CONVERTING MY DAD TO CHRIST
If you want something so badly and you pray for it diligently, but don’t believe it will ever happen….do you think you will ever get it? James 1: 6-7 “…But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
In the context, we know it is talking about asking for wisdom in this Scripture, but it also says “any thing.”
We had worked for 21 years to convert my dad, after we learned the truth about the gospel of Christ…but we were so anxious that we really made him bitter against it. My dad was a good man and he believed like so many others today…that you just be ‘good’ and you would go to heaven. Dad had heard the word “God” used so much in bad language, which he detested hearing… that he wouldn’t bring himself to call God, God. He always referred to Him as “The Good Lord.” Now even that is being used in a vain manner.
One of Bobby’s old family friends came by one day selling Bibles and a program on Successful Soul Saving. It was a real eye opener for us. It taught, among other things, the concept of believing you get what you are praying for…and it starts with imagining that you have it. That is a very Biblical concept that we have over-looked in the past in teaching someone the gospel.
We know that Jesus was speaking to His disciples here, and that this was still the era of miracles, but the concept of believing what we pray for is still true today…as we saw in James 1:6-7. Matthew 21:-23 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
THE PROGRAM: SUCCESSFUL SOUL SAVING
The part that grabbed my attention was the instructor saying to concentrate on the one person you are most concerned about teaching the gospel. Of course it was my dad. The instruction was to imagine the person obeying the gospel several times a day as you pray for them to understand the truth. Imagine them walking down the aisle or whatever scene you think will be involved in it.
Pray several times a day and imagine them making the confession of Christ and submitting to baptism. Imagine it so strongly, that you even “see” the clothes they are wearing. Well I did this…and it wasn’t but a few months and it happened! The strange fact about this….After I had followed these instructions for just a little while…I couldn’t even imagine my dad NOT obeying the gospel.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS WORKING:
I had a dear friend who had cancer and a few weeks earlier, I had told her about this system and in about a month her dad obeyed the gospel. He had been very bitter against the church. Just a while later, she was in the hospital for the last time and some of us were taking turns sitting with her. One night when I was with her, I wanted so badly to know if she had used what I’d told her about, because her dad had obeyed the gospel so soon…but I hated to ask her when she was so sick…but I did. She looked up and smiled and said, “Yes, especially the prayers and imagining the clothes he was wearing.”
That’s the two that SSS was used on that I am aware of…and that makes 100 %…but it is hard now to concentrate on one person. I need to try to do that again though. I just imagine it would work even if you were concentrating on several. Just wanted to share this and I hope it helps many who are trying so desperately to teach their loved ones. As you can see, it is a Biblical concept.
Note: Another speedy answer to prayer. Our son came by my dad’s on his way home one weekend and invited my dad to come to our house with him and he would come in the next week and take him back home. While my dad was there I wanted to start up a conversation with him about obeying the gospel because we had studied with him before. We were the first ones up and drank coffee together just us every morning. Every night when we went to bed, I was really motivated to speak to him the next morning…but every morning, I just wasn’t motivated to bring up the subject. The last night he was there, I was again motivated and lying in bed, I prayed that I would feel that way in the morning too…my last time alone with him and my last chance that visit, to bring it up. Well! Not only was I motivated to bring it up, that visit…but my dad brought it up himself! God meets us more than half-way and we would do well to not forget that.