A few months ago my wife Anna and I stopped at Freebirds for lunch on our way home from an appointment. The young man making our burritos seemed friendly, and I asked him if he had pain in his back. He said yes, and I told Him I believed God wanted to heal him. I asked if I could pray for him, and he replied, “what I really need is healing in my heart”. He proceeded to tell me that he’s been going through a difficult season emotionally. I told him that God could heal his back and his heart, and I prayed for him. He seemed to be touched, and asked if he could give me a hug. After giving him a hug, I gave him an info card for our church and invited him to visit us sometime. His name was Evan.
A couple weeks later I was speaking at our Sunday evening service and invited people forward for prayer at the end of the service. One of the first people who came up was a young man in a ball cap who with tears in his eyes said, “do you remember me?”. I said no, and he reminded me of our encounter at Freebirds. It was Evan. He told me that “something” told him he was suppose to visit our church that night, and he rode his bike to our church from the other side of San Antonio… in August! Evan began to tell me that the message spoke directly to him. I asked if he wanted to give his life to Jesus and he did, then and there.
I don’t remember a time when people seemed to be this open to the gospel. Perhaps it’s just a change in my own perspective, but it still stands – the people of our cities long for a relationship with God. Do they want religion? No. But, they do want to know their Creator and the reason why they were created. Jesus is the longing of every human heart, the “Desire of All Nations” (see Haggai 2:7). And I believe if we want to, we can play a part in seeing people find what they may have been searching for their entire lives.
At the end of Matthew 9, Jesus told His disciples to ask the Lord to send laborers into the harvest (see Matt.9:35-38). Matthew 10 then tells us that Jesus sent out His disciples with power to preach the gospel of the Kingdom (see Matt 10:1,7-8). It’s important that we pray for God to send people out to proclaim the good news. But, are we willing to be the answer to our own prayer?
I don’t believe that we’re all called to stand on the stages of the world and preach to thousands at a time. However, I do believe we’re called to represent Jesus to the ones He puts in front of us. Look for opportunities to demonstrate the love of God. Become the answer to someone’s prayer.