Pray Through Pentecost – Day 17 #PTP #Alittlemoretoday

27 May, 2014

Post By : David Lindner

Last week, as the staff went out to lunch after our Monday morning staff meeting, we ran into one of my old professors from Multnomah. He retired not long after I graduated, so he was enjoying his second meal of the day in this restaurant with his wife.

We had a little conversation with him as we were waiting for our food. There was one thing he said that struck all of us. Even in retirement, he is looking for opportunities to talk about Jesus with people every day. He told us that every morning he wakes up and prays that God would give him opportunities to talk about Jesus. And, he said that he almost always gets that opportunity.

It’s such a simple prayer. But it’s more than a prayer. What it is, is a way of viewing the day. 

When you wake up and ask God to give you opportunities to talk about Jesus, what you’re doing is asking God to be present in your life during the day. And it’s not just a presence like a ghost or some kind of creepy paranormal thing. It’s a presence that helps guide your mind and thoughts. It’s like having a conversational tour guide in your life.

“God give me opportunities today to talk about Jesus.” 

You’re not asking God to make opportunities for you to cram Jesus down someone’s throat. You’re not asking for the confidence required to wave a sign, wear a shirt or put on the bumper sticker. You’re asking God to give you opportunities to talk about Jesus.

Opportunities to talk about what Jesus has done for you. A chance to talk about how Jesus has changed your life. A chance to talk about how knowing Jesus has been the single-most important thing for you. You don’t have to present an eloquent argument. You don’t have to outwit them into having faith in Jesus. All you have to do is share with them why you have so much hope.

“God give me opportunities today to talk about Jesus.”

You’re asking God to give you opportunities to talk about Jesus in the same way Peter said we should:

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1 Pet. 3:15) 

How would your day be different if you asked God to give you opportunities each day to talk about Jesus? What if the first prayer you uttered every day was this one:

“God give me opportunities today to talk about Jesus.”

Author David Lindner

David Lindner

I am blessed to be able to serve SixEight as the Lead Pastor. As a pastor, my first aim is to follow God, my primary ministry is to my wife and 4 kids. They are amazing! When it comes to our church family, I get the pleasure of leading our church to follow God. This is truly a gift that God has given to our family, and we are honored and humbled to serve Him in this capacity at SixEight!

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