My husband prays EVERY night for the salvation of our children. Is there really anything more important for us to pray as parents? I think not.
But we can’t save them.
We can’t reach into their hearts and cram the gospel in there and make it grow.
We can’t homeschool them as a guarantee that they will receive Christ and follow Him faithfully. (Look at Cain and Abel. The first homeschooled children…one followed faithfully and one brutally murdered his brother.)
We can’t force them into the Kingdom of God.
We can’t coerce them or beg them to be born again.
We can’t make promises that if they say the sinner’s prayer they will never have to fear hell.
We can’t create genuine conviction and repentance in the hearts of our children.
What can we do?
We can pray with and for them.
We can be transparent with them and authentic in our faith sharing our own failings and weaknesses.
We can share the gospel with them over and over and over.
We can faithfully open the Word of God with them every day teaching them and instructing them.
We can and should do a lot of things. But we can’t save our children.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.'” John 3:3