Kelley Bachtel, Stonepoint Member
Each evening at our house, we have a night time routine. Each night, my husband (Brandon) and I swap which children we tuck in at night. In time, we will see how our baby girl enjoys her nightly routines. Our youngest son loves to have a bath, read a book, drink a little milk, and settle down to bed. However, our oldest boy has a list of things to do before being tucked in at night. We say goodnight to several items, most of which have to do with mowing. (Riding lawn mower, push mower, weed eater, blower, and of course, the moon, and stars.) Although, bedtime routines and personalities are different, one thing remains the same for all of our children. We pray earnestly for their salvation. Each day and night, we pray that they would find salvation and truth in God. We pray that God would soften their hearts to know Him early in life, and that He would use them in a mighty way.
Something struck me the other night as my husband and I were talking about our prayers and how much we love our children. First of all, I realize that God loves every person as much as we love our own children. I also realize, that He desires for people to soften their hearts and come to a belief in Him, sooner rather than later. I pray this in a great way for our kids. Matter of fact, words can’t even describe how much I desire for my children to know my Heavenly Father. Romans 8:26-27 tells us that the Spirit intercedes for us even when we don’t know what or how to pray, and I find great comfort in those words.
While it’s very natural for me to pray this for the people I love most dearly, Christ desires for us to pray this for all people. For God so loved the world, right? If we would like to emulate Christ, then we should love and pray for the salvation of all people. However, it doesn’t just stop there. We are to share the good news that Jesus has died, so that others may know Him. People need to know that we can have a relationship with Him that far exceeds any earthly relationship. Consider these words found in Romans 10:14-15, “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 they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Today, I encourage you to be in prayer for your family, friends, neighbors, and even your enemies. May God use you and your story to change their eternity! Get to sharing!