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Series: Luis Palau | Leading your Child to Jesus

On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis talks about a group that was always on his heart – children. He had a great desire to reach kids with the love of Jesus and the Good News of salvation. 

Praying for Salvation with Children Friday, May 28, 2021

The best way I know to help your child commit their life to Jesus Christ is to bow your heads in prayer. Here is a suggested prayer: “Heavenly Father, I want to be a Christian. I realize my sins have separated me from You. Please forgive me. I believe what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross. I don’t completely understand it, but I accept it by faith. Please come into my life, Lord Jesus, and make me Your child right now. I’ll follow You and obey You forever. Amen.”

When leading your child in prayer, explain you’ll say one phrase of the prayer at a time. Then they can repeat that phrase out loud after you. Emphasize that the prayer is to God, not you. Allow your child to pray in their own words, if they wish.

After you finish praying together, ask several questions to help your child clarify the decision they have just made. Then celebrate that decision! Give your child opportunities to share the joy of their decision with family and Christian friends.

To help your child look back on that decision, encourage them to write it down in their Bible. It’s good for them to write the date, a statement such as “Today I gave my life to Jesus Christ,” and their name. You may want to make a separate record in your own Bible. It will be a great day to remember!

This is Andrew Palau.

Understand and Believe Thursday, May 27, 2021

No one can inherit faith. It’s not enough to say, “My mother was a wonderful Christian and I was brought up in a good Christian home.” That will not get anyone into God’s family.

Does your child understand and believe what Jesus Christ did for them on the cross? The Bible says, in 1 Peter 3:18, that “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” When the Lord Jesus died on the cross, He conquered death so each of us may be forgiven. We deserve to be punished for the wrong we have done in God’s eyes. But God sent His Son to receive our punishment in His body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24).

It is like a judge finding a prisoner guilty, taking the prisoner’s place, and receiving the sentence himself. What magnificent love!

Your child may not completely understand how God places the penalty for their sin on His Son. That’s okay. Doesn’t God simply ask us to respond to Him based on what we do know?

The final step is to commit one’s life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In every way, what a great Savior!

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Died for the Children Wednesday, May 26, 2021

When we talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our children, what should our focus be? Initially, it should be that God is our heavenly Father. He is perfect and loves us with an everlasting love.

Then, the issue of sin needs to be addressed. Scripture often speaks of God’s love and our sin in the same breath. Romans 5:8 tells us that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

To experience God’s love, our children must own up to those things in their lives that hurt Him—selfishness, stealing, lying, and all the rest. They need to see that “the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23. They need to learn that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.

The aim is to show children that Jesus voluntarily took our sins on Himself. Here’s a simple illustration: Place an object in your right hand, explaining that the object represents all our sins. When Jesus died on the cross, God took our sins and laid them on His Son. Then place the object in your left hand. Where are those sins now? They’re on Jesus, not me. What good news for children of all ages. I never get tired of it, I tell you!

This is Luis Palau.

Children Need the Gospel Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Leading your child to Jesus Christ doesn’t happen all in one day. We may have the privilege of introducing the Lord to our children over a period of several years. There’s so much to talk about and discover together.

What’s more, the influence of a godly parent cannot be overestimated. Our children need to see the difference that Jesus Christ makes in our lives, and they need to hear the Gospel clearly presented. Otherwise, they may wander away.

My wife, Pat, and I found the best approach for teaching about the Lord Jesus is to start at the beginning and proceed chronologically. First, God loves us and entered the human race, born of the virgin Mary. He was named Jesus, the Savior.

As a man, Jesus traveled about healing the sick and feeding the hungry. He demonstrated to the multitudes who God really is. They marveled at the power of His teaching and at the holiness of His life. Nevertheless, Jesus was betrayed, crucified, and buried. Three days later He rose from the dead, and a few weeks later returned to heaven. According to 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. [It’s very Good News in every way!]

This is a very simple way to present the Gospel. Our children need to know it, love it, and pass it on to others.

This is Luis Palau.

Your Children Monday, May 24, 2021

Did you know life’s most crucial curriculum is taught in the home? In the average year, the typical child may spend 1 percent of their time in church, 16 percent in school, but much of the remaining 83 percent in and around the home.

Do children somehow become real Christians by osmosis? It doesn’t happen that way! God has no grandchildren. We need to actively, prayerfully encourage our children to come to Jesus. Yet I’ve met sincere people who say, “I was born into a Christian family” or “I’ve been a Christian all my life.”
As parents and also as grandparents, we need to dispel our children’s misconceptions about what it means to be a Christian. We also need to demonstrate that we deeply care whether they make a genuine commitment to Jesus Christ. We can’t make that decision for them, but we can have an active part in leading our sons and daughters to faith in Jesus Christ.

The Lord longs to welcome children into His family. “Let the little children come to me,” Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” What very good news, indeed!

This is Luis Palau.

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