I agree with Mrs. Becky Bennett 100%. You are not your children’s Holy Spirit. You can, teach, admonish, weep, beg and pray [as you should]; but only God, in his mercy can unlock the sinful heart. We are all, by nature, children of wrath. In the first Adam we all inherit our sinful nature. None is righteous, no not one. Therefore if God is glorified by His just wrath in judgement of the unrepentant, on that day we must submit to the Molder who has supreme rights over the molded. Echo the words of Charles Spurgeon’s mother:
“..I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn words of my good mother. It was the custom on Sunday evenings, while we were yet little children, for her to stay at home with us, and then we sat round the table, and read verse by verse, and she explained the Scriptures to us. After that was done, then came the time of pleading…and the question was asked, how long would it be before we would think about our state, how long before we seek the Lord. Then came a mother’s prayer, and some of the words of that prayer we shall never forget, even when our hair is grey. I remember on one occasion, her praying thus: ‘Now, Lord, if my children go on in their sins, it will not be from ignorance that they perish, and my soul must bear a swift witness against them at the day of judgement if they lay not hold of Christ.’ That thought of a mother’s bearing swift witness against me, pierced my conscience, and stirred my heart….
The idea of the glorification of God at the eternal punishment of an unrepentant sinner is awful to contemplate. The thought of bearing witness against one of our own, who has heard the gospel and hardened their heart, is even harder still. But on that day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess; either in commendation [well done good and faithful servant] or condemnation [depart from me I never knew you]. And those who are no longer under condemnation will affirm God’s goodness in all things; salvation and judgement.
Certainly I have not the powers of speech with which to set forth my valuation of the choice blessing which the Lord bestowed upon me in making me the son of one who prayed for me, and prayed with me. How can I ever forget her tearful eye when she warned me to escape from the wrath to come?…How can I ever forget when she bowed her knee, and with her arms about my neck, prayed, ‘Oh, that my son might live before Thee!’
Parents: beg, plead and pray for and with your children and glorify God in it knowing:
Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (27) And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (28) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.