Do you remember when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Were there special circumstances and people who helped you to the place that you were ready to trust Him? I doubt any of us knows all of the prayers that went up for us, that were instrumental in leading us to that most important moment of our lives.
The beginning of our salvation comes in that moment when we trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is a spiritual event. We only see “as a reflection in a mirror” as Paul says in 1 Corinthians, the real spiritual change that has taken place. Jesus refers to it as being “born again.” Jesus also tells us that “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent me draws them” (John 6:44).
As you think about people around you, people whom you love and care about, are you praying that God will save them? The August 2014 issue of Christianity Today has a powerful testimony written by Tara Edelschick. She was not interested in anything to do with God or church. Her husband died tragically and 10 days later she gave birth to a stillborn daughter.
Through wrestling with these tragedies, she eventually came to trust in Jesus. It wasn’t until after she became a Christian that she learned that many people in her community were praying for her when they heard about her tragedy, including the man who eventually became her new husband. He had been praying for her before he knew her! (You can read Tara’s story at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/july-august/i-was-saved-at-open-communion.html)
God works through our prayers and the most important prayer we can pray is that someone we know will come to trust in Jesus and become a Christian. If you haven’t already, begin that prayer today!
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC