The act of dedicating children to God has a rich history. In 1 Samuel 1:28 we see Hannah and Elkanah ‘giving the baby’ [Samuel] to God. In Luke 2:28 we see Joseph and Mary taking their baby [Jesus] and presenting him to the Lord: ‘Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God’. In Mark 10:16 we see Jesus doing the same thing with little children: ‘He took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them’.
Dedicating children to God is a number of things: an acknowledgement of thanks and gratitude to God for the gift of your child; a public testimony of your commitment to raising your child in a way that honours God and honours the child; an outward expression of an inward desire to grow the faith of your child to a stage where they are able to make their own commitment to Jesus as their Saviour; and acknowledgement of the parents responsibility before God to develop a home life conducive to love and security; and a chance to be prayed for so that all these things might happen!
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