“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Have you ever wanted to give up praying for someone who you thought was lost? —Maybe for someone who would never make it into God's house, much less His Kingdom? One day, after our usual after church luncheon, we sat at the dining table having a very lively discussion concerning our pastor's sermon on "vision."
As the discussion continued, there was a knock at the door. When our host opened the door, a young woman with a beaming smile asked, "Can I speak to you for a moment?" Thinking that she might know the young woman’s family, our host said, "Sure, come in! After the young woman came into the house, the entire group greeted her. When she saw the group seated at the table, she turned smiling to our host and said, "Are you Christians?" Our host, smiling back said, "—Yes!" The young woman beamed even wider and said, "So am I, I go to the new church up the street, but I couldn't sit in there any longer knowing that there are so many people outside the church who need to know about Jesus. So a group of us decided to walk door-to-door instead of going to our afternoon youth meeting."
We continued speaking with this young woman as she gave her testimony regarding how she came to know Jesus Christ. Let's just say, although she was the product of a Christian home, for years, she was the intent focus of her mother's prayers and bouts of fasting. Surprisingly, it turns out, our host knew her mother, although she had never met our young visitor. As she continued to speak, we realized that we all knew her brother, an amazing young pastor. This young woman, the product of her mother's prayers, pleas, and God’s amazing Grace, was the one that God chose to place an overwhelming Spirit to leave the confines of the pews, to personally go out into the neighborhood, and tell others about Christ.
Don’t give up on those you pray for; maintain an eternal view of any and all circumstances that you may be faced with. The passion God has for your life and the lives of those you pray for is no comparison to a circumstance.
--So, go ahead, pray for them again! L.
Study Reference: Ephesians 6:18-20
From: "A Knock At The Door." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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