Daily Devotion

Claim your children for Christ

November 17, 2015

“You have taught me from my youth.”

Ps 71:17 NKJV

When a child is raised by praying parents who walk according to God’s Word, 85 percent of the time they’ll develop a strong faith before age thirteen. But what if your kids are already grown? One of God’s titles is “Redeemer,” which means He can give you another chance. Commit your life to Christ; that’s how generational cycles of failure are broken. Or what if you’re concerned about bringing a child into an evil world? The Bible says it’s the children of the light who push back the darkness (See Mt 5:14-16). God promised, “My spirit and my words that I give you will never leave you or your children or your grandchildren, now and forever” (Isa 59:21 NCV). You ask, “How can I compete with the negative influences around me?” Every study confirms that a parent has the greatest influence—greater than friends, school, or the media in determining the character and direction of a child. Think of it as a relay race. Success isn’t just based on how well you run, but on how well you pass the baton. Only when the story of future generations is told will you know whether you won or lost. The Psalmist writes, “You have taught me from my youth…Now also when I am old…do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come” (Ps 71:16-18 NKJV). Don’t drop the baton! Make it your goal to raise children who’ll pick up your legacy of faith and carry it farther than you did. When you commit to doing that, God will work with you and through you.