One Jesus-follower can affect the spiritual destiny of family members for many generations. How? Through their testimony and through prayer. Sometimes it’s not possible to share our personal God stories but prayer is always possible. Here are some scriptures we can hang our prayers on. They encourage us to keep praying and believing until our loved ones connect with God.
Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.” After their miraculous release from prison, Paul and Silas spoke these words to the despairing prison official who was on the verge of taking his own life. That night the jailer and his entire household (which probably included servants) believed in Jesus and was baptized.
Acts 2:39 “The promise is to you and to your children and to all who are far off.” Our faith in Christ affects not only our present family but future generations. The promise extends to those who are “far off” in time, distance and lifestyle.
Deuteronomy. 7:9 “God keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” When we pray for our family’s salvation, we enter into partnership with God.
I Corinthians 7:14 “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the believing husband.” One believing member brings God’s blessing to the whole family. We can pray for our spouses, children, parents and others with confidence because we know God’s arms are open wide to receive them.
I John 5:14,15 “this is the confidence we have in God, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us and if he hears us we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
God’s will for every person is that they come to know Him personally. Are you weary of praying for the same people? Remember, your prayers will live on long after you’re gone. The greatest thing you’ll ever do is pray.