Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Do we ?strive' in prayer for the faith of our family, our church, our community and our country? We should always be in prayer for such things; however, if our prayer is that "misguided" individuals would become more "Christian-like," then we need to take another look at scripture and at our own hearts.
I am reminded of the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. Imagine the love this father has for his son! Although his son had left home with his own agenda, the father set aside time in his day to wait on his son's return. The Lost Son needed to understand his father's love in his own timing, but the father waited expectantly with his finest provisions to celebrate His Son's homecoming. In the same way, God waits lovingly for us and those we love to return from our own agendas so that we may experience His greatest provisions.
So what do we pray for? That those we love would become better Christians? That they will clean up their lives? Why not ask that our Heavenly Father fills those He loves with His Matchless Grace in whatever way He chooses for each of His servants. God is not about practicing religion, but about having a relationship with His children. Let's pray according to His Grace and Love.
The staff and board of
Love in the Name of Christ