40 Days of Prayer for Revival & Spiritual Awakening – Day 22

Pray for Revival to begin in us by making us sensitive to others and persistent with others.

Day 22

Relationships that Count in Eternity

(by Robbie Jackson)

I often encourage our church in building relationships with the lost.  A lady from our church befriended a couple in her apartment complex and invited them to come to our annual fish fry.  The husband, Steve, was confined to a wheelchair, due to a series of strokes.  He gave several excuses why they couldn’t come, but the young lady persisted.

Following the fish fry, we had a gospel music concert and I closed by presenting the plan of salvation.  Both Steve and his wife responded. After receiving Christ, Steve looked up and, with tears streaming down his face, said, “I can die now!”

At first I didn’t understand the depth of that statement. Only later did I discover that doctors had virtually given up on Steve’s surviving more than a few months.  I had the privilege of baptizing him and his wife. That day our people left stating, “We never saw anything like this!”

Like the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-12, this couple’s journey began when a neighbor took the time to care, began to cultivate a friendship with them and then brought them to hear about Jesus. Faith – believing Jesus could and would do something in the man’s life – is all it took. (Click to read Mark 2:1-12)

Father, there are so many people around me who need Jesus – I hardly know where to begin. Direct me in building relationships that will lead to their salvation.