Field Notes – 21/7/F
Five things to tell Christian parents whose children are living prodigal lifestyles.
- Pray explicitly for your children’s salvation.
- Pray God will surround your children with strong Christian friends.
- Pray God will do what it takes to bring your children to Himself.
- Pursue your children with God’s Word.
- Be loving yet firm with your children.
“In many debates we need more options than either/or & both/and. Often the truth is “both X and Y but mostly Y”. So how about: both/and/but?” (David Shaw)
The August issue of Evangelicals Now is now out. An online subscription is a bargain at £10 a year.
“As slaves in Egypt for over 400 years, the Israelites worked seven days a week, 365 days a year. Their parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and great-great grandparents existed for only one reason – to work. They never stopped. They never rested. They never delighted.” (Peter Scazzero)
“I often ask Christians to evaluate their situation with regard to prayer by using a metaphor. Imagine that your soul is a boat, a boat with both oars and a sail.
In this case here are four questions:
Are you “sailing”? Sailing means you are living the Christian life with the wind at your back.
Are you “rowing”? Rowing means you are finding prayer and Bible reading to be more a duty than a delight.
Are you “drifting”? Drifting means that you are experiencing all the conditions of rowing – spiritual dryness and difficulties in life. But in response, instead of rowing, you are letting yourself drift.
Are you “sinking”? Eventually your boat, your soul, will drift away from the shipping lanes, as it were – and truly lose any forward motion in the Christian life.
Prayer is rowing, and sometimes it is like rowing in the dark – you won’t feel that you are making any progress at all. Yet you are, and when the winds rise again, and they surely will, you will sail again before them.”
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