I recently heard Toby Cavanaugh share part of his testimony and found it really encouraging especially as a new dad. Check out what he has to say, especially the last few sentences!
Growing up, one of the most powerful things my Dad gave me was a sense of destiny. From my earliest memories, my Dad would come into my room, where I was in the top bunk and Todd was in the bottom bunk. He’d lay his hands on us, and he would begin to pray over us. He’d usually start just speaking in tongues. But then he would shift, and he would begin to pray into our destiny, our calling, and the unique things that God had prepared for us to do.
When I was dedicated as a young child, a man named Elmer Frink, who was a prophet to the Body of Christ prayed over me. And he prophesied Jeremiah 1:5 over me, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
And this would be one of the things my dad would pray over me. “Lord, prepare Toby to be a prophet to the nations. Teach him to speak your words to other peoples. Father, we release him to wherever you want to send him.” It’s no wonder I find myself moving back to China in 2 months.
If you are a parent, a sense of destiny and purpose is one of the most powerful things you can give your son or daughter. Hebrews 11 says of Moses parents that they were able to help launch him towards his destiny because “they saw that he was no ordinary child.” That’s part of our job as parents “to see our kids as no ordinary children.” Some parents fear their kid will get a big head or become arrogant if they are always speaking destiny over them. Your children are going to spend the rest of their lives in a world that will try to tear them down and convince them they are not special. As parents, our special role is to make sure our sons and daughters know they have a destiny. And if you haven’t done that much yet, no condemnation. Just start today.