Join me in praying for Jacklyn
In my work I spend most of my time with pastors and church staff sharing about resources and ideas of how to make disciples in their church. The hardest part of my job, is engaging lost people with the Gospel. I suppose that being intentional in gospel sharing is hard for most people as well. Perhaps I feel that way because of the scheduling with pastors and staff that leave very little time for non-churched people. So to combat that, I often try to engage people at dinner, or hotels, gas station... as I travel. Tonight is no different. I was out for dinner at a local restaurant in Hopkinsville, and like I often do, I asked the server "in what ways can I pray for you tonight". Usually when asked that the response is, pray for my family, or they may say "I have some tough decisions to make". Tonight the young lady Jacklyn, replied "Pray for my happiness"
I politely told Jacklyn that I would pray for that, and as she continued to check on me and bring my food, and fill my drink I would press deeper about what happiness looks like versus joy that is only found in a relationship with Jesus. I shared with Jacklyn scripture versus that came to my mind that spoke about joy, and even had an opportunity to share the gospel with her. She did not immediately respond in a saving faith response, but I'm praying she will soon.
As I left the restaurant I took a card from my wallet and wrote a specific prayer and included scripture for her to look up and consider. I chose the verses of Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord and again I say rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don't worry about anything, but in prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
I'm asking that as you think on it and read this post that you would pray for Jacklyn. That she finds joy in Jesus. But I also pray that this will be an encouragement to you to continue to be intentional in sharing the Gospel message of Jesus to people that you interact with on a daily basis. We all can do better in making the Gospel the central part of our lives and need to have outlets in sharing the good news with others.