Is it time to give up?

There was finally silence after a whole week of the camp centre being filled with teenagers. All the counsellors had collapsed on the sofa. We chatted for a wee while then it went quiet so… me being the youth worker I am asked; “If you could go for coffee with anyone in the whole world dead or alive, who would it be?”

The room went silent for a moment while people thought and then came the answers;

C.S. Lewis…Charles Spurgeon [guess who said that]… Some quirky artists… Dead relatives.

But then my friend gave the most incredible answer: “I’d love to meet the people who prayed for me and my family to get saved.”

And in unison the rest of us went “Aww… that’s such a good one!”

When I think about the first person who ever prayed for me to meet Jesus I get really emotional. I have no idea who that person was but I am eternally grateful for their dedication to prayer and love for me to be redeemed that kept them praying.

Here I now am echoing the actions and prayers of that amazing person/people. I love that a section of my prayer time is spent pleading with God to save people, people that He has broken my heart for.

Maybe you, like me, have a list either on the inside of your bible or engraved in your heart of people you are praying for to trust in Jesus. Maybe you’ve been praying for them every day for weeks, months, even years. Maybe you’ve seen them take one step forward in faith and two steps back. Maybe you’ve had your heart broken by the decisions they’ve made.

I sat in on a class at Faith Mission Bible College a month back and we were looking at evangelism. The lecturer asked (in order to start a discussion); “When is it time to give up on someone?”

Have you ever felt like that? You just don’t see any change, fruit for your labour or them even desiring to know more about God. I’m sure as you are reading this there are people coming to your mind.

I want to ask you this question; “Is it time to give up on that person?”

Do you believe in a God that gives up on people?

I really hope you can join with me saying; “No I am not giving up on them because they matter to God, I will happiliy sacrifice my time to pray for them, love them and share Jesus with them!”

Who knows how long people were praying for you before you got saved?!!! We may never see the results of our prayers but this I am sure of, you do not pray for anyone out of your own flesh; The Holy Spirit is prompting you to pray for that person so be obedient and believe that God will answer your prayers in His own time.

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May this post be a source of encouragement to you. May it help you realise that the people in your life are placed there for a reason and that praying for them is a privilege. Our God is ready and willing to save people. He is good, He is loving, He is everything.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6

 

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