[quote="lefty22, post:1, topic:229213"]
In your opinion, how important is family prayer in developing a person's faith? My family goes to mass every week, but we never pray together (except on some holidays there's an awkward prayer or two before the meal) and I don't feel like faith is a regular part of my home life, yet my parents have a very strong faith (I think).
My brother is 19 and he's pretty much dumped his faith. I'm 16 and trying to hold on. I'm wondering why I'm still trying, when it seems like I should have given up months ago, and I'm just curious what you all think about family prayer. Can faith be too private?
I give you two links that will only take a few minutes to see, and a page full of testimonies (I recommend Roy Schoeman and David Moss)
Why? Because you need to read in the New Testament, listen and read testimonies and associate with people who have a living faith, a living relationship with Jesus in their daily life. Then a world will open up for you that you never knew existed.
You need to find a fellowship of young Christians who are intent on staying on that path of meaning together with you.
Christian parents are a great gift. Parents that pray with their family and read Scripture together.. even better.. But as a young man or woman you need to find a faith fellowship with people your age in order to be strengthened..
But also.. read testimonies.. saints, people from other churches who overcame great trials by Gods help.. It will open your eyes to the unseen and to the things that God does in the world and that you haven't yet seen or experienced yourself.
I speak about the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit. I have a bunch of friends who saw Jesus, who saw Mary, who saw Angels, who heard the voice of God, who got healed from sicknesses, had heavenly visions and prophesies, who were set free from demons, who died in peace (thats a miracle too) etc etc... I was 19 years old the first time I saw for the first time people getting healed in front of my eyes, when others prayed for them in the name of Jesus. My sister got healed, my dad got healed.. I realised, Man! Jesus is alive today.. I thought He was some cool guy walking around 2000 years ago.. But more than seeing miracles, shortly after He showed me that He wanted ME. He wanted personal contact with me... I still gotta get used to that here 8 years later because .. why would He wanna associate with me? Im nobody...But God can use me greatly.
The Kingdom of God is already here. Maybe your parents don't have more to give you when it comes to faith.. maybe they also need to get strengthened.
Go find people who knows what intimacy with God means and who will share with you. Ask Jesus to guide you.
God's peace and blessing to you.