Q. I’ve been freaked out by reports from Europe of the government taking children away from Christian parents for one ridiculous reason or another. I have done what I can to help these people –written letters to the governments involved, spread the word to friends, signed petitions– but I have begun to be afraid that such a thing could happen in the US. This kind of thing is really a parent’s worst nightmare. Is there a Scripture I can use to claim protection over my children in a situation like this?
A. I don’t know of a Scripture reference specific to your concern, but I do know that fear and faith can not exist in the same mind at the same time. Praying for the safety of your children, and against the fear that they’ll be taken from you, with the faith that God hears and answers prayers, should give you peace of mind. In Phil. 4:6-7 Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”