I cannot have enough faith for two or more people. Neither can you. Before you get upset, hear me out. I can pray. I can be an example. I can speak, teach, and be salt and light to those I see every day. I can have faith that God, who began a good work in them will bring it to completion (Phil. 1:6). What I cannot do is have enough faith to bring that person to the same place in their walk with God that I am in mine. I cannot by my own faith make that person want a deeper relationship with God, drop that bad habit, go to church more, pray more, or a whole list of other things that would be obvious to me would make them a “better” Christian. If only I could have enough faith.
Let me clarify a little right here. I am not talking about those we know who are lost, unsaved people. I am talking about those who say they are a child of God, but maybe it seems like they just don’t have that passion for Him. There doesn’t really seem to be any growth, any spiritual maturity, any fruit in their lives.
What I am realizing is that all of those things I mentioned above are good, loving things to pray for someone, but I can’t pray those things because I want them to happen. That is me trying to put my faith into their hearts, my will into their lives. I must learn to pray God’s will for their lives, to pray that God would work in them according to His timetable, not mine.
We often quote Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” If I am praying that God would work in their lives to give them the same faith that I have, to the point that I am at, I am in fact probably praying AGAINST His purpose! God is faithful and loving. He knows the intents of the heart better than I ever could. He knows exactly where each of us are and what is needed to bring us closer to Him.
So now understanding this, I will intentionally pray that God will put His desire for His purpose and His plan into the hearts of loved ones on His timetable and according to His will. I will love them, encourage them, pray for them, and serve in any way with my whole heart. My faith I will keep between me and God, where He can work in me according to His purpose.
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