Hayes’ Comment/Question/Discussion: This I cannot document but I believe it based on faith, experience and the scripture Matthew 18:10, For I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Experience has shown me that children of Christian parents walk a shorter leash than others. By this I mean, they get by with less, they get caught quicker. It seems the “hound of heaven” is after them. Many who work with prisoners and teen-challenge-type facilities will testify that most of the youth in trouble who seek help do so because they have someone praying for them.
I see this as being what God talks about in Ps. 89:30-33, If his sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes, if they violate my decrees and fail to keep my commands, I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. I do not believe my faith will guarantee my son’s salvation, but I believe he will have to walk a mighty rough path in order to go to hell. I have mothers who really believe their children will be saved because they “have been raised right,” claiming Prov. 22:6,7 as a promise.
But I can’t make a that choice for my child. He is the one who has to surrender his will to the Lord. There is never a time to give up. Continue in prayer. Surrender that loved one to Jesus. Do not be an enabler. Do not pray for specific action which might be in direct opposition to what God has planned for your child.
I remember several times when I would hear my mother pray for me. She generally said something regarding the mission field on the other side of the world. I guess that was the most extreme thing that she would be willing to bear. Her will for me was that I would be a nurse. She didn’t get that either. But when she got a teacher out of me, it suited her to a tee.
God’s path was right.