My prayer of all prayers is that my children know God, not just know about Him. Both of my children made a decision to receive Jesus into their lives at an early age. They accepted Jesus with child-like faith. And yet, as the years went by their faith wavered. As their minds matured and changed, their faith did too. They never lost their faith; they simply had to learn how to process it in an adult way.
Sometimes our children lose their way as they process their faith. They accept Jesus as a child and it becomes their parents faith, their relationship with Jesus is based on their parents. It is not their own. And when that happens, they don’t develop an adult personal relationship with Jesus. I’ve seen this time and time again as I’ve worked with families. The kids know about God, yet do not know God. I’m not saying they aren’t saved, I’m simply saying that the relationship with Jesus isn’t developed.
As parents it is our job to pray for our children; to “continually ask God to fill them with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding the Spirit gives”. Colossians 1:9
- John 6:40 tells us that “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life and I will raise them up at the last day.” What a beautiful promise! Rest on this, God will raise your child up at the last day, even if it doesn’t seem like it today.
- John 14:16-17 says that “I (meaning Jesus) will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever-the Spirit of truth. We can ask Jesus to send the Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit) to guide help and be with our children FOREVER! That makes me want to shout for joy!
So dear friends, do not grow weary. Keep on praying for your kids. They will grow to know God in their own personal way! Remember everyone has their own story and no two stories are the same.