When your child is unsaved
SPRINGFIELD, MO. — If your son or daughter is not living for Jesus, you’ve probably felt the sting of disappointment. You’ve shed tears, asking the Lord to bring your child to salvation. And perhaps at times you’ve even felt responsible for your child’s spiritual state and suffered from guilt.
Jesus wants you know that guilt and accusations of parental failure are not from Him. Do not bask in shame. Instead commit yourself to prayer on behalf of your child.
Jesus has your child in His sights and He is at work to bring your loved one to salvation. But He asks you to do your part by walking in faith and continuing in prayer. Jesus spoke these words to Jairus after the death of his daughter in Luke 8:50: “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (NIV).
The enemy wants you to give up hope for your child’s salvation. He wants you to cease praying because he knows the power of prayer. First Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” Don’t let the enemy deceive you. Your prayers matter in the battle for your child’s soul.
Here are five additional steps you can take to influence your child for Jesus:
1. Be an example of a committed and victorious follower of Christ.
2. Continue to tell your child you are praying that God will watch over him or her.
3. If your child lives with you or in a nearby community, continue to invite him or her to attend church with you. Or, if he or she is visiting you over the holidays, invite your child to attend special church functions such as a cantata or dramatic presentation.
4. Do everything possible to point the children of your son or daughter (your grandchildren) to Christ. Perhaps they will be used to lead their parents to Jesus.
5. Prayfully consider buying your son or daughter a Bible or popular Christ-centered literature.
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