Oct 6

Our Stimulus to Persevering Prayer

2010 at 3:38 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Fear & Anxiety | Motherhood

The state of our children’s souls before God should drive us to prayer. We should beseech God to protect our children from worldliness, or to rescue them from sin’s entanglement. We must ask God to give them an undying love and passion for the Savior. We must pray that God would strengthen their faith and uphold them in the midst of trials.

We long—above all else—that our unsaved children would repent and believe in Jesus Christ; that they would know Him and experience eternal life.

This quote by Charles Bridges aptly expresses both our fervent hopes and the faith with which we ought to pray:

“But do we mourn over the evil of our child, especially when tracing it to its original source? Oh! let it be our stimulus to earnest and persevering prayer, and to the diligent use of the appointed means for that entire change of heart and nature, which we so intensely desire….The answer may be delayed. But “though it tarry, wait for it. For at the end it shall come; it shall not tarry.” Meanwhile “live by faith” (Heb. 2: 3, 4); work in faith. Never forget that we serve “the God of Hope.” Despair not of his grace. Doubt not his faithfulness. Hold on in active energy and patient hope. The tears of despondency shall be changed into tears of joy, giving a happy glow of warmth to every tender remonstrance, and animating every prudential effort….“The end of the Lord” will put unbelief to shame (James 5:11).”

Whether or not you’ve been praying for your children for many years or only just begun, we must all “hold on in active energy and patient hope.” We must faithfully and earnestly preach the gospel to our children. We must encourage and correct those who are wayward. But we must always pray with confidence in the goodness of our God, for “‘The end of the Lord’” will put unbelief to shame.”

—from the archives

Oct 5

Q&A: Can We Trust God to Save Our Children?

2010 at 4:28 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Trusting God | Fear & Anxiety | Motherhood | Q&A

Christen sent us this question in response to the series on a mother’s fears: How are we to think as far as trusting God to save our children? We have no promise that he’s going to, but at the same time, we’re raising them in that hope. Can we say that we can trust God to save them? It might be better to say that we can entrust our children to God. We have no explicit promise that He is going to save them, that is true. But we have more than enough promises in Scripture to help us put off fear and pray with expectant faith. We must trust in God’s character—His sovereignty, wisdom, mercy, love and faithfulness. And we must remember His purposes, as Charles Spurgeon explained in his comments on Psalm 102:28:

“The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.”

“This verse is full of good cheer to us; we may plead for the Lord’s favor to our offspring…. God does not neglect the children of his servants…Grace is not hereditary, yet God loves to be served by the same family time out of mind…. We may, therefore, not only for our own sakes but also out of love to the church of God, daily pray that our sons and daughters may be saved, and kept by divine grace even unto the end—established before the Lord.” Throughout Scripture we see examples of God working through families; there are many verses that speak of God’s heart for future generations and command us to pray and preach the gospel to the next generation. So let’s entrust our children’s souls to a good God. And instead of giving way to fear, let’s fervently pray and preach the good news to them each day.

Oct 4

What to Fear

2010 at 1:36 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Fear & Anxiety

“Fear to fear. Be afraid to be afraid. Your worst enemy is within your own bosom Get to your knees and cry for help, and then rise up saying, ‘I will trust, and not be afraid.’”

—Charles Spurgeon, Chequebook of Faith, March 17

You fearful saints, fresh courage take:
The clouds you so much dread
Are big with mercy and will break
In blessing on your head.

—William Cowper