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Do not give up on a Child of God

Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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I know this may sound weird and outlandish to say do not give up on the vilest of sinner and the darkest person that you may know in your home, church, school, work or community. In my world, I have seen and come to know evil and discontent to be the guiding light for most people.

As I have often known, that God looks on the heart and not the outward appearance.

I was born and raised in Jamaica and very early in my life, I had three girlfriends that life had taken us into various directions. Anyway, we are all here in the United States except for one.  The reason I mentioned this is that one of my friend, we grew up in the church together and we have always been together.

Eight years ago, I migrated from Jamaica to this land but we have always kept in touch.  Her father is a pastor and in my childhood days, I remembered that he was always on fire for Jesus.  I found that very attractive.  As a child, I would say I want that fire and I want to be sold-out to Jesus as he seemed.

Well that happened almost two years ago when I said enough is enough. I am tired of doing it my way.

I gave Jesus my all without looking back. While going through discipleship my dear friend was also going through some challenges and everything I learnt in my session I would say it back to her.

She wanted to serve God but….

Well I kept praying and I could clearly remember every time I go on the internet the Holy Spirit would nudge me to pray for my girlfriend.  In fact, that was how Prayer Works Café started on the internet. I was no longer on the train and I often sought the Lord about what to do and who to pray for?

One day the answer came in a question. Who is praying for these people on the internet? Pray for the persons who come up on you Facebook page.

There were moments in our relationship that I would literally get tired and I would not know how to encourage my dear friend to go on.  We prayed, we talked, we cried but there was something in me that told me that it is going to be different soon.

If you know me, you would know that soon for me meant right now, literally the next minute. Anything else would be like eternity.

Therefore, as you can imagine I sometimes was impatient with the process. In these precious moments God was still on the job.  He was working things out.

Weeks would sometimes go by and we would not speak but I would be praying.

It was about two months ago I called because the Holy Spirit said I should let her be an administrator within the group.

She accepted.

In the same breath she mentioned I just told God that I want to be sold out for his will. We prayed and laughed.

Today I thank God that I was not shortsighted in the Spirit and I did not give up on my friend.  Her life has become a true testimony for the Lord. God is awesome. Hearing her in the morning brings tears to my eyes. Thank you, Lord for her life…

Is there anyone you have given up on or about to give up on?

Is there anyone that you are thinking there is no grace to cover their sins…?

God looks on the heart and as I once heard see Jesus and the good in people and leave the rest to God. He does the changing and we are all children of God.

Patience In Prayer

While I was in my devotion and seeking God for the direction for Prayer Works Café and sensing in the spirit that some members were perhaps at the end of the rope, feeling rejected and like God has somehow forgotten their situations, I came upon this article. The night before, I was up very late talking with members from the group and speaking life into various situations that seem dead in the lives. It came to me that everything is possible with God and no matter what our circumstances are we should trust God and persevere in prayer. Hence, I feel the need to share this article with you.

My intension is for you to understand the purpose of preserving in prayer. In prayer there is a certain posture that is delineated in the writer’s comment and I quote “Prayer in its highest form and grandest success assumes the attitude of a wrestler with God” and as praying believers, we should assume this position and preserve. This is powerful. Enjoy!

“God rewards persevering faith. For example, Samuel’s mother Hannah persevered in prayer, and God gave her a son. Faithful to her promise, she gave her son back to God. Without continuance the prayer may go unanswered. Importunity is made up of the ability to hold on, to press on, and to wait with unrelaxed and unrelaxable grasp, restless desire and restful patience. Importunate prayer is not an incident but the main thing, not a performance but a passion, not a need but a necessity.

Prayer in its highest form and grandest success assumes the attitude of a wrestler with God. It is the contest, trial and victory of faith; a victory not secured from an enemy, but from Him who tries our faith that He may enlarge it, who test our strength to make us stronger. Few things give quickened and permanent vigor to the soul as a long exhaustive search of importunate prayer.

It makes an experience, an epoch, a new calendar for the spirit, a new life to religion, a soldierly training. The Bible never wearies in its pressure an illustration of the fact that the highest spiritual good is secured as the return of the out-going of the highest form of spiritual effort. There is neither encouragement nor room in the Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, lazy attitudes; all must be strenuous, urgent, and ardent. Inflamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight heaven. God would have His children incorrigible in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts. Our seasons of importunate prayer cut themselves, like the print of diamond, into our hardest places, and mark with ineffaceable traces our characters. They are the salient periods of our lives, the memorial stones which endure to which we turn.

Pray and never faint is the motto Christ gives us for praying. It is the test of our faith; and the severer the trial and the longer the waiting, the more glorious the result. How long do you hang on when it comes to praying for a specific need or desire? Do you give up of do you persevere? Try keeping a list of what you pray for and when, and how God answers and when?

Supporting scriptures: Psalm 5:1-3, 40:1, 55:17, 116:2, Luke 11:5-10, 18:1-8, Ephesians 6:18″ (Max Lucado el al)