We imagine, like us, you desire to leave a spiritual legacy for your family and see your children making their faith their own. But it can be so tough to navigate how to do that well, all while releasing control and trusting God.
Today, we have the opportunity to welcome our guest Ray Pritchard, president of Keep Believing Ministries. Ray has written 31 books, is a co-host on Today’s Issues on American Family Radio, and was a pastor for 26 years to churches in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago. To us, however, he is just “Pastor Ray,” from the time he was our pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL.
Today, Ray shares with us:
- His own journey of faith and how God helped Ray and his wife identify how to lead a home filled with faith
- The importance of abiding in Christ each and every day
- Practical ways to help you leave a legacy of faith that extends for generations
- What it looks like to truly trust God’s faithfulness
- How to handle seasons when your children are struggling with church or faith
- Why prayer is the most powerful tool we have in our toolbox
- And so much more!
We hope this episode is an encouragement to your heart this week.
1) We can trust God to take care of our kids. Ray had a powerful statement here. He said, “I do not have to be alive in order for God to take care of my kids. It doesn’t depend on me.” Our God is so faithful, and we can rest in that truth.
2) It’s good to grow as a parent. You don’t have to beat yourself up for growth you had yet to do as you look back on how you approached various situations as your children were growing up. Apologize genuinely whenever necessary, and recognize that parenting is a challenging journey that should lead to growth in each of us.
3) It’s your job to set the foundation for faith for your kids. It’s not your job to control the outcome. Like Ray shares with us, there isn’t a way to guarantee that our children will take our faith and make it their own. However, we can be consistent in raising them in the truth of God’s Word, and then trust God with their life.
4) Prayer is our greatest weapon. This is so important. Our children may drift from the faith. They may not want to hear truth or Scripture. Even so, we can always pray and that is the most powerful tool we have in our toolbox.
Meet Our Guest
Ray Pritchard is president of Keep Believing Ministries that includes a national preaching ministry, outreach to China, and other goodwill efforts. For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago. Among his books are “Fire and Rain: The Wild-Hearted Faith of Elijah, He’s God and We’re Not, ” and “In the Shadow of the Cross.” Ray and his wife have three sons and live in Tupelo, Mississippi.