Two things, it is great to see young people serving God and it is greater still to see them discipled by mature followers of Jesus. Unfortunately, they sometimes take on the characteristics of their mentors but fail to develop that character for themselves. Once the mentor takes a step back, the stand to follow Jesus may not last too long. This was the case for King Joash.
He did what was pleasing to the Lord as long as Jehoiada the priest was alive. – 2 Chronicles 24:2 GNT
When Joash became king he was very young – seven years old. He grew up surrounded by God being praised and worshipped and where holy prayer was offered continuously. When his mentor and guardian died, he had his blessings and prayers.
It is important that discipleship contains the diligent activities of weekly fellowship, Bible-reading and prayer. Those things bring noticeable change.
The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and their men to the Temple of the Lord Almighty to pray for the Lord’s blessing. – Zechariah 7:2 GNT
While hypocrites pretend to pray and in doing so there is no real prayer. Anyone who desires to pray, adds faith to that. In reality, I see God’s favour by praying and by yielding in obedience to Him, in many ways making sure I was pleasing Him.
That little expression “in truth” is worthy of study. If you will take your concordance and go through the Bible, you will find that this expression means “in reality,” “in sincerity.” The prayer that God answers is the prayer that is real, the prayer that asks for something that is sincerely desired. – R. A. Torrey