Grace Family Church is on Day Three of Twenty One Days of prayer and fasting. It is a great time for our church to really believe for people in our life to come into a relationship with Christ.
One of the creative aspects that was developed was the idea of a chalk wall of names. On all of our campuses, people were encouraged to write down the name of someone they would like to pray for during the fast.
One Day One, I walked in to a very silent building at 5:15 am. Our maintenance team already had the doors unlocked. I flipped the lights on and the front of the stage brightened to show all the names written from the Saturday night audiences. I walked up to the dusty front and stood there in the silence.
These are people. Real people. Real Lives. The Bible says that God knows every one of them. Jeremiah 1: 5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Not only knows them – He formed them to have unique talents, gifts and a purpose. Another verse says “God knows how many hairs you have on your head. Do not be afraid.” Luke 12:7 Someone wrote that name and God knew the exact number of hairs on their head.
As I stood in the silence looking at the names, I had one more question. I wondered if a person would just think about that individual but never do the next step…or any step for that matter? I wrote down a name. I put down a person I have known for twenty-two years. I don’t remember asking them about their relationship with God. I talked about being a pastor, the church, some of the cool things about God but did I ever ask them about their relationship? The answer was no. I have talked about God with many people over the years…but not this one.
Week One was about God working on ourselves. In that silence, I decided to take the step. I decided that I can’t reach everyone but I can reach one. You have the same challenge. All of us run through our days intersecting with a myriad of lives. So many people each day. Will you slow down long enough for one person to ask them about Jesus?
What will you do for the one?