Saturday Focus: Pray for the growing of our relationships with those who do not know Christ.
You who loved the world so much that you personally suffered to reconcile it back to yourself, we seek after your heart today. Thank you for the relentless grace that has changed our lives. Thank you that we can do nothing to make you love us more or love us less. Thank you for your blood shed and the price paid in full. Thank you that “all this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). So we embrace gladly your reconciling love — not only in us, but through us. Open doors today for conversations with people outside of Christ. Help us to take time to cultivate authentic friendships with those those within our cirlce of acquaintance who do not know you. Give us courage this year to venture outside of whatever Christian bubble we might be trapped in. Make us creative and intentional in reaching spiritually lost people. You who is “reconciling the world to [yourself] in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19), would you make us ‘hands-on’ agents of that reconciling work? Would you allow each of us the privilege of personally leading someone to Christ over these next few months? Would you let your compelling love become a like a hunger inside of us that will not be satisfied until those we know find Christ? To this end and for their sakes we receive the gift of your Spirit to anoint and empower us, in Jesus name, Amen.