Do you have a loved one, a friend or neighbor who is not a believer?
Have you have carefully looked for openings to share your faith? Perhaps, many times . . . over many years. You wait and pray and wait some more.
It would be great if a single, gentle nudge from you led the person to believe in Jesus but it doesn’t usually work like that.
Can you imagine…
Paul standing in front of the Roman Governor, and Jewish king, and their entourage. Even though he was risking his life to do so, Paul continued to proclaim the Gospel message of Jesus, which led to the following dialogue:
Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”
But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth. And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—”
Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”
Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”
Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and all the others stood and left.Acts 26:24–29
Paul could not make anyone believe in Jesus. He could only tell his story about the way Jesus had changed his life and leave rest to the Holy Spirit working in the person’s life.
So, like Paul, you and I are called to tell our stories of faith with hope. And then we continue to pray that “whether quickly or not” they will come to faith.
A Prayer for a Friend Who Doesn’t Believe in Jesus
Father, thank you! You have given me a beautiful story of faith to share. You have changed my life in amazing ways and I’m sure in ways of which I’m not even aware. Your grace is amazing. Your Holy Spirit a blessing . . . giving me strength, hope, peace, joy, and so much more.
I want my loved ones, my friends, my neighbors—everyone to know, love, and trust You. I want them to believe in Jesus. I want them to experience the peace that passes understanding, courage to fight their fears, strength to follow Your will, and hope to face an uncertain future. I want them to feel Your love.
So, I ask that You will help me gently and respectfully tell all that You have done for me. Please give me the courage to share my story . . . the hard parts and the healed parts, the broken and the restored. And by the power of Your Spirit, soften their hearts and work in their lives to want what I have. I pray that they will want to know about this Jesus who has changed my life. Your Word says that You “want everyone to be saved and understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) Thank you! I believe Your Spirit is at work and “whether quickly or not” many will come to believe in Jesus. In whose name I pray. Amen.
How has believing in Jesus changed your life? What difference has He made in the way you live? What is your story of hope.
Peter wrote to the Jewish Christians who had been driven out of Jerusalem by persecution:
Worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.1 Peter 3:15–16a
And the Holy Spirit used those Christians to touch lives with the Gospel of Jesus.
So, you and I can be encouraged. We can do what we are called to do and prayerfully trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest.
On today’s note write:
I will share my story of faith and hope . . . and I will pray.
God bless you today as you tell everyone about God’s love and the hope you have in Jesus.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
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