I have a young friend that I have grown to love deeply. She has indeed stolen my heart. Yet with this love, a longing resides. More than anything, I desire her to know Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. One morning, while praying for my sweetheart-friend, I wrote a list of my hopes for her in the days and years to come. These hopes, I’m sure, are the same that you might have if you, too, are in a place of longing for the heart of your child, your spouse, your neighbor, or your friend. If so, let’s hope and prayer together.
My hopeful longing:
–that she would truly BELIEVE with all her heart that GOD IS REAL and the He loves her so much that He sent His Son, JESUS, to save her from her sin and give her ETERNAL LIFE.
–that she would ask Jesus to come in, through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, and take over her heart, and soul, and mind, and strength…her LIFE
–that she would HUNGER and THIRST for GOD’S WORD so that her FAITH would grow each day
–that she would be RADICALLY CHANGED for the sake of the gospel
–that she would clearly recognize the deceit and tactics of the enemy, and FIGHT these lies with God’s word
–that her AMBITION would be to go into her “appointed places” with the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ and that she would use her God-given PERSONALITY and PASSION to draw others to God’s love that is found in Christ alone
–that she would be willing to be DIFFERENT, willing to STAND ALONE, willing to possibly SUFFER ridicule and persecution for her new found HOPE in CHRIST
–that God would go before her and provide two FREINDS, one on her right and one on her left, that BELIEVE and LIVE OUT the Christian faith
— and that God will provide Christian MENTORS that walk faithfully by her side.
I will continue to pray each of these things over this precious life that I have the privilege of knowing. AND I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IN a little GOD! Yes, I will pray in faith believing that the Almighty One will answer each request in a way that is exceedinly and abundatly beyond all that I ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Join me, and let’s stand in the gap for the ones we longingly love.