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People tend to lose faith when they don’t practice it every day of their life. There are other reasons why our world appears to be less and less religious. Growing greed, a preoccupation with pleasure, forces from a secular media, the declining of family ties, growing immorality and the list is goes on and on.
I often contemplate of the Bible’s picture of the last days: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful … lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2,4).
At the same time, God is still at laboring today, and in many portions of the world people are coming to Christ in record numbers. Only Christ can content the deepest longings of the human heart, and only He can adjust our lives and give us hope for the future.
Now you ask, “What shall I do?” Pray for them. Jesus spend a lot of time praying. Don’t you presume at least some of His prayers were dedicated to praying for the lost? In the Lord’s Prayer of John 17, Jesus prayed for Himself, His disciples and Future believers. Pray for your parents on a continual basis and ask God to help you reach out to them.
In Mark 11:24 we read “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Verse 23 speaks of mountains removed and difficulties cleared away. Sugarcoating won’t do. Advising won’t do. We must have reality, the real working of our God. We must know God. We must be able to go in and converse with God. We must be able to know the mind of God toward us, so that ALL our petitions are always on the line of His will.
Be a model to them by applying what Jesus said: “You are the light of the world. … Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16). They should see Jesus through you.
In His service,