Spiritual Development

Kneading Prayers Unto Salvation

Well, it’s Sunday morning, and I’m still thinking about last Sunday’s bible study passage.  I have been thinking about it all week and have sat down on multiple occasions to share it with you.  As I was procrastinating in the kitchen a couple of days ago, the Lord reminded me the enemy does not want His message proclaimed.  So by God’s grace, I am finally putting down my thoughts before I attend today’s bible study and praying for you as you read.

Last Sunday during our morning Bible study, we read the following verses in the book of Luke:

He [Jesus] said, therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to?  It’s like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches.”

Again He said, “What can I compare the kingdom of God to?  It’s like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through the entire mixture.” Luke 13:18-21

A lady in the class shared how she has been praying for the salvation of a few individuals faithfully each day.  Her tears as she shared one of the people she is currently praying for triggered in me how her example related to these verses.

The mustard seed represents individuals who still need to hear the gospel to come to salvation.  The yeast represents our continual, daily prayers for these individuals.  If anyone has kneaded bread, you know how the repetition can become tedious and seemingly hopeless.  Once the yeast has reached all the areas, it begins to rise.  So it is with our prayers for salvation for all our family, friends, and the world.

After the worship service on Sunday, this same dear lady received the blessing and joy of seeing her endless time of kneading prayers for an individual she had never met.  God allowed her not only the opportunity to meet the individual but also lead them in the prayer of salvation.  What joy, what faithfulness, what a great God we serve!

Throughout the week as I have meditated on these verses, God has continued to press upon my heart the urgency and the desire for me to knead prayers on behalf of individuals in my own life unto salvation.  The focused prayer through the OneCry prayer guide on Thursday reminded me that God sets this same example.

Just as Jesus “always lives to make intercession” for those who draw near to God through Him, pray that we too will exalt and honor Jesus by joining Him in praying for those around us who are being saved (Hebrews 7:25).

We can not save, but God does desire for us to be a part of the salvation of souls through prayer.  As 2017 comes to an end, will you join me in praying for the salvation of the souls around us?

Father God, You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ to this earth as a baby.  Christ lived the perfect life and then died on the cross for my sin and the sin of the world.  You raised Him on the third day, and now He is in heaven at Your right hand interceding on our behalf.  Help me to join You in intervening for the lives of individuals.  Give me the strength to continue to knead prayers on their behalf when my strength fails.  May great rejoicing break forth in the heavens when one of Your children surrenders their life to You.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.  Hebrews 7:25

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