A precious memory from my years doing jail ministry:
A group of incarcerated teenage boys followed me into the classroom. None wanted to come for Bible study. Instead, they were only coming so I could pray for them.
Each shared their specific requests: “Pray my grandma will get well. Pray for my girlfriend and my baby. Pray the judge will go easy on me. Pray I’ll get released this week.” They each had requests for what they wanted God to do for them.
I prayed for each request. Afterward I said, “I just prayed for the things you want God to do for you. Now tell me something. Do you really think God is up in heaven just waiting to give you whatever you ask? Do you ever think that perhaps there might be something He wants from you?
“Jesus said, ‘If you love me, keep my commands.’ You guys don’t even want to know what His commands are—so you can obey Him. I don’t think you love God. God has done so much for you, and He is willing to do more for those who have the right attitude, but you don’t even want to read the Bible. You don’t want to know what God’s Word is saying to you. You’re not interested.
“Do you think God is stupid? Do you think God feels hurt when you diss Him? God is not to be mocked! Do you really think God will honor the prayers of people who don’t respect Him?”
The boys decided to stay for Bible study after all. I presented the gospel message and at the end of the evening all but two wanted to pray and give their lives to Christ.
- The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
- If you love me, keep my commands. John 14:15
- Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
- SONG: JOHN 3:16-18 – 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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