Today's Devotional Thought
July 11, 2013 by Wendy Foreman
Praying for Jose
His name was Jose and when he stopped us and tears began to well up in his eyes I knew God was already working.
When we got to Costa Rica we were paired up with a church to help hand out the gospel of John, to inform the community of the "Amor con Proposito" (Love with Purpose) church and to spend time praying with them and sharing further if the opportunity presented itself. We didn't know what to expect. The neighborhood was so different and honestly didn't seem all that safe, so I was a little nervous.
We decided to do prayer walks through the neighborhoods and then go back and go door to door. The first house we stopped at we met a woman who was taking care of her little niece who had been hit by a car a few months earlier and was recovering. She wanted us to pray for healing for her niece and also that she would find work. I had the privilege of praying with her. As I held her hands and prayed with her through an interpreter I knew that we were very different women from our looks, to our language to the countries we were from, but somehow that didn't matter. What mattered was that we were two women praying to the heavenly father for a need in her life that was out of her control but wasn't out of His.
As we were leaving her house we started praying over the neighborhood again and we saw a young man sitting in his car. Before we could say anything he asked what we were doing as the pastor shared with him about God's word he began weeping. He told us that his life was a mess. He had a problem with drinking, didn't have a job, and his girlfriend was pregnant. He shared that he had gone to church when he was younger but had stopped going and knew that he needed to go back. He wanted us to pray that he would find work so he could take care of his family and also that he would start going to church again. As my husband began praying with Jose he began weeping even harder. God came down in that moment and was standing right there with us. It was powerful. I had so many different emotions right then. I was so happy that God opened the door for us to speak with this young man. I was sad that his life was so out of control but because of that he was so open to what we had to say about our Jesus. He was desperate and knew that we had what he needed. I didn't see Jose again while we were in Costa Rica, but my prayer will continue to be that he will go to church and get his life together and that he will be the man, the father he should be.
There are so many hurting people around the world and in our own cities and towns that need Jesus. What are we doing to show Him to them? Not everyone can go around the world to tell others about Jesus. But you can tell someone about Him while at the grocery store, the mall or anywhere else you may go. We have something to share that is life changing, it truly is the answer to any problem in this life...
Share it friends!!!