Prayer & Fasting Day 5 – The Lost in Our Own communities
It’s the Word of God that brings faith for salvation; “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). We need to see to it that the Word gets into the lost, and into our local communities. So often we’re too busy with our own agendas, but there are many around us that are waiting for us to share the Good News with them. We need to put in the time, using every platform, wisdom, influence and resource available to us to continuously invest in people in our community, especially those who have been forgotten. You never know who will pass on the blessing to others so that they build even higher and wider than we have. This is type of legacy we should seek to leave.
I’m reminded that lost and hurting souls are waiting for the Good News. They don’t care how we define love in Greek; they simply want to feel loved. We must keep our focus on the cause. Heaven rejoices each time we bring the Love of Christ into someone’s life. Pray, asking the Lord to direct your steps in who to talk to, what to say, and how to love. Remember, you were born for such a time as this. Here are a few specific things to pray for today:
- Pray for compassion for the lost – True compassion always leads to action. Pray that God’s people would be filled with the same heart of compassion that Jesus has for those who are perishing. (Matthew 9:36)
- Pray for boldness for believers – Pray for yourself and other believers to share God’s Love boldly. Boldness in love is a sign that we are full of the Holy Spirit. Don’t be afraid to ask God for it: “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord” (2 Timothy 1:7-8)
- Pray the Holy Spirit draws them – Pray that the Holy Spirit would draw the lost closer to the Father, removing any blinders of the enemy that may be keeping them from seeing the truth. (John 16:8-14)
- Pray God sends YOU – Pray that you, not the pastor, not the extrovert sitting next you in church, but you would be the one sent by God on this mission. That you would have such a fire and a passion in your heart for those who don’t know Jesus that it would drive you to be a missionary everywhere you went, even in your everyday community. Especially there. (2 Timothy 4:5)
In a world that can be such a dark, mean, hurtful place, let’s not add to the problem. Instead, let’s be loving and kind to the lost, showing them the Jesus we know. You can’t know the pain that others are trying to conceal, or the hurt they’re experiencing. Be a light in the darkness, proclaiming the Name of our Lord.
Our communities are made up of broken, lost, and hurting people, and we must remember that we’re a part of the solution. Each of us is an answer to someone’s prayer right now. Don’t hide the light God has placed in you. Be a voice. Be the change. Don’t walk by someone who needs you to be the answer.