Thursday, May 18, 2023

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Scripture Insights

“Hello, Brad!” I say, after reading the grocery carrier’s nametag. “I always pray for the people who load my groceries, and I’m going to pray for you today.”

“Thank you so much!” Brad responds.

I replicate this conversation every time I go to curbside pickup or walk with a cart clerk as they push my cart to my car after an in-store purchase. I have never received one rejection.

Instead, they often say something like, “I really need prayer right now,” so I ask for a specific request.

Once they share, I say, “May I pray for you now?”

I always receive a grateful yes, which results in a brief parking lot prayer meeting in the name of Jesus.

When we truly believe that the power of God brings salvation to all who believe, we will view everyone we encounter as a precious soul who needs Christ. We will then take every opportunity to share Christ, even if it means an impromptu prayer meeting in the grocery store parking lot.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, remind us that we are the church and that, when we do a better job of bringing people to Jesus, the church will do a better job.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on bringing people to Jesus in the church in Canada and the United States.

—Debra White Smith
The Wesleyan Woman

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