Another guest blog on this week’s challenge – to pray for someone who next week we’re going to share the gospel with. Today an anonymous youth pastor talks about the apparent unfairness of how God answers our prayers for friends and family…
Growing up I used to look at the other Christian kids in church standing next to their dads in worship. His hand ruffling their hair, looking down with pride and silently mouthing ‘I love you.’ Then I would look up into the void where my Dad should have been, next to my Mum…
…but he wasn’t there, he was at home, watching telly.
You see, my dad isn’t a Christian. And this upsets me, I know that if he was attacked and killed by a gorilla that had escaped from a travelling circus, he would be in hell.
Its not without trying. My mum is one of the most faithful intercessor pray-ers I know and not a day goes by where she doesn’t pray for my dad’s soul. And I pray too, I pray that my dad becomes the man that God called him to be, to achieve full potential in Christ, to flourish under the undeserved grace we have been given.
But alas, nothing.
As I started university, I met this bloke. We had the same interests enjoyed a healthy banter over rival football teams and he quickly became my best friend. But he wasn’t a Christian and didn’t really get the whole faith thing. I remember uttering a prayer at a prayer meeting, ‘Thank you Lord for Simon, he’s a great friend and a really blessing, shame he’s not a Christian.’ Somehow this half-baked, whispered prayer, sent the Angel SAS into action and:
within 1 year he was serving in the youth group,
within 2 years, attending the soul survivor festival,
within 3 years regularly attending church,
within 4 years leading s small group
and in the 5th year I baptized him
So why is it that the half-baked whispered prayers for my friend should result in God moving, but the cries and pleads for my dad still go apparently unanswered?
I could give up, decide that my God has deemed my Dad to be a pointless cause. Yet Jeremiah 29:11 it says … ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
And that’s why I keep praying, I place my dad in that verse…
‘For I know the plans I have for your dad, declares the LORD, plans to prosper your dadand not to harm your dad, plans to give your dad hope and a future.’
So I wont stop praying, because one day I believe and I know, that the Angels will be having a massive party, the day I baptize my Dad.
The writer is a youth pastor in England. He wishes to remain anonymous.