So I get calls and requests all the time to come and pray for some one’s son or husband or uncle or friend. People ask me to travel to the hospital their loved one is in or they bring them to church and ask me to pray for them after service or more recently they ask me to travel across the country to where their loved one is. Prayer requests are normal and I enjoy praying for people and I enjoy talking with people that desire to be spoken to. People that are seeking Jesus with open hearts and minds are a delight to minister to and are part of every Christian’s calling. People that are merely curious about the gospel are also part of that calling. These groups of people are encapsulated in Jesus’ great commission of the disciples and all followers to go and preach the gospel to the four corners of the world, however, I often get asked to go and talk to people that want nothing to do with Jesus in which my answer is almost always no because they will not receive the word into their hearts. As you gasp and think that L.J. Griffin is a not a nice guy and doesn’t want to win people to the Kingdom you need to first realize that I, nor is any man or woman of God, more powerful than the faith that is being applied by you, the requestor, and by the recipient in any given situation. The biblical reference for this is Jesus and Peter praying for people in which the nonbelievers and those who did not have the faith to see or produce a miracle were asked to leave the room. Yesterday when I was asked to go to Florida to pray for someone’s uncle I did not immediately say no I merely began to ask a series of questions. The first question normally always is, “why don’t you talk to them?” to which the response normally is always “they won’t listen to me”. My follow up to this response is, “Why won’t the listen to you?” and really I know the answer to the question or at least believe I do because ninety-five percent of the time it is going to be one of two responses one of which is that their loved one rejects the gospel and the other is that they are living a life that causes many to not want to receive their witness. The person does not say that they are living contrary to the gospel they merely divert to some other reason and when I drill down they continue to divert. In this case the requester is hoping that I will be able to break through to this person where they only see a roadblock. The fear here is that if they press on the loved one’s current sin then their loved one will begin to bring up their current or past sin. The request within itself reveals that the person that truly needs the talking to is not the relative of the requestor but in fact the requestor themselves. They need to get over their past mistakes if that is holding up their bold witness or begin to live a righteous life so that everyone around them can see the transforming power of Jesus Christ. At that point, they will be able to speak to their relatives and anyone else about Jesus and the holy spirit will guide them and transform all surrounding situations.
They don’t need a minister because ministers do not have magical access to the Holy Spirit what they need is a deeper relationship with Jesus so that they can be ministers of the gospel bringing light to wherever they go. We should seek to not bring people to church first, but first be the church to people and let the light draw them into fellowship. Ministers are not magical, but if you seek to read your bible, go to church twice or more a week and tell people about Jesus the SameGod that empowers your go-to minister to change lives will empower you to change lives in the same way or possible even a greater way.
Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version (NIV)
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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 10:14New International Version (NIV)
14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
36There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.37About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. 38But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”
39So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them. 40But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! 41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.
42The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord. 43And Peter stayed a long time in Joppa, living with Simon, a tanner of hides.
35 While Jesus was saying this, some messengers came from Jairus’ house and told him, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the Teacher any longer?”
36 Jesus paid no attention to[a] what they said, but told him, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” 37 Then he did not let anyone else go on with him except Peter and James and his brother John. 38 They arrived at Jairus’ house, where Jesus saw the confusion and heard all the loud crying and wailing. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this confusion? Why are you crying? The child is not dead—she is only sleeping!”
40 They started making fun of him, so he put them all out, took the child’s father and mother and his three disciples, and went into the room where the child was lying. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her,“Talitha, koum,” which means, “Little girl, I tell you to get up!”
42 She got up at once and started walking around. (She was twelve years old.) When this happened, they were completely amazed. 43 But Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone, and he said, “Give her something to eat.”