In reading The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun, I was really struck by a letter that Brother Yun wrote to his son at his son's birth. Yun's son was conceived shortly before Yun was taken into custody by Chinese authorities for sharing the Gospel. He was in prison when his son was born, and he penned these words:
To my dear son Isaac,
When you were born your father was in prison because of the name of Jesus Christ. My son, I don't know if I will live to see you or not. People wish their children success. But your daddy only wishes you to follow and love the Lord Jesus. Isaac, always trust and obey the Lord and you shall grow up to be a man of God.
These words made me think: Do I wish for those I care about to be successful and prosperous in life, or do I wish for them to follow and to love the Lord? One wish carries temporary pleasure, but the other wish carries eternal implications. What are my prayers for those whom I care about? Do I pray that they will have an easy life, or do I pray that they will be drawn into a deep relationship with the Lord?
The way we answer those questions says a lot about us.