To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath me barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. – Jonah 2:6
I would like for you to do me a favor. I got a letter yesterday. It is one of those letters that you really look forward to as a pastor. It is short and it is sweet.
I have already given my response and we are in an ongoing conversation. What I would like for you to do is write your response. If you don’t mind, write the response in a comment on my website www.wednesdaymorningdevotional.com. I plan on showing the person your responses and am praying that this person will read them and take them to heart. I also want this person to know that there are a lot of people who care.
Here is all that the letter said:
If you ever get the chance, I’m ready to submit to the Lord. I’m done running and trying to do things my way. I would appreciate some first step to moving forward in a walk with the Lord.
What is your response?
Lord, I am so praying for my friend this morning. Intervene as only You can with the sweet Holy Spirit that leads us, guides us, and constantly points us in the right direction. I realize it is not anyone’s perfect response that will help this person get on the right track . . . it is You . . . the author of true life. I love You, Lord. My prayer is that this person begins a lifelong love relationship with You. May many, many others come to faith in You because this person has come to faith in You. I pray for all who will respond . . . may You richly bless each person and anoint the words that they write. Amen!
You have already made the first step by writing this letter. Other things you may want to consider are to find a church family, join a Bible study or Sunday School class, and start a daily prayer routine. God loves you very much and wants to be in your life. He will guide you.
Many prayer of thankfulness I know are being lifted up for your choice in asking Jesus into your heart. I can tell you that it is the most wonderful journey you will ever embark on and the destination is gonna be pure glory. I cannot even imagine trying to do it all my way again. There is such an everlasting all encompassing JOY that dwells inside me now no matter the “yuckiness” that may come my way. And yes, there will still be hard times…perhaps even more some days as Satan tries to continue his efforts of misery attacks,BUT I know now that with my Jesus I can get thru any horrible thing thrown at me because He sticks to me tight. Every single piece of my life is better. Some folks I’m sure would say, “my goodness woman look at your health and goodness your kids choices…how can you be full of joy???”. Well..I am. Because of Jesus. I’m full of joy.. confidence and hope. And I cannot wait until He comes and gathers us all! I could go on and on. I Thank God that you want Him in your life.
Awaken each day with the joy of the Holy Spirit that will lead you deeper in the Word. Just start your day in the praise and obedience you learn from the Word. Take on His Peace for your day. Trust Jesus to guide you. In simple faith, He grows us. I’m rejoicing in your decision. Love and prayers,
you can tell them the first most important thing I found was finding some one to help you find God…in my case it was you Mr. Hopkins and I’ll forever be thankful for you. Then get in the word. His word will lead you.
Know that your faith will have strong days as well as weak ones. God loves you more than can be described during all those times. There’s a line in a current song…”On my best days, I’m a child of God. On my worst days, I’m a child of God.”