Tuesday, December 05, 2006

IOW--Too Distracted for God



"One response was given by the innkeeper when Mary and Joseph wanted to find a room where the Child could be born. The innkeeper was not hostile; he was not opposed to them, but his inn was crowded; his hands were full; his mind was preoccupied. This is the answer that millions are giving today. Like a Bethlehem innkeeper, they cannot find room for Christ. All the accommodations in their hearts are already taken up by other crowding interests. Their response is not atheism. It is not defiance. It is preoccupation and the feeling of being able to get on reasonably well without Christianity."
~ Billy Graham ~


Some of my Christian friends laugh at me when I pray for non-Christian friends for their salvation. They have heard me pray "Lord don't let them sleep soundly until they deal with your gift of salvation." Sometimes I pray "Lord take away their 'toys' that they think they need to make them happy. Make them unhappy if you have to in order to get their attention." These are sincere prayers. Because in the lives of most of my friends who do not choose Jesus, they are not hostile toward Him, they are indifferent. These friends have nice lives. They have upper middle class lifestyles. They can buy all they think they need and most everything they want. And they haven't come to a point of believing they need Jesus. They are distracted by their many interests. So I pray that God will take away their distractions. And it warms my heart when one of these friends tell me that they are having trouble sleeping, or that one of their hobbies isn't as much fun as it once was, or that they aren't enjoying spending so much time at work. I inwardly smile, and sometimes even laugh, because I know that God is softening them and the time is coming for me to share the true meaning of Life. I've seen friends come to know Christ after I prayed this (and no, I don't always get to be the harvester sometimes I just water the seed with prayer). I have other friends I've prayed these prayers for years, but I believe that the time will come.

Distractions. Distractions and easy lifestyles that keep people from believing they need God. But what about those of us who are children of God? Are we free from distractions? I'd venture to say no. In fact, (sheepish grin) I've been having trouble falling asleep. My mind is racing with what I need to accomplish. Busy stuff that is good but not necessarily great in the eyes of God. And once I get to sleep I dream of what I need to do. Until last night. Last night I dreamed that I was in a movie theater and the movie was about choosing Jesus. I dreamed that besides a small handful of us, the theater was filled with people who needed a Personal Savior. And we were more interested in watching the movie than sharing the truth. Distracted by the story instead of telling the story.

Even as I sit here and write this a couple are put on my heart. They need to hear the story of Christmas. My husband and I have been praying for them, but we have not had a real opportunity to share with them. I need to make an effort to have them in our home this holiday season and to share the meaning of Christmas. "Dear Jesus help me not be so distracted by the activities of Christmas that I neglect telling the story to those who need you. Amen."

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13 comments:

Sissy B. said...

In my Psychology class, we talk about the Interpretation of Dreams... with one of the theories being that dreams are a reflection of our daily concerns of life. It appears that you are not,even in your dreams,easily distracted by God's purpose...to tell His story. god gets us back on track in a variety of ways doesn't He? Thanks for being a Prayer Warrier for the unsaved.

kpjara said...

Your heart is spoken so clearly. I remember before I finally gave it 'all' to Jesus...I kept telling one of my 'annoying praying' friends to 'quit praying for me!'.

Thank GOD she never did!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love this I am going to start praying like that for my relatives who are not saved. These relatives have all you could want materially, but they miss out in the most important thing.

Thank you so much for writing. I enjoyed this.

Stacey said...

Oh I love thoe prayers! I never thought about that. Thank you!!

Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) said...

That is a great way to direct your prayers! And this is such a wonderful time of the year to share about Jesus and His saving grace. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love this! There are some that I need to pray for sleeplessness. For myself, I need to pray that my "inn" will always have room. Thank you for this timely post.

The Imperfect Christian said...

Those are the perfect prayers for those who have yet to find Christ! I know it took me losing everything until I reached up and finally accepted all God had to give me. I wish everyone could be so fortunate in being UNfortunate!

eph2810 said...

I am praying with you MiPa :)...I think it is wonderful that you have such compassion for your un-saved friends...

Nic said...

MiPa, I just LOVE how you are directing God to work in the lives of your unsaved friends. It gives me some inspiration for my own prayers for the loved ones of mine who have yet to come to the Savior. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective on this week's IOW. It has definitely given me food for thought. :) HUGS!

e-Mom said...

A timely reminder in the midst of all my daily distractions, thanks. Hey, thanks for adding Chrysalis to your blogroll. Ill check back. Many blessings, e-Mom :~)

Ame said...

you have the most incredible heart!!! i wish you were my neighbor :)

how sad other christians don't see the need to pray for the salvation of others. how beautiful that you do. your words reminded me of amos 4. i love the way you pray for your friends.

may your holidays be full of restful sleep and beauty :)

Jaime said...

wow, I really needed this today.
Thanks for posting this!

Jen said...

I pray for non-Christain friends and family too
especially my mum and dad
sometimes people dont accept until their dieing day
so that spires me on