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DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I had to laugh the other day when my cousin said he was pray­ing for me. I told him he might as well not waste his time. What would you say to some­one like me who feels no need for God?

— M.T. DEAR M.T.: I’m thank­ful for your cousin — and you should be also, be­cause he hon­estly cares about you, and he knows you are headed down a dead-end road. He knows the truth of Je­sus’ warn­ing: “Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to de­struc­tion, and many en­ter through it” (Matthew 7:13).

The first thing I’d say is that I feel very sorry for you, be­cause you aren’t only turn­ing your back on God, but you’re turn­ing your back on His per­fect plan for your life. God loves you, and He wants to give you true joy and peace and pur­pose — but so far, you’re miss­ing them. Je­sus said, “The thief Satan comes only to steal and kill and de­stroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

But I also would give you a word of warn­ing. You may not see any rea­son to bother with God — but what of the fu­ture? Where will you turn when the doc­tor says it’s can­cer, or some­one you love turns against you, or you face any other prob­lem you can’t con­trol? Most of all, how will you face death and eter­nity with­out God? The Bi­ble warns, “Peo­ple are des­tined to die once, and af­ter that to face judg­ment” (He­brews 9:27).

Don’t let pride, or your slav­ery to some par­tic­u­lar sin, or any­thing else keep you from Je­sus Christ. He loves you so much that He gave His life for your sal­va­tion. Don’t ignore Him any longer, but by faith give your life to Him.


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