SALVATION FOR YOUR FAMILY
PASTOR RICHARD CARR
After today, you are going to be able to pray for people in your family and youíre going to pray with confidence and great assurance. It doesnít matter how bad it looks, once you get finished praying these scriptures, you will have the assurance of someone in your family coming into the kingdom.
Turn to Psalms 72:1-4, "Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the kingís son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor." David is praying that his son Solomon will be able to bring peace to the people, itís the glory. The reason why we want people to come into the kingdom, is so that they will know what peace is like. When you are in the world, there is a peace. A lot of people are very happy in the world, to a degree they have peace, but they will never know what the glory of God is until they receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and they have that true peace. This is why David is praying this for Solomon to bring that peace to the people. Verse 4, "He shall judge the poor of the peopleÖ." Over in Matthew 5:3 it says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." There are people in your neighborhood who are poor in spirit. They donít know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Itís up to you to bring it to them. Verse 4, "Ö.he shall save the children of the needyÖ" In other words, he shall save the children of the saved. So when you pray for someone in your family, I donít care where they are or what it looks like, here is a promise. "Ö.and shall break in pieces the oppressor." Heís going to stop the plan of Satan over that personís life. Many of you have children and you know what itís like when they have walked away from the Lord. In the natural right now, some of you are looking at situations that seem impossible because of the oppressor has your child so bound up. But the word of God says, he shall break in pieces the oppressor. It could be that your child is bound up with drugs, alcohol, sexual perversion but whatever he is oppressed with, God is going to find a way somehow and somewhere he going to bring someone into his path and break that thing over his life. He will use you as the head of your family. Donít you let go of your children no matter how bad it looks. This is your promise.
Go to John 16:23, "And in that day (Day of Pentecost) ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." So you approach God in the name of Jesus because Jesus paid the price. Whatever you go to the Father with, through Jesus, he said he will give it to you. Verse 24, "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." To me, this would mean if I had someone in my family that was not saved, donít you think he will give it to you. He didnít say what the condition of that child was. "If you will ask", you must stand in the gap and pray for your family. It doesnít say for your uncle to do it. It says you ask and you will receive. Youíre the one praying for your family and you will bring them in.
Hereís another promise in Psalms 90:16, "Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children." What do you think God and Jesusí work is? Donít you think itís bringing people to him. So when youíre standing in for your family, he will bring them to himself, but he needs you to pray. God will bring salvation to you and he will also bring glory to your children. So your children are going to be saved if you pray for this.
Turn to Psalms 102:28, "The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee." "The children" is your children. Youíre the servants. You and your children are going to continue and "their seed," your childrenís seed. Once the father receives Jesus and his Lord and Savior, he starts something that will not stop until all the children come into the kingdom. This is very powerful. Thatís why you have to continue to pray and not give up. Your children are going to come into the kingdom of God if you will stand in the gap for them and not give up.
Another scripture is Psalms 115:13-14, "He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children." This is talking about Godís blessings upon your families. Some are saying, I havenít been increased, but your life is not over yet. If youíre in Godís kingdom you will be increased more and more. Not only you but your children also. I donít know when but theyíre going to come in "if" you pray for them. Thatís the condition.
Psalms 127:3, "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward." When children are brought into Godís kingdom, they are not only your but they are his also.
Go to Isaiah 49:15-17, "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." When a woman raises and nurtures a child, that child could be strung out on drugs and done the worst thing in life, but she will never forget him. She will always have that compassion on her children. Itís different for a father. He loves his children but not the way a mother loves her children. Verse 16, "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." You are tattooed into the palm of Godís hand. Verse 17, "Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee." Isaiah 49:25, "But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children." No matter what your child is into, Godís going to contend with the enemy. God is telling you today to pray and let him contend with the enemy. "I will save thy children"Öthat is your promise.
Isaiah 54:13, "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." God sees things that we donít see. He sees that final outcome of people in your family. In the natural you can say youíve been praying for your son or daughter for 25 years and theyíre getting worse. Godís promise says, Iím going to bring them into the kingdom.
Hebrews 10:35-36 says, "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." Is your confidence down today about someone in your family? It just doesnít look good? God is telling you today that your confidence has a great reward. Donít you give up. You must hold on; you must have patience. Every promise that we have gone over this morning, if you would pray those over your family, and we will see later on itís not just your immediate family, you have to stand in the gap for them. Mark 9:23, "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Itís up to you, can you believe in spite of what you see today.
Exodus 12:3, this is the first Passover that the Israelites ever had. "Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house." In other words, who is the lamb? Jesus. The lamb is going to save everyone in your house. But you have to take it through prayer. Itís Godís intention that everyone in your household be saved.
Genesis 7:1, "And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation." God wants families into the kingdom of God. Why did God say this? This was the worst generation God ever had on earth. But heís talking about the generation your family is going to have in the future. Genesis 6:7,9, "And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man and beast and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them." Verse 9, "These are the generations of Noah; Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God." Now you can understand why he said over in Gen 7:1, I have seen the righteous before me in this generation. Noahís children became righteous because of Noah.
2 Peter 2:5, "And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly." If God spared the eighth person, this must have meant the first seven were saved also.
Genesis 19:29, "And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt." Lot was Abrahamís nephew, but because of Abrahamís intercession, God saved Lot. God destroyed the whole city, but took Lot out.
Jeremiah 31:16-17, talks about hope in God. "Thus saith the Lord, Refrain thy voice from weeping and thine eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border."
Acts 16:31 talks about the Philippian jailer. "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved, and thy house."
2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
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