One of the hardest things to accept as a Christian is a family member who will not accept the gift of Jesus. After years of praying for my family and sharing God’s love, I began to see God’s hand at work. My little brother began to have random people tell him that he needed to give his life to Christ.
One night while escaping from a friend’s house that was being robbed at gunpoint, my brother ran to a house for help. In the middle of the house’s yard was a large sign that read, “Jesus Saves.” The owner of the house helped my brother; and the following day, the man called to check on him.
The man began to tell my brother about Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us. The man also told my brother that he needed to give his life to the Lord. About six months later while talking to my best friend about my brother, I found out that he was the same man that she had been witnessing to for some time now.
My friend and her family would specifically visit with my brother and witness to him. I realized that I wasn’t the only person praying for my brother’s salvation. His salvation was also in my friend’s and her family’s prayers. Though the process was long, my brother finally became a Christian. Through the prayers and actions of compassionate Christians, he finally received Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Now my brother and I have teamed up and are praying for the salvation of the rest of our family; and though the process may take a while, we know that God’s love will eventually touch their hearts.
“Brothers, children of Abraham, and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is up to us that this message of salvation has been sent.”
– Acts 13:26 (NIV)
“Father, You know that it is upsetting for us when we have family members that have not accepted You as their Lord and Savior. Please help us to diligently pray for our lost loved ones, and show us how we can share Your love in a gentle way. Allow me now to pray for the salvation of my family members, including…”