We each know people we want to know Christ. However, sometimes after praying for them for a while, we give up. We do not see any changes and we really think they will never change; so we begin to think it is useless and we quit praying. That person for me was my father-in-law. Though I gave up, my husband did not. I cannot tell you how much I respect and admire him for the way he consistently prayed for his father. I mean he prayed with passion, with tears, and with his face on the ground. While we were living in Montana, we got a phone call late at night. A friend of ours had visited Dwayne’s father in the hospital several times and ended up introducing him to his new Savior, Jesus Christ! The joy for Dwayne was unexplainable.
That experience showed me the importance of not giving up in prayer. It also taught me what we miss out on when we do. When Dwayne’s Dad became a Christian, Dwayne got to be a participant in that blessing. His faithful praying made him an active servant in God’s work and blessing. I, on the other hand, was an observer to God’s work and God’s blessing. I so wanted to jump ship and be a participant but I could not because I did not invest myself in prayer previously: I had chosen to be an observer.
Prayer allows us to have an active part in God’s work and blessing. Don’t cheat yourself by going through life only observing God’s activity. Invest yourself in prayer, in others, and in God. It is your choice: are you going to observe or participate?
Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working”
John 5 17