Whether it’s their first day of kindergarten or their first semester away at college, raising a child is an exercise in trust. Ultimately, it is the Holy Spirit who must work in the lives of our children, so we must trust the Lord, praying fervently but always with faith that God is at work.

Read John 4:46-54. This is an account of a father’s love for his son and his faith in Jesus to save that son. This father knew about Jesus, and when he heard that the Lord had come up to Galilee from Judea, he went to meet Him.

When the man, a royal official, first found Jesus in the town of Cana, he had crisis faith. His son was lying at home, sick; he was a desperate father in need of Jesus’ mercy. Believers who have experienced these moments of crisis with their children know this kind of faith. But Jesus doesn’t want our faith to end there.

The man asked Jesus to come to his home and heal his son, but Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, . . . you will never believe” (4:48)—not exactly the response the official was hoping for. But crisis faith, if it’s truly centered on Jesus, gives way to continuing faith when tested.

The royal official wouldn’t take no for an answer, and he pressed Jesus again. “Go; your son will live,” Jesus told him. Far from home, he could not check on his son or make a quick phone call. All he could do was rest in his faith in the Lord. He had confident faith that Jesus would keep His promise.

It’s not until the official reached home the next day that his confident faith was transformed into confirmed faith. His faith became sight, and his joy overflowed. Quickly, this confirmation of the Lord’s work in his son’s life became contagious faith. The official found out that his son had begun to recover at precisely the time Jesus said he would. As a result, “he and his whole household believed” (v. 53).

Our heavenly Father loves the next generation in ways we cannot even imagine. We can trust Him with our children. So as you pray, pray in faith. Even if you can muster only crisis faith at the moment, Jesus can work it into contagious faith that will pour out of your heart and affect everyone you love—even the young people for whom you’re praying.

Prayer: Lord, You love my children far more than I ever could. Help me to entrust them to You. When I’m experiencing crisis faith, turn it into confident, contagious faith in You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“So he and his whole household believed” (John 4:53).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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