During my morning devotions, I was struck by the singular encouraging message found in two distinct verses in two separate books of the Bible highlighted by two different commentators. How wonderful is the unified encouragement of Scripture!
Currently I am studying the book of Genesis, and today Genesis 6:18 was a part of my daily reading: “But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.”
Bruce Waltke comments: “This key expression emphasizes that God preserves humanity in its basic family structure. His salvation extends to the children” (Genesis: A Commentary, p. 136).
The second encouraging verse is from the Psalms: “The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you” (Psalm 102:28).
Charles Spurgeon pointed out:
“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” (Psalms Volume II, p. 70).
Are you praying for an unconverted son or daughter today? Scripture would encourage you, in the further words of Mr. Spurgeon: “Oh, do not give up praying, for Christ is ‘mighty to save.’ You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty….the best proof of which lies in the fact that He has saved you” (Morning and Evening, Jan. 14).
Consider the saving power of Christ in your own life, and with marveling faith, bring your prayers for the soul of your child to the throne of God today—right now!