When we’re tempted by the enemy to disobey God, it’s helpful to consider our individual sins’ impact on our entire families. Like a stack of dominoes, my failure can lead to difficult temptations for my family. When we’re getting hammered by the enemy, so are our kids. Even though our kids are now adults, it seems to affect them, too. What can help in those tough times is to pray for our kids and to encourage them to pray for us, too. Frequently, that’s what it takes to lift the heavy cloud of sin and doubt. It’s been said that our enemy’s greatest fear is to see Christians on their knees in prayer. Parents, fight the good fight—not only for yourself, but for your dear kids. “The Lord is near to all who call on him” (Psalm 145:18 ESV).

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Suggested Reading: Psalm 145:18, 1 Chronicles 16:11