It's all too normal for children who grow up "in the church" to get bored and dull and indifferent to the great and glorious truths of the gospel. It seems all-too-easy for them to become more anesthetized than sensitized to the gospel they so regularly hear.
It is true that there is no magic formula or silver bullet solution that will keep this from happening. It is equally true that there is much we can do to guard against it (e.g. by dealing with our own boredom and dullness and indifference!). But it is ultimately true that only God can make hard hearts soft. Only God can replace hearts of stone with hearts of flesh. So we must pray.
I've put this request in my prayer book:
That our children here would not be anesthetized to the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but that they would be sensitized to it.Would you put it in yours, too?