Q: Jill, how do you pray for a child who is slipping away from their faith?
Once someone has come to personal faith, it's possible for them to back away from getting to know Jesus better. However, once Jesus has come into someone's life, He's promised to never leave. So we can't slip away from salvation, but we can weaken the intimacy we're developing with Him.Q: What do you do when you feel like you've run out of prayers?
When you pray for a child who doesn't seem interested in Jesus anymore or doesn't want to go to church, be sure about what you're praying for. Pray that God would restore their faith, and pray with trust and faith that this child will return to the intimacy they once enjoyed.
There's nothing wrong with staying silent in the presence of God. C. S. Lewis, in his book on the four loves, talks about how with friendship love, the two of you can be sitting in front of a roaring fire on a cold day, comfortable with not having to speak—to just sit and stir the fire and be. So if you feel you've run out of prayers, that's okay. Just be with God, even in silence. That's what friendship is all about.