Praise the Lord, we recently had two professions of faith from people that we have been meeting with over the last few months. At the beginning of January I was reading through the first chapters in Matthew, and I was struck by the story of the disciples leaving their nets and their father to follow Jesus. So in my prayer time I prayed for a number of contacts, including a man named “Jim,” that they would do the same. We had been meeting with Jim for a while, and he cognitively agreed with the gospel. In fact, he had already received some rejection from his family for even reading the Bible. But he wasn’t ready to take the next step in genuine faith and commitment. But that very afternoon I received a message from him saying he was ready to begin. He was leaving everything behind, and he wanted to know how to start.
Two weeks later we sent out a prayer update to our supporters and included the story of Jim. We also asked for prayer for a lady named “Stella” that seemed close to faith. The very next day after asking for specific prayer, I received a text from Stella saying she was ready to believe. Like Jim, we met with her and rejoiced in her decision.
In both of these stories, we are reminded of the primacy of prayer in our work. Both professions of faith came as an answer to specific prayer.