Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” —Luke 24:45-49

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. —Matthew 28:18-20

How faithful are you and I in the disciple making process? Recently I had the opportunity to share the gospel with a couple. The wife said that she had never been to a “Protestant” church service. This is getting to be more and more the norm as our culture in the U.S. is becoming less and less literate of God.

Let us pray for people to respond the gospel. It is not that the gospel is not going out, even here in New England… in New Hampshire— it is. I know what New Hope does and we are not a very large group of people and other churches are sharing the gospel as well. We love Jesus and His Word has gone out in many areas. Oh, yes, we need to be praying that the Lord will shine His light into the hearts of those who have heard or read His Word—

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 2:3-6).

We know how God “made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” Without Him shining His light into the heart a person will stay blinded to the gospel by Satan. Let us pray that those who have heard or read the gospel will have God’s light shine in their hearts so they can understand who Jesus is and respond to Him. Yes, let us pray!

Dear Father, as I share Your Good News with people, please shine Your light into their hearts so they will respond and live for Jesus. May this be done in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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