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April 21, 2008

A prayer on how to persuade people to hear the gospel

by Dave Malnes

The host was tired of excuses. His desire was to have a room full of people enjoying a delicious and festive banquet. Instead, the people he invited chose not to come. The excuses were both lame and hurtful. In haste, he told his servants to “Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.” (Luke 14:23)

When so many people in our world reject God’s invitation to receive his grace, a tear may come to the corner of our eye. We know what they are missing and the consequences of rejection. Yet, our Lord is merciful, patient and persistent.

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God uses Christian believers as instruments to extend an invitation to all people. Notice how the host told his servants to go and “make them come in, so that my house will be full.” To make people come does not mean Christian believers go out and force people, but to lovingly persuade them. The day of the banquet is coming soon. With a sense of urgency, we go out and compel people to accept God’s invitation because there will be a time when the doors of opportunity will be closed forever.

We can go to the Lord and pray, “Dear God, help me sense the urgency in sharing Your love and truth to others. Time is short – I don’t know when  Judgment Day is coming. Help me live out today to the fullest – making use of every opportunity You send my way. Help me not pre-judge people or to be selfish with Your love, but share it freely so that Heaven will be overflowing. Guide and strengthen me to compel people now to come and receive salvation! Amen.

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