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Our children need to see the power of God

If our children do not see the power of God, they will not believe him. So we pray daily that they will see the power of our Lord.

Moses prayed in Psalm 90, “Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.”

How will we and they see his power?

  • By seeing God’s mighty acts of redemption accomplished in history. The generation following those who had walked through the Red Sea had not seen the Exodus. Yet, Moses told that generation to tell their children in the first person plural, “We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt. And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes” (Deuteronomy 6:21-22). In 2016, we have not seen God’s historical saving acts with our own physical eyes. We did not see the Red Sea part. We did not see the crucifixion. We did not see Jesus come forth from the grave. But we have seen God’s redemption accomplished before our eyes through the testimony of his witnesses. Our children will see the glorious power of God as we recount how Christ has purchased redemption before our eyes.
  • By seeing the Lord’s redemption applied to people today, especially in conversion. Paul was “not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:17). God powerfully works in many ways today, but our children especially need to see God’s glorious power saving souls. It is wonderful to tell the truth of our Lord’s salvation and to see various expressions of his power. Yet, it is sealed to us and to our children in a fresh way when they pray for those who are far off, hear them confess Jesus as Lord for the first time by the power of the Holy Spirit, watch the waters of baptism drip from the head of a new convert, and see the fruit of new life in Christ.
    May we take no rest in our prayers and abound in our labors until the Lord shows his glorious power to us and to our children!
James Faris

James Faris

Child of God. Husband to Elizabeth. Father of six. Pastor of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ordained as a pastor in 2003.

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