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Christ’s message is a simple one:
God loves us. He is offering his gift of grace (spiritual learning) through Jesus that we might raise to a level of obedience which is acceptable in His holy presence in heaven. God’s will is done in heaven and He wishes to prepare us for that day. God simply asks us to provide the willingness to receive the skills that are required to build our relationship with Him.
A prayer of re-birth needs to be understandable:
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask your forgiveness through Jesus to be forgiven of my sin where I have placed my self-centeredness ahead of your will. I give to you my entire existence, my hopes, my dreams, and my ambitions. Please be my “Lord” who is the One in charge and have “your will” become my motivator for the remainder of my life. Amen.
Why are hearts reluctant to receive Christ’s message?
Jesus Christ is asking us to give up everything which makes us feel secure and that we cherish and to place God’s will as the first priority in our life. We are then expected to submit to a spiritual re-birth similar to that of an infant who is open to experiencing a whole new world of learning.
The first step in the hope to change a heart begins with prayer John 15:5, asking for “His will be done” for that individual. The next link is to a booklet where such a prayer was offered for twenty-five years prior to grace intervening in the man’s life. Be alert as to when someone may be open to the message, but be aware that God’s timing can be more effective that our own.
For those of us who lack the talent to develop a conversation on faith, we still have the ability to offer a relatable booklet on the topic.
Our own printable booklet is offered for free at realprayer.org It can be given out with good eye contact, a smile, and the words, “I have a gift for you.”
Such booklets have been mailed with get-well cards and notes of caring. Links within an email or social media may require a greater follow-up to promote the booklet in being read.
While booklets like “Real Prayer” can bring a message of value, the individual may need further support to their questions. Pray for guidance and evaluate options including those resources within your church. Could you offer to accompany them to church?
While young children are very open in their learning, expanding minds have questions. It is essential these questions are answered in a way the individual finds relatable. If not, things of faith may be tuned-out. Later, faith may only be a consideration a moments of personal struggle when the individual’s norm is no longer within their comfort zone. Such times need evaluated as to the individual being open to spiritual learning.
Rather than provide a set of predetermined answers; do we have an experience in our own personal growth where Christ touched our lives which relates to the question being asked? If we don’t have an answer to their question, consider prayer, and asking God for his path. We are not alone. There are options and clues through resources beyond ourselves. There is nothing wrong with replying “I do not know, but I will get back with you.”
People with questions about God can sometimes sense an environment where the Holy Spirit is present. It can occur with one on one counselling. The environment is strengthened when like-minded individuals are in a small group such as bible study, or around a camp fire at a retreat. Those who are blessed like Billy Graham can foster such an environment on a larger scale. Ingredients include gratitude, submission, and a humility before God. Opening in prayer which touches upon this topic may be a consideration.
After such resources are provided, if the time is right, do not forget those five words, “Will you pray with me?”
The bottom line is that it takes a great deal of trust in both the message and in the messenger for us to reach into the unknown to ask God to come into our life. Not only does the message need delivered, it needs personalized to correlate with the questions being asked.
Conclusion: A Step toward Spiritual Maturity