My Inspiration: Keep Praying For The Lost

Hello lovely people,
Today, I thought I'd share with you something God used to encourage me last week and I hope that it encourages you too. Some of you may know that my university's Christian Union does an event known as "Text-a-toastie" which encourages students to text in a question about God, Jesus or the Bible and make a toastie order. We will then deliver their toastie to them and answer their questions. This is one of my favourite events because it is a lovely time to take the gospel out and confidently give a reason for why we have faith in God.

When I started taking part in this event during my first year of university, I was not confident enough to answer questions so I only helped in making the toasties. As I grew to know God more and more, He gave me a new found confidence in Him and the boldness to represent Him. I am very grateful for how far I have come and how faithful God has been but that is besides the point of this post.

Last week, we had our last text-a-toastie for this academic year and we got a text from a first year student saying she wanted people she didn't know to share their salvation testimony with her and how they came to the faith. At first I didn't want to go answer this question for whatever reason but it just so happened that I ended up going with one of my friends. In my head, I was thinking about how I had to make my testimony sound so mind-blowing and awesome so it will inspire this girl so much she would want to give her life to Jesus. 

On my way there, the Holy Spirit reminded me that it wasn't my job to change her heart but that I was just a vessel whom God had chosen to use to plant this seed. When we got to her flat, she was so welcoming and after talking to her for over an hour, we found out she is a really nice girl. We started off by sharing our testimonies each and when it was my turn, I just said what God had laid in my heart. When we finished sharing our testimonies, we asked her what she thought about God, Christianity and faith in general.

She said that she did believe in God and she believed we were not in control in this world but she also had some other beliefs which weren't in line with the Christian faith. She also said that the thought of approaching God overwhelmed her because there is so much to know about Him and she wasn't exactly sure where or how to start knowing Him. We encouraged her that a very good place to start would be just to surrender to God. 

God is not looking for people who have everything figured out. He really is looking for people who admit that they  can't do life without Him and who need Him. We encouraged her to understand that if she seeks God, she will find Him because it is His desire for us to have an intimate relationship with Him so He will not hide Himself from us. She had a few reservations because she still had a lot of questions about things that had happened to her and things that were happening around her. She did however display a pure desire to know God so we offered to pray with her.

She was able to say her first prayer to God and her words were so genuine and honest. She admitted that she had a lot of questions and doubts but she felt like she needed God and wanted to know Him. We then prayed for her and gave her a Bible encouraging her to start by reading the gospel of John. We also got in contact with her friends who are part of the Christian union to go through the Gospel of John with her. This encouraged me so much because a lot of the time, we speak to people about God and share our testimonies but I rarely see people actually be transformed like this. The one thing this encouraged me to do is to keep praying for the lost.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

We sometimes get discouraged because we think all we are doing is planting seeds which do not blossom but one thing we need to remember is that these seeds will not all blossom at the same time. The word of God can be likened to a seed that when planted and watered, grows to be green and bears fruits. Some of the seeds will grow as soon as they touch the ground and others will take days, weeks, months and even years to fully blossom. But though it all, God is still working so we need to keep praying.  

If you have friends, family members or people you know who are yet to be saved, please do not be discouraged. Keep praying for them. Even for all the people around the world you don't know, keep praying for them. Pray even for the people in some parts of the world who have not had the opportunity to hear the gospel yet. Pray also that we who have been saved will be bold and willing to take the gospel out and not be ashamed of it.

I have realised that it is not about sounding intelligent, being eloquent or even knowing so much about theology. At the end of the day, it is the simple gospel that changes lives so never stop praying, never stop serving. God is working through you.

Thank you so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

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