READ Matthew 15: 21-28
My parents were divorced when I was 3 years old. My mother stayed single for many years, yet my father remarried and had two more children with his second wife. My brother and I would live with my mother during the week and visit my father on weekends.
Even though we were with my father on weekends, my mother would always pick us up on Sunday mornings for church. My father and my half siblings have never professed to be Christ followers, but it has been a prayer that I have prayed for many years that they would come to know Jesus.
Through the years we have had many conversations and I have continued to pray for them. Many times, I have played it safe and shied away from inviting them out to church, taking the comfortable silence. This year I was finally bold enough to ask the question. With great surprise they said, “Yes!” and they loved it! My half sister said, if she had a church like ours in her city she would definitely go.
Recently over dinner my father even suggested that we say grace, which I have never heard him say. God is moving in their lives and all it took was the boldness to ask. Just as it was the Canaanite women’s bold faith that moved Christ to heal her daughter, our bold faith can also move the heart of God. Let’s be bold with our prayers, bold in our actions (inviting others to church), and bold in our faith. God will be faithful.
Having bold faith can change your heart and the hearts of others.
Is there someone in your life who needs to know Jesus? Will you have the boldness to ask them to come to church? They just may say yes!
Pray for three people in your life who need to know Jesus Christ. Pray for an opportunity to ask them to church and that God would tear down any obstacles that may hold them back.