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The committed parent

October 30, 2009

But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me!"

--Matthew 15:25

It's very difficult to raise children and teens in today's culture. I meet with parents almost every week who are desperate for God to help their sons and daughters find their way back to him. Some are praying for their children to be delivered from the cultural influences that have enslaved them.

I think these parents can empathize with the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15. You see, prior to her encounter with Jesus, she had followed pagan gods. And as a result, it is entirely likely that she had invited all manner of cultural evil into her home. Now her daughter was oppressed and traumatized by a demon.

This mother surely wondered whether she was to blame for her daughter's condition… or if she even deserved God's help. But she came anyway!

If your choices in life have left your children vulnerable to dangerous societal influences, there is hope. Do what this mother in crisis did: Kneel before Jesus and call out, "Lord, help me!" And he will hear the cry of your heart. But don't stop there.

Take your place as spiritual leader in your home, and rise up and embrace a new future for you and your children! Commit yourself to live for Christ Jesus as a household. It begins with you, so be a parent who calls on the name of the Lord.


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