Scripture reading for November 10th: Acts 16-18
One of the prayers that I have prayed for my family is that they would all be saved and walk with the Lord during their time on earth. God has been faithful and I am very thankful. All my children are serving the Lord and have a personal walk with Him. A question that comes up from reading about the Philippian jailer is this: does the Bible promise salvation to each person’s entire family? Can I apply this story and the verse about the jailer and his house responding to the Gospel to claim my family?
“But Paul shouted,”Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”. . . . “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” . . “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:28-33
I believe that this record does inspire faith for us to believe God for our entire family to be saved. With faith in God, nothing is impossible. We should ask for the salvation of our family and stand in faith on God’s word. However, when looking at the rest of Scripture, each person must choose to repent and believe on the Lord for himself. God doesn’t make anyone believe! Our prayers keep the door open and invite God to send laborers and draw the person to saving grace.
God doesn’t want anyone to be lost! (1st Timothy 2:4-5) He has done everything necessary to provide salvation for every person. He draws each person by the Holy Spirit. Yet, each person has a free will and must choose his own way or God’s way. Jesus taught that the way of salvation was narrow and few would chose that narrow path. The way of destruction was broad and many would travel on it. (Matthew 7:13-14) Each person in a household must choose to repent and follow Jesus.
Take time to pray that your household will be saved and that the Lord will draw them to Himself! We don’t want to miss out because we aren’t asking in faith!