This quote from Michael Youssef puts it pretty clear - "If we fail as adults in praying for and praying with the next generation, then they will become spiritually unsure." This quote really opened my eyes. I do not want my grandsons to become spiritually unsure. I want them to grow up to be young men, then adults who know, love and walk with God.I'm sure these are the same things you want for the children you love; but these things will not, "just happen". If we as grandparents/ parents fail to be intentional in praying for/with the children we love, if we fail to read God's Word with them, if we fail to tell them the "whys" - why they are able to believe God is real and trust His Word with confidence, if we fail to do these things, then it is very possible they will grow up to be spiritually unsure - or worse, walk away from their faith.
Now, yes, we are able to do all these things and still have the children we love walk away from their faith; but if their faith is truly their faith, because they know how to talk with God, because they read God's Word, because they know the "whys" for their faith, and their faith is truly their own, then they are much more likely to continue to walk with God and hand it down to the generations behind them. When we engage with them intentionally, when we are focused and active in handing down confident faith, praying for and with them, teaching them the "whys", and reading God's Word together, it will make a difference. God does promise His Word will not return to Him void/empty. He promises it will accomplish what He planned for it to accomplish, so reading it and praying it together with the ones we love is absolutely not a waste of our time. It is the best way we are able to spend our time!
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