God has been gracious in answering prayers. The biggest, most obvious one has been the renewal of my prayer life, revitalized by The Autobiography of George Muller that I’ve been reading lately. Seeing the greatness and faithfulness of God in Muller’s life is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read. I’ve never come across a book with such an impact on my heart, Bible aside. It has driven my to my knees with an inflamed passion to pray and draw others to prayer. If you’ve never read it, you need to. It will change your life.
Secondly, our meet on the Fallbrook High School campus, IMPACT, was highly attended. This was a gracious answer to prayer. Many students got to hear the gospel. My prayer is that the seed of the gopsel that has been planted would flourish, and that many would be saved. Nothing is too hard for God.
Also, last night five of us prayed for the youth ministry like we usually do on Wednesday nights. As soon as we were done praying, several Jr. High students burst into the room, two of whom we had just been praying for by name. We played a few games and then went and talked about the gospel. There was one little boy named Louis, who was so afraid of hell that he started to cry and I taught. His brothers tried to cover his ears, but I told them to let him listen. I have never seen such a young boy so afraid of hell before. Eventually I was able to tell everyone about Jesus Christ. The boy listened intently. Afterwards, I had him sit next to me. He began asking questions like “What if I forget?” and “What if I still sin?” We got to talk about eternal security, and how God forgives our sins and give us the righteousness of Christ. I told him that the Bible is God’s word to us, and it tells us how we ought to live. The boy, who was hispanic, and was young enough that he was still learning to read English, told me he would get his brother or his mom to read it to him.
After the meeting ended, the kids left and were beginning to walk home when suddenly I heard them running back up the stairs to our meeting room. The boys again burst through the door with little Loius, tears now dried up. He intently asked me, “Can I have a Bible?” I rejoiced in my heart and gladly gave him one. And as abruptly as they came, they left.
I am going to finished with a quote from George Muller’s autobiography, which has been a source of encouragement to me:
“It appears to me that believers generally have expected far too little present fruit from their labors among children. They hope that the Lord will some day confirm their instruction and answer their prayers which they offer up on the children’s behalf. The Bible assures us in that everything we do for the Lord, including bringing up children in the fear of the Lord, our labor is not in vain. We have to guard against thinking that it does not matter whether we see present fruit or not. On the contrary, we should give the Lord no rest until we see fruit. Therefore, in persevering yet submissive prayer, we should make our requests known to God. I am now looking for many more children to be converted.” (pg. 132-133)