Pray for the Harvest
One of my favorite things to do in ministry is a teaching call where I share from the Bible how a person becomes a Christian. One of the greatest joys in life is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! On a Tuesday afternoon in June, I had two teaching calls back to back. One was with a lady who thought that in order to be a member of this church, she had to be baptized again. As we were making our way through the Scriptures in the teaching call, she came to the realization that she did not need to be baptized again. She knew in her heart she became a Christian when she was baptized earlier in her life. When she left from the teaching call, she possessed a greater confidence in the salvation that Jesus provided for her. She was really smiling!
That teaching call was followed by another teaching call with a twenty-year old young man by the name of Jake. Jake had been raised in a different kind of religion. He had been sprinkled when he was a baby. He knew about Jesus, but he did not know anything about grace. As we made our way through the teaching call, many light bulbs were going off as he grasped the meaning of the Gospel of Jesus. At the conclusion of the call, I asked Jake where he thought he was with regard to a decision to become a Christian. He said that he was ready to be baptized into Christ. Then, I asked him when he would be ready to do that. I also suggested that we could do it right now, or we could wait until Sunday. He said that he wanted to be baptized right then. Since Jake was a childhood friend of our Preaching Intern, Conor, I suggested that Conor baptize him. He said that he would really like that. So, Conor, Jake, and I went to the baptistry for Jake’s baptism. After that, we went out and celebrated by eating at Ramsey’s.
In light of our present sermon series on prayer, I share these stories for the purpose of asking you all to pray. Ask our Lord to provide many more opportunities for teaching calls to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I make this request of you in the confidence of I John 5:14-15 which says, “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked of Him” (NASB). We know with full confidence it is God’s will that people be saved. So, with confidence in this request, please ask our Heavenly Father to provide many more teaching calls. With confidence in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!