We see images of brutal men standing behind rows of kneeling men wearing orange jumpsuits
We hear news of terrorist attacks at a school where children watched their teachers being raped and then burned alive
We hear reports of Christians being kidnapped by the hundreds
We watch transfixed as a grandmother florist in our own country faces the possibility of losing her livelihood, savings, and home because she stood up for her Christian faith
We are surrounded by a society that seems to fully accept pornography, debauchery, and abortion as normal
Does it ever seem to you like our world is falling apart?
This world is an evil place, and it always has been since sin first entered it. The fact that our world is evil should come as no shock to us. In fact, Jesus explicitly told His followers that they would suffer persecution.
The idea of persecution doesn’t settle very well with me right now. I am a mother. I have young children whom I dearly love. I want my children to have good, easy, and comfortable lives.
But God does not promise a good life for my children here on this earth. In fact, He may even call my children to face persecution. How can I, as a faithful Christian parent, prepare my children for the possibility of persecution?
1. I can pray for my children
The thought of my children facing persecution is a bitter pill to swallow. I could become angry at the things going on around me. I could become consumed with worry. I could try to ignore the reality.
Or, I could take my children before the Lord in prayer.
I could lay the lives of my children at the feet of God. This great God not only fashioned my children and set them into my family at this exact time and place in history, He also loves my children beyond what I could ever imagine. My eternal Father knows exactly what it feels like to see a child suffer. He chose to allow His own precious Son to suffer persecution and death so that Christians could experience peace and love in heaven for all of eternity. I can trust God with the future of my children. I can pray that His will would be done in the lives of my children, regardless of what that will might be. I want my children to follow this God, no matter the consequences.
2. I can teach my children God’s truth
We can get so caught up in teaching our children a second language, music lessons, advanced math, social skills, sports, how to be successful, even how to be morally virtuous, that we forget to teach them Who God is and what truth is.
Our culture is becoming more and more saturated with Satan’s lies. Everywhere around us moral confusion is prevalent. I want my children to know the truths of God’s Word so that they will be able to recognize Satan’s lies and see their own need for a Savior. My children may choose to accept or reject this truth. But, God give me grace, I am determined that they will have heard the truth.
I want my children to know God. I want them to not only know about Him, but to know Him as their personal Savior. Only the Holy Spirit can bring them to salvation. However, I can be faithful to teach my children about God and to demonstrate to them what a personal knowledge of God looks like in my own life.
3. I can teach my children to pray.
Could I give my children any greater gift than the knowledge of how to pray? May my children see me on my knees in prayer for them. May they know from a young age that prayer changes hearts, minds, circumstances. May they know the blessed joy and privilege of bringing their requests and their worship before an all powerful God Who loves them.
Are you concerned that your children may face persecution for their faith? What do you think parents should do to prepare their children for the possibility of persecution? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please scroll down to comment.
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