Saturday, November 01, 2008

Pray for their salvation

At times I get discouraged when my kids are not gentle, gracious, kind, loving, meek, tender-hearted, Spirit filled little people.  Instead of being so frustrated about my kids not having the fruits of the Spirit produced in their lives or having outstanding character qualities of honesty and integrity I should be working on their salvation!  Through faith we are saved and through faith we are sanctified (Gal 6).  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  This is not excusing wrong behavior!  Immediate obedience with the right attitude is what we are working on all day (at times a monotonous, grueling task) but be in prayer for salvation of the souls we shepherd!

I've been convicted lately about praying more specifically and more often for the salvation of my children and their growth in grace.  Psalm 63:8 -a passion for God  "Lord, please instill in my children a soul that followeth hard after thee, a heart that clings passionately to you."

Isaiah 45:8 , II Tim 2:10- salvation "Lord, let salvation spring up within my children that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory"

II Peter 3:18- growth in grace "I pray that they may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ"


Matt & Nicki said...

I read this post a couple of days ago and never commented, but since we see each other often, but don't always get to talk, I wanted you to know I am right here with you. I have been so convicted about this area of life as a parent and in striving to love my children. I needed the reminder again--thanks!

Debbie said...

Thank you for posting this Beth. I have to agree with Nicki! I needed that reminder too! ;) It helps to hear it the way you stated it ... and it makes it a little easier to deal with our children, huh?