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Pray for those who need the Lord with faith that God hears you and will work in their lives

The Making of a Disciple
The Starting Point – Part III

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20

Key Verses: Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Yesterday’s devotional ends with the Apostle Paul’s conversion story.

I hope the story raised this question: “Why did God need to bring Ananias into the process of Paul’s conversion?”

God humbled Paul by speaking clearly to him about what he was doing wrong and striking him with total blindness. Since God did all that, why would He want Ananias to go to Paul and pray for him to receive his eyesight back?

We could guess, but it is a mystery why God uses His children for another person’s salvation.

Think of the people with whom you have interacted with in the past month. For those far from God, could it be that you are “divinely connected” with them? Could God be speaking to you like He spoke to Ananias, asking you to be a part of that person’s salvation story?

You may not know much about them, maybe not even their name.

For example, I pray for the nurses who cared for me after the emergency surgery I had in Armenia. I do not know their names, but I know that God does. I know God loves them and does not want them lost for eternity. Even though I cannot speak Armenian, God still connected us so that I can intercede for them.

I hope this encourages you to pray for those around you who need the Lord. Have faith that God hears you and will draw them to Jesus.

Believers hear a lot about how much God loves them and wants to help them… and that is true! But God loves just as much the people around you who do not have Jesus in their hearts and lives.

We believers enjoy God’s love, promises, and peace, which unbelievers know little about. We can show unbelievers God’s love.

The starting point in showing that love is praying consistently for them. You can start interceding for them today!

Father, remind me to pray for the people around me who need You in their lives. In Jesus’s Name, amen.