Passing your faith in Christ onto your child is your most important role and legacy as a parent. I once heard it said, “that God does not have grand-kids”. That basically means that a relationship with God is a decision each individual must make for his or her self.
Sure attending church regularly, and living your individual faith in Christ in front of your children will influence them in his or her own faith in Christ. You can also be intentional about guiding your children to an understanding of faith in Christ. But in the end each individual has to make his or her own decision about faith in Christ or not.
Since first becoming a dad my prayers have included my children’s safety, my hopes and dreams for them to have a great life. But the most important prayer I pray for my children is that God would lead each of my children into a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
Leading our children to Christ is a faith step in and of itself. Because faith in Christ begins with the movement of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual. The great news is that we get to be a part of the Holy Spirits work in the journey.
On the other side, I have heard parents tell me that they do not want to force a religious belief on their child. They “leave it up” to the child to determine what he or she wants to believe. Well, this is dangerous! It goes against God’s instructions. Checkout Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Here is a resource on how to lead your child to faith in Christ: