It’s difficult to pass our faith on to our children in this day and age. There are so many things screaming for our children’s hearts and minds. They are the voices of secularism that tell our kids that God has no place in the public square and we just need to be quiet. There are the voices of materialism telling our kids that the secret to happiness is accumulating wealth and the more you have, the happier you’ll be. There are also the powerful forces of hedonism telling our kids that this life is all there is, so live it up, live for yourself, and look out for number one. Party it up, live for pleasure, eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. These are all lies.
“After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10 (NIV)
Although voices may be demanding the attention of our children, Christians have a tool far more powerful. That tool is prayer. James 5:16 says “The effective prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (NASB) God commands us to pray, it is one avenue through which He allows us to grow His kingdom. Throughout Christian history, we can look to people who prayed fervently for children. Monica prayed unceasingly for her son, Augustine, an early church father who lived in the 4th century AD. As a young man, he lived a very hedonistic lifestyle until God grabbed hold of him. George Mueller, whose life was bathed in prayer, housed and fed 18,000 orphans and shared the gospel with millions around the world during the 18th century. Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles who were evangelists and hymn writers, prayed continually for her children. As we pray for others and share the gospel, we can be encouraged in the words of our Lord, “…I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18.