Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

@HOME – 5/21

Praying For Your Family To Come To Christ

 

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. (Romans 9:1 & 2)
Do you have a burden for your family to be saved? The Apostle Paul did. When the rich man died and went to hell, he was burdened for his family. ( Luke 16:19 ) When Paul led the Philippian jailer to Christ, the man went and brought back his family to hear the good news.( Acts 16:25 ) so let me ask you again.. Do you have a burden for your family to know Christ? There are 3 truths in this text that I believe are essential to your family coming to Jesus.

Intercede For Your Loved One

According to Ezekiel 22:30, God looked for one man to stand in the gap—to make up the hedge. There is a distinction between prayer and intercession. Prayer is a form of intercession, but it is a position rather than a petition. We gain that position by standing in the gap, making up that hedge on behalf of someone else. When Paul says, “My conscience also bearing me witness,” he had his family on his conscience, not just on his mind. Interceding means we take an active role in the salvation of our family members. Intercession should produce action, causing us to stand in the Holy of Holies on behalf of someone else.

Involve Yourself With Your Loved One

You cannot minister to your family or for that matter any lost soul from a sense of detachment. You can give and you can pray, but you can’t intercede. You cannot separate intercession from involvement. These two threads of the three fold cord fold over each other. Involving means spending time with them. It’s doing things together. It’s entering into their world. It’s picnics, outings, ballgames, movies, luncheons, and shopping trips.

Integrity Seen By Your Loved One

Finally, you must have integrity in your life. Paul talks about his conscience. Paul says,” I…wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren.” ( 9:3 NASB ) The integrity of his life made others know Paul was the real deal. He wept with them, and for them. It wasn’t a job, or profession with him. It was his life. The tongue in his shoe and the tongue in his mouth went the same direction. He walked his talk, and he talked his walk. Do you want to see your loved ones come to Christ? Try these 3 things… Intercession.. Involvement… Integrity. It’s what brings the gospel to them.
-Pastor Ken Whitten