Sunday, September 29, 2013

ARE YOU PRAYING FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS JESUS? Encouragement from author June Foster


GIVE US THIS DAY SUMMARY

Jess Colton gave his life to the Lord but failed to surrender an old habit. Fueled by alcohol, he spent the night with a former girlfriend, ignoring his Christian principles. Convicted of his wrong doing, he quit drinking but discovered another addiction. Now he can't manage his life as his weight soars and diabetes threatens to claim him. Jess is baffled when the beautiful Holly Harrison declares her love.
            Holly Harrison lived  to please herself. But everything changed when a deadly motorcycle accident altered her life forever. Nowhere else to turn, she looked to God for answers. Now, she's convinced no Christian man would find her attractive. She doesn’t plan on falling in love with  the handsome Jess Colton, seeing past his bulk to the godly, tender man within. When Jess drives a wedge between them, she loses hope of a future together.

            Can Holly overcome her handicap? Does Jess find control over his eating and his life? Only God can provide the answers.

ARE YOU PRAYING FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS JESUS?


Is there anyone in your life - friend or family - that you'd love to see come to salvation? Have you been praying for this person for what seems like forever, and sometimes you ask God if He really hears your prayers? I have. And I'd like to encourage you. Don't give up.

Let's see what God's word says. First of all, He wants everyone and that means the person you're praying for, to come to Christ. 11Peter3:9 says "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Just as He waited until you were ready to receive Him, He's waiting to save your friend or loved one when they are, and He absolutely wants them to enter into His Kingdom.

Have you been praying with someone else for that person's salvation? Matthew 18:19 says "If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." I know - God doesn't violate a person's free will and force them to receive salvation, but I'd say that agreement in prayer sounds like a powerful tool in seeking God.

Now Acts 16:31 says "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household." Again, that's no guarantee that another will be saved. But still, this statement is in the Bible and worth considering. If that person you're praying for is a member of your family, I'd take this verse to heart. To me it indicates that there is a good possibility other people in your family will be saved when or after you do.

11Timothy 3:16 says "All scripture is God-breathed." This means it comes from God's own mouth. So if God says something in the Word, we can trust it as truth. Pray for the person who's on your heart and remind God what He says in His word. I believe when you storm Heaven in this way, your loved one doesn't stand a chance to hide from God for long. I've seen it more than once in my own life


MEET JUNE FOSTER
June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day – February 1, 2012, As We Forgive – September 1, 2012, and Deliver Us – April 1, 2013, and Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012. June's book, Ryan's Father, will be available from WhiteFire Publishing January 2014. For All Eternity, Red and the Wolf, and Misty Hollow, God willing, will be published in the near future. June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the issues in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives.