Saturday, October 22, 2011

Prayer Stand Journal - Santa Clarita Public Library

Today, I'm beginning a new, reoccurring blog post that will chronicle some of my experiences while using my Prayer Stand. Because of the sensitive and private nature of some of the things people share with me at the Prayer Stand, no names will be mentioned.

The reason for these posts are two-fold: 1) to share with you, the reader, how the Lord is using the Prayer Stand to minister to others and further His gospel; and 2) to give you the opportunity to join me in praying for the people I meet.  I hope you are encouraged by these posts.

You can also watch a video Eddie Roman (producer of Way of the Master Television and 180) and I put together that gives an overview and review of the Prayer Stand.

When out with the Prayer Stand there are times when I am able to pray with people, on the spot. Other times people simply ask me to pray, take some gospel literature, and leave.

I am very careful how I pray at the Prayer Stand, especially with/for unbelievers. I am careful not leave them with the impression that God will definitely meet their temporal needs, as if He were some genie in a bottle. After all, God does not hear the prayers of the unsaved (Job 35:12-14; Isaiah 1:15; Isaiah 59:1-3). The unbeliever does not pray by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And without faith in Christ it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Rather, the unbeliever is double-minded and unstable in all his or her ways, and as such should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-8). For these reasons, I never ask an unsaved person to pray with me, although they almost always assume an attitude of prayer as I pray for them.

When I have the opportunity to pray aloud at the Prayer Stand with/for an unbeliever, my prayers are primarily focused on the condition of their soul. If I pray for their temporal needs it is in the context of requesting that God meet their needs (or not give them what they want) in such a way as to bring Himself glory and to draw the unbeliever to genuine repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I utilize such opportunities for prayer as a means of reiterating the Law and the Gospel they have already likely heard from me during our conversation prior to the time of prayer.

Santa Clarita Public Library - Friday, October 21, 2011 (0945-1145 hrs)

1. A lady asked for prayer for her family in Mexico. Her father is struggling with alcoholism. She received a gospel tract.

2. A brother in Christ who leads a ministry to shut-ins at a local church asked for prayer for an elderly friend who will soon undergo very serious neck surgery.

3. A sister in Christ who is part of a street ministry to youth asked for prayer for fruitfulness in the ministry.

4. Pray for a man who was late to court (the courthouse is in the same civic center as the library) for a "drinking in public" ticket. He stopped by the Prayer Stand to tell me his story. He stopped by again after his court appearance to share with me how it went. I shared the Law and the Gospel with him. Pray for his salvation.

5. A lady who professed to be a follower of Christ stopped by the Prayer Stand after a court appearance. She is on probation for an incident that occurred two years ago. She wept as she shared her story with me. She is battling some serious emotional/spiritual issues (anxiety, depression, and fear) and is not in fellowship at a local church. I gave her an "In Times of Crisis" gospel tract.

6. A young lady with a toddler in her arms asked for prayer for her husband who was arrested for an outstanding warrant. I began to share the Law and the Gospel with her when she was called away by her parents. She received a gospel tract and a Gospel of John before she left. Pray for her salvation and the salvation of her husband.

7. A sister in Christ asked for prayer regarding a change in her court reporter status. A widow, she has been able to work part-time and raise her children for fourteen years, but the county may require her to assume full-time status.

Many other people received gospel tracts. And several people stopped by just to thank me for being there.