Do you pray for friends to be saved?

Spend time in the Lord’s presence praying for yourself.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
(Psalm 51:10-13 bold mine)

A Stranger’s Generosity

I made a new friend in our building’s laundry room last week. I had loaded a huge pile of wet clothes into a dryer, then realized I had no money. A woman noticed my dilemma, held our her laundry card and said, “Here, use mine!”

Her generosity reminds me of God’s, who gives good gifts to people who don’t yet know him.

“Before they call, I will answer”  (Isaiah 65:24).

 

Feeling Far From God?

David felt that way, so he prayed: “I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest” (Psalm 22:2).

He also prayed truth: “You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted and you delivered them” (Psalm 22:3-4).

Pray honestly, and remember what’s true. God “has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’ ” (Hebrews 13:5).