I often find myself reading something and thinking, "That sounds like a great idea, but does it actually work?" Many of you may be wondering the same thing after reading my post in yesterday's blog "The Power of Prayer". Sounds great, but does it work? Wanna hear some stories?
How about a Sunday School class of high school girls from Mannford, Oklahoma. Their teacher asked them if they would like to start praying for the salvation of their lost friends. The class put together a list and wrote the names of their friends on a poster. The following Wednesday was "See You At the Pole". One of the boys on their list walked by and asked what was going on. One of the girls talked with him and invited him to come to their See You At the Pole rally that night at church. That evening, he got saved.
The following Sunday, he invited his friend to come to church with him. While in Sunday School, his friend got saved too. Within one week of making their list… two people made a profession of faith in Christ. Coincidence? I don't think so. Yes, that pic to the right is of the two boys, Chase and Chance, proudly standing in front of the poster that the Sunday School class put together. Their names are circled.
I could tell you about the 11 year old girl from Hugo whose Sunday School teacher asked her class to pray for their friends who do not know Jesus. She prayed for her best friend and then invited her to attend Sunday School with her the next week. Three weeks later, her friend accepted Christ as her personal Savior.
Then there is the lady at a church in Oklahoma City whose best friend was strung out on prescription drugs. Her class put her friend's name on their class prayer list and they invited her to join their Sunday School class. A month later, the class rejoiced as this young woman turned from drugs and turned to Jesus.
Imagine sharing a prayer request with your class for your son-in-law, who had been arrested and convicted of dealing drugs, and had been sent to prison. Put yourself in the shoes of this senior adult lady as, week after week, her Sunday School class prayed through the list of names on their evangelistic prayer list, and they prayed for the protection and salvation of her loved one serving his prison term. Now imagine the scene in class one Sunday when this saintly mom and grandmother took the highlighter from her teacher's hand and marked her son-in-law's name off their evangelistic prayer list. He got saved in a prison Bible study! Yes, that's the list to the left… there are 77 names on the list… and 22 names are highlighted as having made a profession of faith in the year that this list stayed up on the wall in this ladies' Sunday School class.
Leading your class to pray for the salvation of their friends and neighbors is leading your class to step out in faith and exercise their belief that God really does want people to come to faith in Him. It is exhilarating as a group to be part of the supernatural work of salvation. This is the edge of faith that so often we shy away from, both personally and as a group. But it is this act of obedience that so often turns our groups from holding pens for Christians into rescue boats for believers.
I really believe that many of the people in our groups are yearning for that experience that is beyond human definition. Something that only can be described as a supernatural act of God.
We have a bookmark which you can order from the BGCO that includes how to pray for the lost on one side of the bookmark, and room for your class members to write the names of people they are praying for on the reverse side. These bookmarks are available at a cost of $10 for a packet of 50. To order a packet, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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