, and that he would never know a day without you. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.” I remember one night at about age 9, my dad bent down to kiss me after praying and noticed that my eyes were tearful. He asked, “Why are you crying, son?” And I answered, “Because I’m happy…” Little did my father know that the Lord was dealing with me in His own peculiar way. For some time, my soul had been restless because of sin in my life and my need to be forgiven. That night, when my father prayed the words, “that he would never know a day without you…” I knew for the first time that I knew the Lord Jesus—and that made me very happy.
Christian fathers, our prayers matter. Especially when our children hear our prayers. Pray for them. Pray with them. Pray specific things for them. Most of all, pray the gospel and that if God would see fit, that He would never allow another day go by without them knowing and experiencing the treasure of Christ through faith.