Knock Knock -Who’s There? – Part 3
Leading the way
I left off yesterday with my friends and I talking to an older gentleman who was angry at God. I was perfectly happy with my friends leading the way. After all, it was working out quite well. Why fix something that isn’t broken? At least I didn’t think our method was broken.
Listening is important
We stayed around and listened to the angry man for over twenty minutes. We just listened. I didn’t know what to say to him, and I surely didn’t have any biblical knowledge I could lend to help him feel better.
My friends were leading the charge on this one, and I was perfectly fine with their leadership.
I was still trying to grasp the concept of the whole thing. Our job was to knock on doors, introduce ourselves as people from the neighborhood church, and ask them if they wanted or needed prayer for anything. Up until this time, I had hung back, watching and listening as my friends did all the work. I was an apprentice, and they were my mentors.
All good things come to an end eventually.
I remember the day when that came to an end and life as I knew it changed. My friends decided it was my turn to knock on doors. It was my turn to deliver introductions. And it was my turn to offer prayers and pray aloud.
WHAT??!?!?! Who decided this? I didn’t. I never said I wanted to pray aloud. I was doing my job just fine hanging back. My job was learning, watching, and taking it all in – NOT Praying ALOUD with strangers. Yikes!
Guess what? My reasoning didn’t get me very far, and before I knew, we were standing in front of the apartment complex again. All at once, my new friend gave me a friendly shove towards the first door, and the rest is history. I knocked on my first door, and many doors after that and began praying aloud with strangers.
Going through this process felt really good. That same evening, my friend and I sat in her car for awhile talking about the experience, and then we prayed together. At that moment, I had taken another step toward Jesus that evening.
I took another step toward my future and what I was to become. Of course, at the time, I had no idea where the road would lead. But something changed in me that evening, and I developed a little hunger for this prayer thing. I started feeling something, and like the Grinch, “my heart grew three sizes bigger that night.”
I developed a hunger
I wasn’t full of Bible knowledge, but suddenly I had the desire to follow Jesus more and to reach out to others on His behalf. If my friends hadn’t given me that little shove, I don’t know where my life would be today. We met so many interesting people who lived in those apartments, and there were very few, if any, I recall that denied prayer.
You are needed
Luke 10:2 says this, “He told them, “The Harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the Harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Consider the following
Is God asking you to go out into the harvest field?
Have you ever felt like I did, scared, and unsure of how to go about it?
Have you ever felt like you lacked Bible knowledge?
Listen, I did too, but it all changed. I listened, I learned, I observed, and look at what happened to my life. God can do the same for you if you are willing.
Father, today I pray my friends are eager to take the next step in their faith. I pray they make a bold move towards you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.