That day there were only two of us working the Bible table at the beach. Josh is a tall, muscular young man, with a deep love for Christ.
We had just finished praying for a man who had asked for prayer. A woman was browsing through our free Bibles and books, when two men approached. They were apparently homeless and intoxicated, intent on causing trouble. They began shouting, “Step right up folks! Get saved right here! This is the place to find Jesus!”
The woman browsing our books quickly walked away. Nobody else stopped at our table while the men were shouting—and they did not let up! We were embarrassed. Humiliated! We tried reasoning with them quietly, but they’d argue and their voices would get louder.
Josh and I were praying. After a few minutes I quietly said, “Josh, why don’t we pack up and call it a day.”
“Not yet. Keep praying. Let’s see what God does.”
Against my better judgment, we remained and continued to quietly pray while the men continued their harassment.
Then suddenly, to our amazement, they walked away! The next thing I knew there was a crowd of people at our table, asking questions, requesting Bibles, asking for prayer, and asking how they could have their sins forgiven! What a fruitful afternoon!
We were certainly tested! Had I listened to my heart, I would have gone home at the beginning of their tirade.
Was it our prayers that protected us?
Was it our prayers that sent the men away?
Was it our prayers that brought a crowd of seekers to our table?
Perhaps all the above.
- The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life. Psalm 121:7
- For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
- But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
- SONG – INTO THE LIGHT – By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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