“Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that Thou art the LORD God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again” (1 Kings 18:37).
Yesterday we thought about this prayer raised by Elijah on Mt. Carmel on behalf of the people of Israel. He wanted them to know the Lord in a personal and powerful way. What an incredible prayer it was. When you really think of it, this is just the prayer and concern that you and I really need to have for others. A few days ago I was speaking with one of the retired missionaries of Baptist Church Planters. She and her husband are in their nineties. When I phoned, she told me that her husband had gone to McDonalds to purchase his lunch and strike up a conversation about the Lord because he is so concerned for the people in his community. It was a bitterly cold day in their state. He is a very elderly man. But he was so burdened for the people in his town, he went to share the gospel with them at lunch at McDonalds. I am convicted and challenged by such concern. How about you?
For today: Help me not to be so busy, Lord, that I no longer see people in need around me.