One generation shall praise Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power.
— Psalm 145:4,11, MEV
I would urge upon fathers and mothers the importance of their home missionary work... It should be your very first burden to see that your own souls are right before God, and to labor for the salvation of your children.
They will make a hedge about them by prayer, pleading in faith that God will abide with them, and that holy angels will guard them from Satan’s cruel power.
If we desire them to love and reverence God, we must make him the theme of our meditations; we must speak of his goodness, his majesty, and his power. If we would have them love and imitate the character of Christ, we must ourselves represent Christ in our homes.
Seek counsel of God in his word; work and pray, pray and work, from the earliest hour of your children’s lives, and believe that God will co-operate with you in every effort to follow the light and instruction he has given.
He will not refuse to hear the parents’ earnest prayer, that is seconded by persevering labor, that their children may be blessed of him, and become faithful workers in his cause. When parents do their duty in God’s appointed way, they may be sure that their requests for his help in their home work will be granted.
If fathers and mothers love the Bible, and talk of the lessons Christ has given; if they love Jesus, and make him the theme of conversation, a heavenly atmosphere will pervade the home.
If the mind dwells upon the perfect life of Christ, and the thoughts and conversation are centered upon him, we shall be changed to the same image.
— Signs of the Times, May 4, 1888
Make a hedge about your children by prayer. Plead that God will abide with them and holy angels will guard them from Satan’s cruel power.
Make God the theme of your meditations. Speak of His goodness, His majesty and His power.
Seek counsel of God in His word. Pray and work, believe that God will co-operate with you in every effort to follow His instructions.
Dwell on the perfect life of Christ. Center the thoughts and conversations on Him.