In 1992, at a revival meeting in a little country church the preacher told the story of a woman who kept asking her pastor to pray for her husband. One day this pastor asked the woman, “Have you ever stayed up all night praying for your husband’s soul?” She just looked at him and shook her head no. He then said to her, “If he’s not important enough for you to lose sleep over why would I keep praying for him?”
I left that meeting a changed person.
This past Sonday our Pastor asked, “Is there anything you want so badly that you are willing to sacrifice for it?” All afternoon I thought about that. The question would not go away. A decision was made, deep in my heart.
You see, I have a couple of prodigals that I regularly pray for – are they worth sacrificing for? You bet they are.
Because, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth.
P.S. The photo above is of my grandson, Simon, in the pic about 6 yrs old, now 8 1/2. I just learned he has given up chocolate for Lent – his mom told me he is learning the meaning of sacrifice. Pretty cool, eh?
Donna Morscher says
This lenten season is a great time to practice Prayer and Sacrifice. The Lord spent 40 days and nights praying and sacrificing. We should return His gift to us with thankful hearts.
Carol Knipschield says
WOW! Yes, Yes
Arna Toliver says
Is there anything I want so badly, that I am willing to sacrifice.
The Spirit would say: ” Oh yes!” quickly.
The Flesh would say: ” No way!” before the Spirit can speak.
The “Test” of Love is to obey Him. I have found that there is no way to obey without sacrifice. I know because the flesh has sought everyway possible to get around the sacrifice of dying to self or giving up anything. Only to come to the Truth that someone has to die, that Christ may live. In this world, that someone is me and you. I want to be a living sacrifice, for Jesus. So the question of sacrifice, makes me realize that I still have a long way to go. Lord get me there….I pray. Blessings to All. Arna
What a beautiful and truthful story….. For Lent, I’m not giving up anything,,,Instead, I’m trying to be kinder, gentler to people, especially those that I don’t know. You know the kind, that are mean, rude, selfish. So Lord, I’m giving that for Lent.