Matthew 17

“Jesus said…bring the boy to me” (verse 17)

As a parent/grandparent, I find this verse to be wonderfully encouraging…because I believe Jesus still heals – albeit physical, emotional or spiritual. What happened in this narrative when the father took his son to Jesus, can still be realized when we go to God in prayer.

So to give you a little jump-start, here are a few life scenarios with accompanying directives from God’s Word. If any of them resonate, look up the scriptural reference and tuck it away in your heart.

When expecting a child (Jeremiah 1:5), when wanting well-rounded children (Luke 2:52), when your kids are sick (3 John 2), when they need salvation (Matthew 18:14), when concerned for their future (Jeremiah 29:11), when making tough decisions (Proverbs 3:5,6), when concerned for their safety (Job 1:9), when there is need for forgiveness (Mark 11:25), when there is need for restoration (Malachi 4:5,6), when they hurt you (Psalm 34:17,18), when you are tempted to give up (Lamentations 2:19) and when they need to come back to God (2 Timothy 2:25;26).

As it concerns prodigals, there are few stories more heart-warming than that of Frank. The son of a minister, this young man developed early on the reputation of a rebel. Not to be deterred, his mom and dad prayed and claimed scripture on his behalf. Today Ruth and Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, serves as the head of Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child) and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – two mission organizations that are impacting people’s lives around the world.

Let’s bring our kids to Jesus.