My heart is burdened for the salvation of my children. As I read Scripture, I am convinced of God’s absolute control over the affairs of this life. This control includes the salvation of my children, for it is He who opens and hardens hearts:
Exodus 4:21 And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
Joshua 11:20 For it was the LORD’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
Acts 16:13-15 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
Romans 9:18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
Does this mean that I give up? Do I despair in my own inability to save my children? The Scripture doesn’t permit me to sit idle; neither does it allow me to hide my light under a basket (Matthew 5:16). As an ambassador of Christ and a steward of His gospel, I must proclaim the good news for in it resides the power of God to open hearts and save sinners (Romans 1:16). I bow my knees in prayer and plead with the God of the universe to open the hearts of the unsaved so that they can understand the gospel. I must not shrink back in shame; rather, I must boldly proclaim God’s solution to man’s most serious problem. Satan hates the gospel and seeks to destroy those who proclaim it. Don’t give him opportunity. Resist the Devil, draw the sword of God’s word (Ephesians 6:17), march triumphantly through the gates of Hell, and proclaim the good news of Christ to those who are held captive to do Satan’s will. For when you do, Satan will flee and you will observe God’s power to save sinners and destroy the works of the devil.