Good morning (or evening)!
I know this is still Monday, but I will be on the road all day tomorrow traveling home from visiting family in New York; so, I hope you enjoy the early version of “The Tuesday Talk”. I hope you have greatly enjoyed your time in the New Testament these last few weeks—I know I have. While reading Mark 11 this morning I came across this verse: “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.” (Mark 11:24). This verse jarred my memory of just how good my God is to me (and all of us). I would like to take a few minutes to give a very brief testimony of how God answers prayer.
Over the last few weeks I have felt conviction that I have not shared the gospel with those who do not know the love and life that Jesus Christ gives us. Mindful of this weakness, I’ve frequently prayed for the Lord to open the doors to gospel-focused conversations. Last week the Lord sent someone to me to share the gospel with, but to be honest… I completely blanked out and did not recognize the opportunity I had in front of me until much later that day. Frustrated by my failure I began asking the Lord for another opportunity to share the gospel. The Lord did not wait long until giving me another chance to share the gospel!
Over the last 72 hours I’ve had the opportunity to share the gospel (in detail) with two individuals. Even better, one was a Muslim! I won’t bog this down with the details, but I was absolutely stoked that the Lord answered my prayers with two awesome encounters. The fact that God answers our prayers still enthralls me. You see, just before I engaged the Muslim individual, I felt a strong urge to share the gospel that came out of nowhere. You see, my family and I were touring Central Park when I was overcome with the urge to share the gospel. The truth is I cannot take credit for any part of this. God ordained the encounter, the urge to share the gospel, and even my prayer to want to share the gospel—all of this was guided by the Lord. THIS ABSOLUTELY AMAZES ME!
When we read verses like Mark 11:24 we tend to focus on and think about situational needs, physical needs, and relational needs—and God does answer these. However, it has been my experience that when I pray for courage and the ability to do the things that God commands me to do, HE ALWAYS ANSWERS THAT PRAYER. And it is this fact that stirs deep contemplation. I wonder what I am not doing because I’ve not asked the Lord for guidance, help, and boldness to complete His will. The believers in the early church prayed for boldness to preach the gospel, and the Bible tells us that God gave them boldness and it stirred them to proclaim Christ with boldness (Acts 4:29-31).
Too often we focus on our failures, faults, and weaknesses. I wonder what would happen if we stopped looking at ourselves and started looking to God? No matter how long I walk with the Lord I keep learning the same basic truths over and over again. When we seek God, God grants us the ability to follow Him. When we fail to seek the Lord, we will fail in our attempt to live as Christians.
Bearing this in mind, allow me to ask a simple question:
ARE YOU ASKING THE LORD FOR THE ABILITY TO SERVE HIM?
I know, this is a basic question, but we tend to do the basics poorly. Great feats are accomplished through great fundamentals. The fundamental truth of this life is that we were created to be indwelt by God for God’s glory, the good of others, and our joy. Are you being led by the Lord? When we submit to our God by seeking His power, presence, and guidance in our lives for His glory, it is almost a guarantee that YOU WILL GLORIFY HIM. Even more, there is great joy in knowing you are submitting to the will of God.
As you go to bed tonight (or start to move this morning), take a few minutes and ask the Lord to direct your steps today for His glory. Ask God to open doors for you to share the gospel, encourage someone, intercede for someone, or give a testimony. You will be amazed at what happens.