We can’t close our eyes to the reality of the spiritual attack assaulting our teenagers. The enemy knows the church is where the gospel is sown into our kids’ hearts, we experience the Spirit’s power, and we receive knowledge of God. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14) Just as God used the preaching of the Word to bring me to salvation, our kids need the Bible’s truth and godly leadership.
Our teens’ resistance to church can expose hearts that have hardened to God as well. If you sense this is your child, place them in God’s hands. Call on the Spirit to open their ears and eyes to the reality of God. Pray scriptures over your son or daughter, such as:
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. (Jeremiah 24:7)
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord… (Acts 3:19)
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Prayer changes things! Take your frustration and fears for your teen to God in prayer.
We love our kids and want them to receive every good thing life has to offer. The gift of church is priceless—we’re eager for our teens to receive it with joy. Until that day, we can offer grace, patience, and hope as we trust the Lord to do his perfect work in their lives.
Joanna Teigen and her husband Rob have shared over 25 years of marriage and life with five kids, plus a beautiful daughter-in-law. They’re a neat-freak married to a mess, an explorer to a homebody, and an introvert to a ‘people person.’ But they agree their vows are for always, children are a gift, and prayer is powerful. Joanna is the co-author of Mr. and Mrs., 366 Devotions for Couples, A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son, and a variety of other resources for couples and parents. She looks forward to meeting you at GrowingHomeTogether.com.
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