Faith Comes By Hearing

This is the last of my Advent prayer devotionals. I’m calling us all to pray for the unsaved who were in church services over the Christmas holidays. We’ve had a lot of guests at LakeView the last couple Sundays, and some of them may not know the Lord. If you’re part of a different church, the same is likely true in your congregation as well. Let us not underestimate the power of prayer, but rather bring these people to the Lord and ask Him to move in their hearts.

If you invited someone in the past month, would you mention them by name in your prayer and initiate a conversation with them about where they’re at with God? A natural place to start is by asking them about their visit to LakeView.

Scripture and prayer are below. Merry Christmas!

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15, NIV)

Lord, I come before You to pray for those who have visited churches in the past few weeks. Thank You for stirring in the hearts of Christians to bring their friends into their church family. Thank You for the opportunities You’ve given me and others to preach the good news of Jesus. Thank You for leading faithful men and women to plan non-threatening events that make it easy to invite a friend.

I ask You now to work in the hearts and minds of the people who’ve walked through our doors. Holy Spirit, convict them, bother them, keep them awake, show them Your power and mercy, heal them by Your love, speak to them, and draw them to Christ. Bring them back into conversations with their friends and family members who are saved.

I also ask that You would embolden our hearts to initiate follow up conversations with those neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends. Give us the opportunities to speak, the courage to speak, and the discernment to know what to say and when to say it. Father, I pray that every one of my brothers and sisters in Christ would see themselves as preachers of the gospel. That what Paul said in Romans 10:15 would be true of them, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Thank You for Your work in and through us. We love You. Amen.