Are you tired of making excuses for the powerlessness of God? For example, your teen doesn’t do life in the God-fearing way that you raised him/her from the time they were little. You comfort yourself with, “When he is more mature…he will come back to God…to what he was taught.” Yet…He moves into adulthood and begins living out his poor example in front of his own children.
So, you say, “Well…he/she has choice.” Or “God has an overarching plan that we don’t understand.” Meanwhile…whole generations are being wrongly influenced…lost…not really living.
Whole generations are not living. They have continued to make poor choices, despite the prayers of moms and dads…sisters, brothers and friends.
We move helplessly forward, repeating our belief that, “Each person has choice…God will not override our choices.”
But then…what happens to a promise like:
“I will give them a heart to know me, for I am the Lord; and they will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with their whole heart.” Jeremiah 24:7
“The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.” Deuteronomy 30:6
These verses prove the heart of God, not just toward the Israelites of old, but toward us and our descendants…the ones He loves and for whom He cares!
Remember, our loved ones (or friends) may not be asking for a cleaned-up perspective but we are asking for them! Then…why do their poor choices consistently seem to outweigh our prayers?
26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Priscilla Shirer says about this verse, “This is a heart that is tender and alive again…beating and responsive again – engaged again – able to believe again!”
Isn’t this what we long for ourselves and…for those we love?
Do you see it? God isn’t saying, “You have to do this for yourself.” He is saying, “I will…I will…I will.”
Granted, we have loved ones who are not choosing God’s ways. But when they continue to choose poorly, surely our continual mantra should not be, “He/she has choice, so…God will not override his/her choice.”
We all know that there are those who have hardened their own hearts. But are we aiding some hard hearts by our lack of faith-filled…Scripture infused prayer? Do we spend more time asking God for their redemption than we do trying to find something new to say or do to “help them” (or manipulate them) to choose God?
There are times we take one terrible defeat that we have experienced with one person who did harden his heart and we drag that defeat into the next experience we have where someone is making poor (even terrible) decisions. Once again, we say… “He has choice.” Are we then accepting defeat after defeat in the lives of those we love and then making excuses for the powerlessness of God and why He didn’t (couldn’t) do a work in their lives?
Surely something is wrong.
Perhaps we should quit fretting or trying so hard to convince the obstinate…sin-stubborn ones in our lives and get on our knees…again and again. First about our own sin of neglect and our poor example and then for the heart of the one we love. Oh yes, I know, we have prayed. But, can we honestly compare the time we have tried to convince them (or fretted over them) to the time we have spent on our knees praying God’s word for them?
Remember, His word increases our faith to pray with hope rather than with hearts weak with hopelessness. His word enables us and equips us to pray with fervent faith.
What would happen, if every time we thought of one more thing to say or do to help our loved one “see the light”…we saw that as a signal to stop what we are doing and pray these (and other) Scriptures for them? What would happen if every time that sick feeling, that awful gnawing hits us…we recognized our alarm as the alarm sending us to our knees to pray God’s almighty, powerful word on their behalf?
What would happen if this kind of faith-filled, Scripture-infused prayer was part of our morning routine?
I have begun. Want to join me?
I want to see God…
Change the Generations!