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DocReits October 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hey Derek,

Thank you so much for such an inspiring message. You state: “Let us all agree together that praying for the lost is something that we should be doing daily”

Amen! How refreshing to hear a believer who “gets” the meaning of “saved” and understands why Jesus said we should pray regarding to the Father, “Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”. It is the Father’s Will that “all should be saved”(1 Tim 2:3,4). Unfortunately, many in the church think salvation means getting a seat at the table now, getting cool stuff, like good health, a good job, a wonderful, happy life, etc.

Then when the doctor says, “cancer”, the boss lays you off and the wife packs up and leaves we get disillusioned (mad) at God because the “cool stuff” that was “supposed” to be the “salvation package” was not delivered. The false conversion becomes exactly that, as we walk away from Christ.

That is precisely why it is so important that we are careful as Christians to present the whole Gospel message. As you so well explained, salvation “means” exactly what it says. We are saved “from” something. We are not saved “to” something. When a person sees their plight (separation from God as a result of breaking His laws…sin… and the hell that awaits as a consequence) then repentance (turning) from sin and a turning to the Savior in faith is the next step in the born again experience. When we make this response we are born again and God takes up residence, by His spirit, within us.

Unfortunately if we do not understand what we are saved “from” we will not see the need to turn from sin and cling to the savior. When we do understand salvation then, when the going gets tough (the lost job, wife, health, etc), we will still hold on to Jesus all the more tightly realizing that we ultimately do get that seat at the Father’s table but more importantly, we avoid separation from God for all eternity in hell. A mere doorman, inside the Kingdom then, is very precious.

Jesus never promised us a “happy” life here on earth. On the contrary He promised us persecution and tribulation (2 Tim 3:12) for “all who will live Godly in Christ Jesus”. Joy follows for the Christian because we know our final destination…but Jesus promised troubles ahead for the believer in this life.

I often think of the testimony and stoning of Stephen (Acts 7: 54-60). His physical life ended not very “happy” for him but he , like Christ (Heb 12:2), saw the joy that lay before him, and endured his own cross to obtain a better reward.

Are we not suffering persecution? For myself, I ask daily, why not?

A brother,


Derek Hill October 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Wow! That was an awesome comment DocReits! AMEN! Thank you so much for your inspiring and encouraging words. You are so right, we are not promised an easy life. In fact we must “take up our cross daily”. This isn’t supposed to be easy. Thanks again brother! God bless you!

Michael Kampff October 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Love the post, and DocReits’ comment. All I would add is an emphasis on action.

Yes, Jesus promises us persecution and tribulation, but those things won’t come about because we are praying. They come about because of our actions in the public eye.

As Christians, prayer is our blessed opportunity to commune with Christ, and to align our will with His. However, it’s our actions and behavior that are the fruit of our faith, and Christ works through us, not instead of us, to reach the lost. If we think about it, the enemy would love nothing more than idle Christians whose action is locked in prayer.

Prayer is communion. Become a conduit for His love through submitting your will to His will, and the fruit of that faith will be ACTION.

Peace brothers

Sharon January 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

I’m married with 3 grown children . 2 are married and doing well, the third is 26, a felon with a 2 year old and in a relationship with the mother of his child but they don’t get along. He can’t hold down a job, she is supporting them, with our help, I’m at my wits end for what to do. I pray every day, things just don’t get better!

Renee February 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I’m praying for your son right now, Sharon.

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