A popular movie was recently released depicting the efforts of a group of United States special forces who went to Afghanistan just five weeks after terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Most people remember where they were when they saw the towers fall and the feelings we experienced knowing that more than 3,000 of our fellow citizens perished in those attacks.
I was in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fast forward two years, March 2003, when country recording artist, Darryl Worley, came out with a song which posed the question “Have you forgotten?” The lyrics were a powerful reminder of how short our memories can be – even when it comes to historic events. “Have you forgotten how it felt that day, to see you homeland under fire and her people blown away …”
In keeping with the same theme, I’d like to ask a similar question – have we forgotten how to pray for those who don’t know Jesus? We know how to pray for those who are sick. Our prayer lists are full of family and friends who are ill and need a healing touch from the Lord. Don’t misunderstand, it is good and right that we pray for those who are ill – but if you comb through those lists, you’ll find very few who have requested prayer for someone who is lost.
The Lord is burdening my heart regarding praying for those who do not know Christ who I pass every day. I may never meet them, but that doesn’t matter. They may never come to my church, but that’s not the point. The point is there is a heaven to be gained and a hell to avoid so how can I pass the same people day after day after day and be so preoccupied, so calloused as to not think about where they will spend eternity?
Please don’t misunderstand, this is a work in progress, God is teaching me how to turn down the radio and tune into Him and pray for the person beside me at the traffic light. I don’t know a thing about them – but God does. I pray for the people in the offices I pass and ask God to give us the opportunity to get His truth inside their hearts and inside their homes. I thank God for the person I see waiting at the bus stop that they have the same value in God’s eyes as a Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or some A List celebrity. Do I value them enough to pray for them?
Have we forgotten that one of the primary reasons we’re still here is to share the truth with those who still live in darkness? I pray not.
The good news is God has not forgotten about them and neither should we. I invite you to join me in a regularly praying for those you pass every day. God notices them and so should we.
“As for me, the LORD forbid that I should sin against him by no longer praying for you …” 1 Samuel 12:23 (TEV)