I prayed for this Child, and the Lord has granted me the desires of my heart. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord. And he worshiped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28
Dedicating your baby doesn’t necessarily mean your just giving him to God. Yes, you are dedicating him to God to protect him and keep him safe, but you are also telling God, We as parents will serve you and raise our baby in the ways of the Lord.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Christian parents who choose to dedicate their child make a promise to God to do everything in their power to raise their child in a godly way, not according to our own ways. Until he or she can make that decision on their own to follow God.
Some of those responsibilities include teaching and training the child in God’s word, demonstrating an example of godliness, disciplining according to god’s ways, and praying for the child.
According to the bible, Hannah made a vow, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his Life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” (NIV) 1 Samuel 1:11
When God answered Hannah’s prayer by giving her a son, she remembered her vow.
“As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me the desires of my heart. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord. And he worshiped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1: 26-28
The way the dedication worked at our church was the week before we were going to dedicate Grayson, we had to attend a Dedication class with our pastor. The class covered what dedicating your child meant and what is expected from us as parents. As I explained above.
Day of Dedication Ceremony:
We got to church about 15 to 20 minutes early, and met whoever was coming to be part of this amazing step in our lives. We had worship and sang songs. After worship our pastor called us forward to the alter. My husband, Grayson and I along with my parents made our way to the front. Pastor Tyson held Grayson and said some bible verses and talked to us as well as the congregation. He asked the congregation if they will help be godly examples to Grayson and had everyone extend their arms forward to all pray. Pastor had some more words after prayer then they presented us with a Certificate of Dedication and a mini baby Bible for Grayson.
It was such a meaningful and amazing ceremony. It was definitely meaningful for myself having my parents by our sides and because he is our miracle baby and it felt good giving him to God as God had given him to me.
Going to throw in a little funny thing, my mom told me the mexican’s say that the baby has a devil tail until they are presented/ dedicated to the Lord. Once they are dedicated to the Lord, they finally lose that tail. Haha! My son’s devil tail is gone. Now, he just has devil horns holding up his halo. Hahaha!
Here are some prayers for you to pray for your children.