Can you please pray for me?
My answer is always, “Of course! What do you need prayer for?” And then I pray for that person right there.
I don’t wait until later (though I do pray on my own later) because there’s something powerful about praying together.
Read through the Book of Acts.
You’ll quickly notice that mighty things happened when the Church prayed together.
Jesus told us that He’ll do anything we ask in His name.
Jesus told us that praying in faith can move any mountain, any obstacle.
Jesus taught us how to pray and Paul laced his letters with prayers.
Talking with God is vital to our Christian walk. (We’ve talked many times about prayer.)
The Boiler Room taught on prayer tonight.
Following the teaching we prayed for our church community, for the necessary transitions to better serve the poor.
I walked away reminded that “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done” is not possible without prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit working in my life.
I read at the end Acts today that King Agrippa was almost persuaded to become a Christian.
Paul shared the gospel so effectively that King Agrippa’s statement showed what it all boiled down to:
It was a choice.
King Agrippa wasn’t confused about anything. He simply made a choice to decline the offer.
The reality is that we all have a choice to make when it comes to Christ.
No amount of arm twisting or beating people over the head with a Bible will convince everyone to accept God’s free gift of salvation.
Of course, the goal is always to see others come to know Christ. Their eternity is at stake!
We’re all called to share the gospel with the world. The Great Commission given by Christ Himself is not to be ignored.
Just remember that the choice to accept Christ is a personal one. Our job is to share the gospel and to pray.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to work in their hearts.
Don’t confuse your job with His or confuse behavior modification with true relationship.
Paul told King Agrippa it was his hope that he be saved. At the end of the conversation, though, King Agrippa made a choice.
Paul never spoke with him again (that we know of) but he knew that King Agrippa understood the gospel message.
We all have friends and family who are almost convinced. They’re sitting on the fence because of doubt and unbelief.
Keep looking for opportunities to talk about God.
There’s too much at stake for us to give up so easily. However, we can’t forget that the choice is not ours to make for them.