“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)
We are surrounded by so many people. They come from all walks of life. I wonder if there has ever been a study done on how many people the average person comes in contact with on any given day. I think the numbers would be surprising. Each contact we make with another person presents an opportunity. We can either shine the light of Jesus or we can stomp out any hope. We can help or we can hurt. We can encourage or we can discourage. We have a choice.
This weekend at church they asked us to write, on a sticky note, the name of a person in our lives that needs salvation. We were to pray for that one person and then take that sticky note and put it one of the crosses standing throughout the sanctuary. The visual effect of this was astounding. Each piece of paper represented a person someone cares for. Each piece of paper bore the name of someone who needed Jesus. Each piece of paper symbolized a person created by God. Each and every sticky note represented a soul in need of saving. It was profound and sad at the same time because if you know Jesus, you want everyone else to know Him too.
Our prayer focus today is for the lost. I invite you to pick just one person and pray for them today and throughout this week. Ask Jesus to make Himself known to that person. Pray for opportunities to minister to them. Be available for God to use you in that person’s life.
Make us Your hands and feet to the lost today. Help us to see where You are working and join with You. Make our lives a witness for Your sake. Show us where to go and whom to serve. Thank You for loving us. I pray our hearts would have a burden for those who walk without You. Help us to love them as You do.