I have had a story in my head all week to write for today. However, in the car, on the way to take my daughter to school, something happened. I need to share it with you.
My kids and I watch this video every Good Friday together before school. It wrecks us. [I will share it at the end of this post].
After watching the video this morning, my daughter began to cry. Her little tears just streaming down her cheeks.
"Momma, what about the people that we know and love so much that do not know Jesus? I am overwhelmed with sadness at the thought of not seeing them in heaven. What can we do?"
I pulled the car over to talk to her.
Praying that God would give me the words, I told her we should pray.
We prayed for family members that do not know Jesus. We prayed for people across the country, across the world, that do not know Jesus.
She stopped me in the middle of the prayer, and said, "How will they know, Momma?"
My heart stopped for a minute...
"We have to tell them, sweetie. And most of all, we have to pray."
I remembered a scripture that I had just recently read in the book of Psalms...
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. Psalm 19:1-2
I told her that God continually makes Himself known to all. However, we have a choice to believe or to not believe.
"Presley, I believe that we are all given an opportunity. Every one of us. We have a choice. Let's pray that when presented with that choice, these family members and friends will choose to believe."
I reminded her of the man on the cross hanging next to Jesus. In the final hour of his life, this man chose to believe. [Luke 23:32-43]
Never give up hope. Never stop praying.
Just when the disciples had thought they had been duped...they had followed a man and not the Son of Man....they had given up three years of their lives for it to end like this....
Jesus arose from the dead three days after His crucifixion.
Never stop believing.
Never stop praying.
Never give up hope.
Today, as we ponder the Cross, let's pray for that lost family member. Or neighbor. Or co-worker.
Let's never stop lifting their name up to the Father.
This prayer is one I pray daily over my children and my husband....and now I will pray it over the ones I love dearly that do not yet know Jesus.
Will you pray this with me? Insert the name or names of those that need to know Jesus.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:16-23
sunday is coming,
**the video is here. [grab a Kleenex]