KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 7:60 KJV “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”
During the stoning of evangelist Stephen, he did not curse them, but prayed for them. I believe the conversion of Paul was an answer to the prayer of Stephen. I will like to share a testimony about praying for the lost and seeing God save them.
Some years ago, I watched a program on Metro TV(Ghana) called Aqeeda. It was an Islamic program that projected Islamic teachings. As I watched I decided to pray for the host. I prayed and said Lord Jesus save this man. I later prayed again and asked the Lord to direct such Muslims who have been saved through my intercessions to our church. On one Sunday morning at church I was informed that a man was looking for me. I went over to see him, and there he narrated his story to me. He said his name was Sheikh Ibrahim Oyom, he used to host that Islamic program called Aqeeda. He had an encounter with Jesus which led to his conversion into Christianity. He also showed me his picture when he used to hold that program, which gave me the assurance that he is the man. He added that in the previous night the Lord gave him the name of our church and directed him to where the church was located. He obeyed and came. (He has a very powerful testimony about how he met the resurrected Jesus. Because of space I would reserve his testimony for tomorrow’s edition of the simple truth) .
My emphases for today is to express how amazing God is. He answers prayers to the details. I prayed and said lord when you save them lead them to me, and the Lord did exactly that. (the Lord did this particular case to assure us of how detailed and truthful He does His things). Never stop praying for the lost. This is what Rev Dr Kwadwo Boateng Bempah, head pastor of Holy Hill Assemblies of God calls prayervagelism. Prayer is a partnership between human and the divine. (Do not stop preaching to the lost as well. There are some cases that the Holy Spirit would intervene like this instant) When we stand in the gap to intercede for people the Lord releases angels into action, who create conditions that lead to the conversion of men. We must understand the heartbeat of God for the lost, so we may cry unto Him to save them. Stop being selfish, to be always praying for your needs alone. Selfishness is a trait of babies. Be concerned about the lost. God wants to save the lost yet His laws does not permit Him to do so until a man calls on Him. He created all things but has given the habitation and dominion of the earth to man (Genesis 1:26–28). Man would have to invite Him to act in the affairs of men before He can do so.
I am an intercessor for the lost. The Holy Spirit enables me to pray effectively for the lost. As I pray for them, they are converted and saved for heaven.
1Timothy 2:1-4. ” I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”.