Amazingly the promise in Acts 16:31 was not made to a seasoned saint but to an unsaved man on the verge of suicide. God had just responded to the praise of Paul and Silas by sending an earthquake that shook open the doors of the prison in which they were held. Assuming the prisoners had escaped, the Philippian jailer was about to kill himself.
"But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, 'Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.' Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' So they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household'" (Acts 16:28-31).
If a man just introduced to the faith could receive this divine commitment, how much more those who have fought the good fight of faith for years! We who believe have a legal right to claim our families for the kingdom, for the King has pledged, "I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children" (Isa. 49:25). Salvation means deliverance, so God is promising to deliver our children.
Pray the following prayer for your child, inserting his/her name in the blank, and believe that God will be faithful to His promise. Lord, based on these promises I claim salvation for my child. I believe You will contend with any satanic force that may be contending with our family. You are the God of an army of angels that have been "sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Heb. 1:14, KJV). So dispatch them, Lord, to protect and defend my child. I pray You will save ______________ from the deception of this world and grant him/her all the benefits of salvation. In the name of Jesus, amen (let it be so)!
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