by Benny Hinn (Used with permission)
God has promised that the enemy will not prevail against you or your family.
Jeremiah 1:19 says, “And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.”
Look at Isaiah 49:24-25: “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” (emphasis mine). God will fight for you and your family. He will save your children!
I have taught on this subject many times, including in my book Lamb of God, because the eternal destination of your loved ones is at stake! The principle of salvation for your household is clearly given throughout the Bible. We must claim God’s promises for our families.
George Mueller, a man whose life was built on prayer, once said: “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer; and further we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us, and will answer our prayers.”
God will answer your prayers! He established the family from the beginning, as expressed in Genesis 1:27-28:
- So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air; and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God loves the family. He wants your family to be saved.
One Passover Lamb Offered for Each House
Exodus 12:3-4 points to an amazing principle foretold during the Passover then fulfilled through the Lamb of God:
- Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
From the first Passover, God’s intention was for a lamb to be sacrificed for each house, not a lamb for each person. The shed blood was to cover every person in the household, it wasn’t just the father, but fathers. It was not just the mother, but mothers. The protection included uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Certainly, every person in the household had the free choice of whether to stay in the house which was protected by the blood, just as each individual in a house has free will to decide whether to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour. However, it is God’s will to save the entire household. And this principle did not start with the Passover. Even back in Genesis 7:1, the Bible declares, “And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”
In Joshua 24:15, we read:
- And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (emphasis mine)
Acts 16:14-15 shares the story of Lydia, a new believer in Jesus:
- A seller of purple, of the city of Thyatiro, which worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, if ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. (emphasis mine)
Recorded later in that same chapter, the Philippian jailer became not only a new believer but also witnessed the miracle of household salvation:
- Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (Acts 16:30-34, emphasis mine)
Acts 18:8 shares a similar account: “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.” (emphasis mine).
Because of the principle of a lamb for a house, you have the legal right to claim every member of your family for Christ. The promise is yours. There is an umbrella of grace over you and your household.
When you become a believer, those closest to you cannot help but see the change that begins to happen supernaturally. They may run from the blood. They may scoff at its results. But you can win them to Christ because of the grace of God that rests on your household through the blood of the Lamb.
How do I know? I believe in this revelation with my whole heart because I have experienced the power of prayer for “me and my house.” After I surrendered my heart and life to Jesus Christ, I prayed diligently for my family. Household salvation is a reality that I experienced personally, for I had the privilege of bringing every one of my family members to our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ. My sister Mary was the first one to give her heart to the Lord. And I will never forget the earnest prayer that my brother Sammy prayed as a little boy when he surrendered his heart to Jesus Christ. With simplicity and heartfelt sincerity, he prayed, “Jesus, come into my heart. Lock Yourself in, and throw away the key.” Next came Willie, Henry, Chris, Rosie, and Mikey – one by one my entire family was born again, including my precious mother and father!
Hallelujah for this wonderful promise and provision that was revealed through the Passover and fulfilled at the Cross!
Time after time God has demonstrated His amazing, mighty power toward “me and my house.” If God can rescue my family, He can do the same for you!
Intercession for Your Family
Each person in your family has free choice. Ultimately, each is responsible to God for the decision to accept or reject His simple plan of salvation. Though you cannot decide for your loved ones, you can intercede that God will draw them to Himself. You can pray that they will hear Him knocking at their heart’s door and will open that door to Him.
You can make a difference for your family. You can stand in the gap, as taught in Ezekiel 22:30: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
The courts of heaven are higher and greater than the courts of hell, and the law of God is greater than the law of Satan. When you pray, God says to the devil, “Let the one who is bound go!” and the devil must obey. Prayer destroys Satan’s power. God has given you mighty authority as a believer. No name is greater than the name of Jesus.
As a believer, you have incredible spiritual power and authority given to you by Jesus Christ: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
Martin Luther the great Reformer said, “None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience.” If you lack experience praying for your family, pray! Pray without ceasing.
Pray with faith in God’s promises for salvation of your household. As you take your authority through the mighty name of Jesus and bind the spirit of unbelief, the light of the glorious Gospel will shine upon your loved ones, drawing them to the Saviour and even rescuing them from destruction.
You cannot stop praying. Prayer is powerful! Prayer establishes God’s plans. When we pray, God will respond. He loves your family even more than you do, so much so that He sent His Son to die for them. And He wants to save your household!
Excerpted in part from the book Lamb of God by Benny Hinn. Used with permission