"Prayer for my father"
I am asking for
prayer for my father. He sent a very early birthday card.
In the contents he alluded he had more unresolved issues that he needed
To make a very long story short, I had forgiven my
father for years of things he had committed, and in so doing he took
ownership of much. Since so many years ago, I had restored a
relationship with him and spoke to him about the Lord in many talks
over the years. At one time I felt he had possibly either came to
Christ or was a strong seeker.
However, it has become
clear he still has no saving relationship with the Lord. And,
upon receiving this card, I did call him to help him to feel he was on
"safe" ground to complete his unfinished business of confessing
unresolved sin towards me, to get this "poison of sin" out of his
soul and heart. I told him that my concern is that he has peace
in his soul, peace with God and knowing that he will be in the presence
of Jesus upon his death.
He wrote this card early this
past week as again he was in the hospital thinking he had another heart
attack. He is 81 years old and knows his body has too many things
wrong with it and I know he is thinking about eternal things. He
said he is not 100% certain he will be in Heaven with the
Lord. He is very confused about salvation and is resisting the
Gospel thus far. He believes a loving God would not send him to
hell and all he has to do is be a good person, or, because of all the
bad things, (very bad things he feels he has done) God will never
forgive him and let him into His heaven.
I am grieving
for my father for it is painful to hear he feels he his carrying a load
of guilt that he just doesn't feel safe enough to let go of. He
is unwilling to have additional medical treatment for there are too
many things wrong with him now.
So, I ask for prayer for
my father and I will again call this next week to try again to help him
to release these burdens and find his way to God's unwavering grace and
mercy and salvation in Christ. Thank you, each of you for praying
with me for my father.