I was preaching at a small church in Missouri.
During the prayer time at the end of the service a mother came forward and begged, “Please pray for my son!”
“What does he need prayer for? Is he sick?” I asked.
“No, he’s an atheist,” she replied with tears in her eyes.
“How did he become an atheist?” I asked her.
“I raised him as a Christian. We went to church every week. But he moved to Austin, Texas for a new job and he met a group of atheists. They convinced him that everything he had learned about the Bible was false. Now he started a blog about atheism and every time he calls me he says all preachers are liars.”
I grabbed her hand and bowed my head, “Dear God in heaven, I pray for this woman’s son. I pray that You would remove the blinders from his eyes so that he can see the truth of Your existence.”
As I said ,“Amen” she gripped my hand tight and asked, “Would you call him and convince him there is a God? I don’t want him to go to hell when he dies.” I agreed to talk to him.
The next day, I called him and we talked for over an hour. It was during this conversation that I realized the importance of preparing our Christian young people to live in the real world. That woman’s son grew up in a Christian home, but he had never considered his faith. The first time someone questioned his childhood beliefs, he lost his faith.