A foundation of ten

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Joseph Parker | Faith

The Ten Commandments are a jewel – a great treasure found in the Word of God. They are ten commands that form a foundation of wisdom. Every other command in the Word of God can be said to derive its wisdom or insight directly or in principle from the truths found therein.

The Ten Commandments flow from the heart and mind of God. They contain eternal wisdom, insight, and understanding concerning God and our relationship to Him. They also contain insight about life and our relationship with God and other people. They contain insight about ownership and property and how to honor God in how we see and care for people and our (and others’) possessions.

The Ten Commandments are both a gift and a weapon from the Lord that we would be wise to utilize regularly in our lives. How can we do that? Let‘s consider a few ways.

  1. Read the Ten Commandments at least every other day. (Exodus 20:1–17)
  2. Pray the Ten Commandments every day with your family.
  3. Teach your children the meaning of each of the Ten Commandments.
  4. Have them in a visible place in your home for all to see.
  5. Consistently talk with your children about ways to apply them in everyday life.
  6. Trust God to help you live them before your family. We are not perfect, but we can and should faithfully seek to obey them.

How to pray the Ten Commandments:

“Lord, thank you for this day. Help me this day to put you first in every way and in all that I do. Help me, Lord, to not make or have any graven images. Help me, Lord, to not take your name in vain. Help me, Father, to remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Lord, help me this day to honor my father and mother. Lord, help me this day to not take my neighbor’s life or murder his/her character. Help me to not commit adultery. Help me to not steal. Help me, Lord, to tell the truth. Help me, Lord, to not covet. Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Parents, it cannot be overstated how valuable it is to teach your children the Ten Commandments. Also, the value of teaching and training your children to pray the Ten Commandments every day should be stressed. Teaching them the Ten Commandments allows the Word of God to be planted in their hearts. And as children learn to pray the Ten Commandments, prayer allows the Holy Spirit to help and empower them to walk in their wisdom and counsel.  

Praying the Ten Commandments is fruitful, edifying, and spiritually enriching. These are a few valuable insights concerning the Ten Commandments that can bless any believer tremendously in their daily walk with the Lord.