"..and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
Eli, in 1 Sam. 2-3, was a priest. He himself was a good man. He also raised Samuel well. But Eli's own sons were very sinful. It says in 1 Sam. 3:13 "I am about to punish his house for ever. For the iniquity which he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them." God judged Eli for not teaching and punishing his sons. It was not enough for Eli to work well for God. God wanted Eli to raise his own sons well.
We, as Christian parents, need to make sure that we are doing all that we can to teach our children the way to live and follow God. So many times here in Zambia children are just left to do whatever they want to do during the day. The parents will not even start disciplining their children until they are around the age of 5. As you can imagine by that time it is too late. Often their form of disciplining is to beat their children to teach them and I'm not talking about spanking. Please pray for Zambians to begin to take an interest in their children and desire for them to follow God and live for Him. Pray that they will take opportunities to teach their children the Word of God.