Draw Me Close To You
Therefore Jesus answered them, 'Don't murmur among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. John 6:43 WEB
I could see from the look on some people's faces that their greatest wish on Earth, was for me to stop telling them about Jesus. At other times, I have seen people come to me of their own accord and shakily say: 'I want what you have.' I have witnessed to people and tried my best to convince them that Jesus is real, and just got a dismal gaze of pure boredom, while others could not wait for me to pray with them.
Why the inconsistency? It is because the Lord draws some and not others to Him at that time. He may draw them later, and I believe that we can help by praying for them to be drawn to Him. The Lord has to open their hearts and minds for them to understand the truth, or it will remain veiled from them. Here are two examples:
'He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Jesus answered him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven' (Matthew 16:15'17).
Peter recognized that Jesus was the Son of God, then Jesus told him that this was revealed to him by the Father. Most of the people could not see that.
'A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul' (Acts 16:14).
Lydia understood what Paul was preaching because the Lord opened her heart to understand it, while many others around them, though they heard the same words, did not.
If you have people you want to come to the Lord, then pray for Him to draw them, and for their hearts to be opened. You will not have to give long-winded speeches or persuade them to believe when the right time comes.
When the Father draws them, they will soon be witnessing to you about the goodness of God and they will be inviting you to go to church with them. I also believe that we can pray for the Lord to draw our hearts to Him as well, for no one comes to Jesus except the Father draws them.Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You draw my family and I to You. Open our hearts to understand the gospel, please help us to see beyond the natural and fill us with Your Holy Spirit. May we all come to know You and be saved, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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