Pray for an Open Heart
‘As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart.’ Acts 16:14 NLT
We often think that popular or successful people are difficult to win to Christ because they don’t have the same needs as others. But they do. Everyone has an emptiness within them that only God can fill. Consider the story of Lydia: ‘One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth… As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She and her household were baptised, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.’ (Acts 16:14–15 NLT)
Not only did Lydia respond to the Gospel, she opened her home so that others could come and hear it too. Actually in some cases it’s not harder to reach successful people with the Gospel, it’s easier.
They know that to be successful you must be open to new ideas and concepts. And they understand that in order to enjoy continued success, you must stay open to change. Don’t let the fact that someone is not in your friendship group keep you from telling them about Jesus.
Look at what the Bible says: ‘As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart.’ It’s your job to tell them, and it’s God’s job to open their heart! So sow the seed of His Word into their life when you have an opportunity, and rest in the belief that the ‘Lord of the harvest’ will do the rest.
SoulFood: Ezek 37:1–40:9, Lk 1:11–25, Ps 73:1–16, Prov 15:18–21
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018