God Answers Prayer

Growing up, one of my favorite missionaries was a man named Hudson Taylor. Hudson was the first Christian inland missionary to China who’s efforts, I think, have led to the incredible growth of the church we see there today. In fact, I was so touched by his story, that at the age of 5, I was convinced that someday I was going to be a missionary to China. As of now that hasn’t happened, but I’m not ruling out that possibility!

Today I came across a blogpost on a story in Hudson Taylor’s life before he became a missionary to China. In this story, Hudson is working as a medical assistant to a very passionate atheist and his job is to change this atheists bandages every day. Hudson prays for him every day and eventually begins to share the Gospel message with him. The man won’t listen and soon Hudson wonders if he’s doing more harm than good. Finally, Hudson decides to not share and as he’s walking out the door he looks back at the man with tears in his eyes and tells him that he can’t leave without sharing with him the Good News that has changed his life. (You can read the story in more detail here) The man accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord over his life.

How many of you continue to pray and share with someone like this, despite what seems like insurmountable odds? I’m reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” But at the same time, God will not honor our own selfish motivations. James 4:7 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded.” We need to continually honor God with our lives, it’s not enough to simply pray and then expect God to fix all our problems, we need to live a life “worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Eph 4:1)

(HT: Challies)

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